FACT CHECK: No, Walmart Has Not Banned Cash Payments
A viral Facebook post shared over 5,500 times claims Walmart stopped accepting cash payments starting July 13.
While Walmart has asked customers to pay with cards when possible, it still accepts cash as payment. A spokeswoman for Walmart confirmed “cash is welcome” at all stores.
The Federal Reserve states on its website that “business and bank closures associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have significantly disrupted the supply chain and normal circulation patterns for U.S. coins.” That slowed pace of circulation has resulted in an ongoing nationwide coin shortage, according to USA Today.
Businesses across the country have adjusted their operations to deal with the national coin shortage. A viral Facebook post alleges that Walmart stopped accepting cash payments entirely starting July 13.
“Just so you guys know,” the July 12 post reads. “Starting tomorrow Walmart is card only. No cash at all.” (RELATED: Did Walmart Tweet, ‘We Won’t Be Rebuilding Walmarts In Cities Without Police’?)
But, as multiple Facebook users pointed out in the comments, the claim doesn’t hold up. The Daily Caller News Foundation didn’t find any media reports about Walmart banning cash payments. Tricia Moriarty, a Walmart spokeswoman, told the DCNF that cash is “welcome at all of our stores.”
“Like most retailers, we’re experiencing the effects of the nationwide coin shortage,” Moriarty said in an email to the DCNF. “We’re asking customers to pay with card or use correct change when possible if they need to pay with cash. Cash is welcome at all of our stores.”
Moriarty said that some self-checkout registers at Walmarts have been converted to only accept cards and that customers can also “donate their change to charity.”
This isn’t the first time the nationwide coin shortage has sparked an unfounded claim on social media. On July 24, The Associated Press debunked a viral conspiracy theory that the coin shortage was a hoax created by the federal government to usher the U.S. into a cashless society.
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