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Pittsburgh city services now accept credit cards

October 2, 2013

Customers now demand that the retail outlets they shop at and the online stores they frequent accept credit payments at the point of sale.

Customers now demand that the retail outlets they shop at and the online stores they frequent accept credit payments at the point of sale. Some cities are now beginning to alter their services to better serve customer preferences, allowing shoppers to move one step closer to the day where they’ll no longer need to carry cash for any reason.

The Pittsburgh City Council passed a resolution earlier this week recommending that all city departments begin accepting credit cards and debit cards as a form of payment, according to a report from Pittsburgh-area radio station WESA. The council did not specify a timeline for the installation of the credit card processing terminals, but Darlene Harris, president of the council, noted that the credit card terminals were necessary in order for the city to keep up with contemporary preferences. 

“Most governments have already come around to using debit cards and credit cards, but the city (of Pittsburgh) hasn’t,” Harris told WESA. “This will bring the city into the 21st century.”

Other public services in Pennsylvania have also begun to outfit their locations with payment processing terminals. The trustees of the Reading Public Library voted last month to install credit card terminals throughout all the county’s branches, noting that the electronic payment options had the potential to generate additional funds for the organization. 

Harris also spoke to WESA about the ubiquity of credit card and debit card payments, suggesting that accepting electronic payments can allow service providers to expand their client base. She noted that the implementation of the terminals will not cost the city a significant amount of funds. 

“I myself will use debit and credit cards instead of carrying cash around,” she told the news outlet. “People don’t like to carry cash these days.”

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