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Cash is under pressure again on this side of the pond and it’s parking that’s the driver (yuk yuk). Lem Bingley notes that parking meters in Great Pulteney Street are adorned with stickers, informing motorists that they will shortly no longer be able to pay with cash. Since early October it’s been possible to park and pay by phone, as part of an experiment being run by Westminster Council. It’s obviously working, since they’re taking away the cash alternative. Hardly surprising since the council loses 20K pounds every week to meter thieves. Presumably, using coins in meters will soon be considered some form of entrapment or a deviant behaviour that endangers council workers as much as it appears to endanger parking attendants in theme parks. Digital money won’t triumph over cash because of some grand vision from technologists such as me, but because of Health & Safety.