Woman praised for rant warning about the dangers of taking away cash
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A woman has been praised after calling out the concerning move towards a cashless society.
With fewer and fewer people using actual cold, hard cash these days, an increasing amount of transactions are done online.
And while many - mostly younger - people love the freedom of being able to pay with a simple tap of their phone or card, others are deeply worried by it all.
Thousands out there believe that restricting the use of coins and notes makes us more susceptible to being hacked and monitored by the 'deep state', as well as it being more difficult for older people - many of who don't have smartphones.
So outraged by the trend, Melbourne resident Julie Christensen wrote to her local newspaper to lay out her fears.
A letter published in The Ange back in June read: “If some people want to rely solely on digital financial transactions, let them. But don’t take away cash for the rest of us.
“My $50 note can’t be hacked. If I’m robbed, I lose $50, not my entire life savings. If my $50 note is accidentally immersed in water, it still works.
“My $50 note doesn’t need batteries, it can’t be 'out of range', and it won’t break if it’s dropped. If the system is down, I can still use my note.
“My $50 note can be put into a charity box or given to a homeless person.
“Sure I use a card sometimes for large purchases, but for everything else, please leave me the option of cash. It simplifies life.”
Many took to social media to praise Julie's rant, with hundreds writing “well said” and “totally agree” in the comments section.
And it turned out that Julie was not alone; thousands of people have since come out and expressed their own concerns about the rise of digital currency.
This also comes after another woman revealed that she was unable to get cash out of her bank.
Taryn Comptyn, from Brisbane, shared a video to TikTok recently in which she explained that her local branch refused to give her money because they didn't carry any cash on site.
Instead, she was given a new card - which didn't work - and told to use one of their ATMs to get the $3,500 she needed to pay for renovations on her house.
In the end, Taryn opened a new account with another bank, transferring all of her money into it.
The mum said in the video it worried her that a bank could just refuse to hand over her money.
She said: "But it just got me thinking about our banking system and where we're at and how the hell can you go to a bank and not access your own money?"
The post was captioned: "How the hell can you go to a bank and be told you cannot access your own money?"