The newest Amazon Go store will be doing something old: accepting cash.
The move comes amid growing backlash against cashless stores, which critics say exclude people who don’t have bank accounts. Amazon Go announced in April it will begin accepting cash, but didn’t say where.
At other locations, shoppers enter by scanning the Amazon Go app. That’s still the case for customers paying with a credit or debit card, but people paying with cash will have an “entry associate” scan them through the turnstile, an Amazon spokesperson said.
Once they’re finished, those shoppers will check out with an Amazon Go employee and receive a paper receipt. Cashless customers can still walk out by scanning a phone that has the Amazon Go app at the turnstiles. Customers using the Go app can exit without waiting and get a digitized receipt.