Amazon’s just-opened NYC cashless store could be banned

In New York City, you can now walk into an Amazon store, scan an app on your phone, shop for your stuff, and walk out. No cashiers. No lines. Just a list of purchases on your next statement.

  • Amazon initially chose NYC for its east coast headquarters but the deal went south last February, when union leaders and left-leaning politicians spooked Amazon into moving on to their second-choice location.
  • The Amazon cashless store is also causing politicians to consider new legislation.
  • Despite a worldwide trend toward cashless purchases, some states are banning these stores because they discriminate against people who don’t have smartphones and bank accounts.

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