Cash Free Policy – You’ve Got to be Kidding Me
I’m appalled at how some residents and neighbors in our Community have a need to find controversy in the most benign of topics. The Discovery Bay CSD’s recent Board policy to no longer accept cash is smart move for both efficiency, safety and liability. The CSD is not a retail outlet selling everyday merchandise to the public. Accepting cash requires a whole array of procedures and controls to insure the proper counting, bookkeeping, safekeeping and transportation to the bank. For the very few individuals who have the need to make an anonymous requests they should got get a money order or bank check. If there is a small fee for that it should be their problem not the rest of Community’s or the Board’s. It is frankly moronic for an organization like our CSD to be bothered with all the safekeeping and administrative requirements to properly deal with cash payments. Moving to a non cash policy is just plain good business sense which is what we seem to have been lacking. Isn’t there any topic that some of our community members can avoid complaining about? The Board is trying to reduce costs and streamline administrative procedures and as a result all members of the Community will benefit. We are well beyond the days when everything was paid for in cash, it’s time to move into 20th century. Many large businesses and service providers have moved to a non cash policies years ago, many airlines no longer accept cash for in flight services, it’s time to wake up. Jeff Barber’s recent grumbling email to the Press on this topic clearly demonstrates either naiveté or a need for anger management classes. Jeff and others should save their complaints for significant, meaningful and legitimate issues and stop the whining and pettiness on every minor topic. The rest of us who want legitimate and constructive change are really getting tired of those in the Community that do little to contribute and make a sport of poking their fingers in the eye of whoever volunteers their time to the CSD Board. I applaud the Board’s decision to employ smart business practices and find ways to reduce their operating costs. Separately I look forward to the day when the perennial complainers do something constructive for the Community.
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