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A paperless French society, a late April fool?

MidiLibre/Scoop, Nov 27

The Deputy of LREM Hérault, Patricia Mirallès, proposes to ban cash receipts.

After plastic bags, disposable plates, cutlery and straws, Patricia Mirallès wants to ban paper cash receipts.

A typical hypermarket uses 848,000 metres of paper in till rolls a year.

A simple bakery uses 6,000 metres a year, and a small to medium supermarket uses 48,000 metres a year.

In some big brands, the transition has already been made. Cash receipts are sent directly to the customer’s e-mail address. However, it’s a much more complicated operation to set up for small stores.

[An admirable goal, but it’s difficult to comprehend who’s going to develop the software to do this, when France is already about 20 years behind the times on websites and online advertising. It’s also hard to imagine the customers of, let’s just say, a certain age, at the cash till giving up their chequebooks and handing over their on-line identities. Any takers to develop this project? Ed]

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