A nationwide coin shortage is hitting major retailers across the US. Walmart is the latest retailer, and the largest, to announce, customers must use credit and debit cards when making purchases.
"Like most retailers, we're experiencing the affects of the nationwide coin shortage," Walmart spokesperson Avani Dudhia told FOX 8. "We're asking customers to pay with card or use correct change when possible if they need to pay with cash."
Cash-paying customers are still welcomed at all stores, though self-checkout registers will only allow customers to pay with a card.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell recently said virus-related lockdowns raised concerns about coin circulation. He told AP that the "flow of funds through the economy stopped" due to closures in the economy.
Walmart was not sure how long the ban on money at self-checkout registers would last, considering it's a nationwide issue.
We've noted a handful of retailers so far that have banned cash/coins, including Kroger, Meijer, Dollar Tree, and Wawa.
Twitter users seem to think the pandemic was a cover by elites to push a "cashless society:"
Anyone else notice that post-corona, the cashless society is now almost completely in place with barely a whimper of dissent?— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) July 15, 2020
Went to #Walmart today. They would not allow customers to get any #cash back while checking out. They had a sign asking for #coins and would not allow the use of cash at self checkout.— TheLast✝️FreeGeneration (@John14_26_) July 15, 2020
This is an indicator something is coming. #TheGreatReset #TheGlobalReset
At a Walmart 😐 seriously people!?!? Where did all of the coins go?? Corona didn’t eat them! 🙄😤— 🚫DM 🚫Lists 🐕🐈🙏♥️🇺🇸 (@soft63389) July 15, 2020
One world government? Cashless society?
Government rule!? One world government!?
Wake up America!!!!!!! Wake up Church!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/8W5yXyztjL
Walmart asking customers to pay with cards, amid ongoing national coin shortage https://t.co/PShtM1vSty Coin shortage is intentional! George Soros is behind this he wants along with his other cohorts For us to be a cashless society!— julie carducci (@sseneqinu) July 15, 2020
@libertytarian a friend of mine posted this on her Facebook profile. Looks like Walmart is slowly rolling out the cashless society. Also, I went to a local VA Walmart and their self checkouts was all card only. No cash. pic.twitter.com/8LHDBGd88O— Shane 🇺🇸 (@Skinner147) July 14, 2020
The “There is a National Coin Shortage all Self-Check puts are CARDS ONLY” experiment some places are running to see how the “cashless” system may operate. This sign was at MY local Walmart btw...meanwhile I got more coins then I need in the crib #FOH pic.twitter.com/9prLGScNWu— Craig (@BrothahAmore711) July 13, 2020
The pandemic could be ushering in structural change, that is, a cashless society.