Björn was interviewed tonight on UK television. ITV's current affairs programme 'On Assignment' visited him at the ABBA museum to discuss his advocacy of Sweden's trailblazing progression towards a cashless society. It was an interesting and balanced look at the pros and cons of the gradual demise of cash transactions. Highlights included seeing the Stockholm equivalent of a Big Issue seller accepting card payments, as well as Björn's admission that 'Money Money Money' would no longer work as a song title! Here's an article about the edition which contains a short clip of Björn's interview:
Whether by accident or design, the programme was followed by an advert which began to the strains of Dancing Queen. It was a preview of this Thursday's 'The Nation's Favourite 70s Number One' special. The programme runs from 8.30 - 10pm on ITV, though it's a countdown chart format so expect ABBA to feature mainly at the business end of the show.
I understand the concept of going all cashless but the reality of it is when the power goes out you can't pay with a card, if the credit card system is down you can't buy anything. Are you going to send your 3 year old out to the ice cream truck with a debit/credit card? If there is some major storm or emergency where you can't use any type of credit/debit card....maybe it will happen I don't know. I know it is difficult to get the elderly to use credit or debit they still prefer using cash and writing checks. As far as going cashless to stop people from stealing that isn't going to work the thieves will just figure out another way to steal and convert those stolen items into some form of monies.