Typically, I’m a fan of lawmakers, activists, or whoever has some political or societal clout doing things to help businesses or regular people avoid a head on collision with the disruptive force known as Amazon. But the stories that have come out in the past week or so really have me feeling like it was the lawmakers and activists who needed the saving. First, there was the takedown of Amazon HQ2 in New York City, and now it’s the City Council in my own backyard effectively putting the kybosh on Amazon Go stores.
On Thursday of last week, the Philadelphia City Council passed a resolution proposed by Councilman Bill Greenlee that prohibits stores from not accepting cash as a form of payment. According to Greenlee, stores that only accept credit cards or payment apps discriminate against the poor.