I used to buy all my running shoes from the local PX when I was in the military. It wasn’t until my final years in the service that I purchased my footwear from running specialty shops. In that time, I have not handed over any physical bills for shoes in well over a decade… at least.
Last night, I received news that AAFES, the Army and Air Force Exchange Services (think Wal-Mart or Target, but for two of the branches of the Department of Defense), is asking all its customers to minimize the use of cash and checks, and instead go with credit/debit cards or gift cards. This will limit exchanging physical items since the Chief Financial Officer of AAFES pointed out that bacteria and viruses can live on paper and coins for a period of time.
This kind of reminded me of my last several deployments when the base shops would not take coins, but instead use pogs as currency. Of course, back then reducing a type of money was not for sanitary reasons, but for dealing with funding shortages, because no one wanted to pay for a soda in nothing but pennies.
Needless to say, the COVID-19 pandemic is something to take seriously.
You can read the email I received below:
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