Maureen Turner: We Are Family


I Am All In Favour Of A Cashless Society

Where Do I Get My Chip Implanted?

I am one of those people who never carries cash. I pay for almost everything with my debit card. Thankfully, most establishments are set up with debit machines, so it’s rarely a problem…except on those fun occasions when you park in an underground parking lot and have to pay with nickels and dimes that you find under your car seat because there is no way you are going all the way back to street level to the bank machine. Not that I’ve ever experienced that—often.

So, I guess all this talk of a cashless society really doesn’t phase me. Is it unpatriotic to say I will not miss the penny? Pennies are the reason purses are so heavy! I say good riddance my little copper friend. As a matter of fact, I will be donating my pennies to Pennies From Heaven.

Not only will I not miss the penny, I look forward to the demise of the nickel, dime, quarter, loonie, and twoonie! I do, however, think the new 50 and 100 dollar bills are totally cool, and if you could actually spend them anywhere, I would suggest keeping them for their cool factor.

I might save a few coins and bills though. One day, you will be able to show them to your grandkids, and they will look at them the way our kids look at records or typewriters.

Other than the obvious daily phone calls from my parents about how to pay for things, I think a cashless society is a brilliant idea! So, where do I get my chip implanted? What? You mean I’m still going to have to carry my phone or my bank card?

I know, I know, you’re concerned about your privacy, the government being able to track your every move, see what you’re buying when. I say, if you’re not doing anything illegal, shouldn’t matter. If the government wants to monitor my menstrual flow by when I buy tampons, feel free!

A cashless society, means no more people getting robbed in the streets. You will have to be way smarter to rob people now.

So, how will this work? Well, that’s the great debate right now. The Canadian Mint is offering a reward for software developers to come up with the “Mint Chip” (which sounds delicious, by the way), an app that will rid us of our cumbersome cash all together. Funny enough, the reward is a big ole pile of gold…nothing says futuristic like a pot of gold.

Now, All you have to do is come up with an app that will change the entire way society functions! I already sent my husband the details, so I am sure we will be depositing our gold and spending it on our phones in no time!