Many businesses were already transitioning to cashless transactions pre-Covid, but the pandemic really sped things up. After it’s not just safer to minimise physical contact, but it’s also a whole lot more convenient to use e-wallets these days (especially since not everyone is eligible to apply for a debit/credit card).
Malaysian YouTuber Cody Hong (方志勇) – just like the rest of us – doesn’t carry cash out these days. After all, everything you need is usually available on your mobile phone right? Unfortunately, he learnt that there are still some F&B businesses in the Klang Valley that don’t accept cashless payments.
Earlier this week, the 27-year-old influencer took to his Instagram Stories to put a well-known restaurant in Petaling Jaya on blast. In his rant, Cody shared that he has been a loyal customer at this particular eatery for the past 8 years but will no longer return after his recent spat with the restaurant owner.
It had been a long day when he finished his supper around midnight. According to the public figure, he rarely carries cash ever since MCO started. Things apparently got heated when he was done with his meal and wanted to pay cashless. The restaurant owner, however, insisted that he only pay with cash. Unfortunately, there wasn’t an ATM nearby for him to redraw money.
The owner chided Cody for going out with money in the first place. After much back and forth, the owner finally accepted to let him pay via Touch ‘N Go e-wallet. Following his IG Story postings, fellow influencer Michelle Lim – better known as Han Xiiao Aii (i韓曉噯) – agreed that even many small businesses now use Duit Now for cash less transactions.
Have you encountered any situations where you had insufficient cash and had to approach a random stranger to transfer money via e-wallet in exchange of cash? Personally, we’ve experienced it at the LRT and night market. At least Cody wasn’t hangry when the incident took place.