"Hey, if it's on Facebook, and other people are posting it, I should post it, too! It's gotta be true, right? After all it says a famous person said it!"

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

If you've been duped into the social media posts about our country trying to shove a cashless society down our throats, you've been... well, duped.

Fooled. Tricked. Hoodwinked.

It's a hoax, people.

You may have noticed the "CASHLESS SOCIETY" posts popping up on your friends' feeds. Don't blame them, though, they just don't know any better. We're living in a fearful society, and people are scared of - well, lots of stuff.

The "Cashless Society" fear seems to have its roots in the fact that there is a coin shortage of some sort. Fortune.com says, "A growing number of businesses, including Kroger, Walmart, and CVS have had to stop giving change in coins. Many are asking customers to use cards or exact change whenever possible, while some smaller businesses and franchises have stopped accepting cash all together."

It seems a lot of people (HEY! Including me!) have been paying more and more with cards whenever possible since the Coronavirus pandemic began. (Hey, money is dirty - filthy.)

So, somehow the coin shortage prompted someone - and no one has been able to track down the original source - to put together a plea that we Americans are in for it, because our government is trying to control us yet again (see mask debate) - this time by forcing us to live without any legal tender in our lives.

If you're just jumping in here: don't believe it!

At least one version of the "Cashless Society" rant is attributed to known businessmen and financial radio show host, Dave Ramsey. Ramsey, though, says, it wasn't him:

Ramsey, on his website, DaveRamsey.com, goes on to say it's nothing he's really worried about:

I really don’t spend a lot of time thinking or worrying about the situation. When it comes right down to it, most businesses are doing that for one or two reasons. Some of them just think cash is old school, and they want to give the impression they’re cutting edge and into technology. Others do it, depending upon the space they’re in, because their sales using plastic are higher than with cash.

Honestly, I think the whole scenario is kind of silly. Businesses that are suddenly into the “no cash” thing lose out on a lot of transactions. There are still many people out there who only make purchases with cash. So, from a business owner’s perspective this philosophy can cut into your market share.

I’m a cash guy. There are some situations where I might walk away if someone wouldn’t accept cash. But in most cases I don’t think anything about it. I’ll just use my debit card, and buy what I need.

So, there you go, another social media post busted. Please people, your friends and I plead with you: Think before you post. Investigate before you post.

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