Meet the Brit man who lived ten months without cash!September 21st, 2008 - 6:36 pm ICT by ANI
London, Sept 21 (ANI): A Brit man has been living the past 10 months without cash only to see if it is possible to live in a cashless society.
The pledge of not using use any currency with the Queen’’s head on it, including notes, coins and even stamps for a year after a drunken bet made by James Allen last December in a pub that did not accept cards.
A web content editor by profession, Allan said that he wanted to see if it was possible to live a cash-free life, although he admitted that he thought his friend was the subject of the bet and not himself.
He only used credit and debit cards to buy goods and services.
“It was all right at first because I had a very supportive girlfriend who bailed me out, but when the relationship went awry in January, I realised how difficult it was going to be,” Telegraph quoted Allan, as saying.
The 25-year-old Briton did face some low points, including not being able to use supermarket trolleys because they require a 1 pound coin to unlock them, and having to walk past a 50 pounds note he found lying in the street.
He was also forced to walk 10 miles across London one night because he could not find anywhere to top up his Oyster card, while he has often had to make extra purchases in corner shops to meet the minimum 5 pound-spend needed to pay by card.
Another problem arose when he needed to put down 800 pound cash deposit on his accommodation, and he had to get his mother to come down from Oxford to handle the transaction for him.
Allan said he was likely to continue to live without cash when the year comes to an end.
I keep changing my mind but I find money unbelievably vulgar now. It is filthy and dirty and I have really gone off it,” he said. (ANI)
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