Attorney General Maura Healey stated Monday that her workplace is “looking at” the brand new cashless fee coverage for concessions at Fenway Park, with fairness in thoughts.
When the Boston ballpark opened for its one hundred and tenth yr earlier this month, Red Sox officers introduced it had “transitioned to a fully cashless environment for the 2022 season,” accepting concession funds solely through bank card or smartphone.
The park has “Cash-2-Card” kiosks arrange, the place followers carrying money can load their cash onto a Mastercard debit card that may also be accepted at any enterprise that takes Mastercard.
During Healey’s “Ask the AG” look on GBH Radio, a listener emailed to ask Healey if Fenway’s cashless coverage violates the regulation.
“Well, it’s something that I read about recently happening over at Fenway, and I know it’s a problem because not everybody has moved to plastic,” Healey stated. “Now Fenway’s got a system that they’re putting cash on cards, but the question is whether that really is equitable and fair to people, so it’s something that my office is currently looking at and engaging with them on, because we want to make sure that people have an ability to use cash at the park.”
Massachusetts regulation requires retailers to “accept legal tender when offered as payment by the buyer,” and states: “No retail establishment offering goods and services for sale shall discriminate against a cash buyer by requiring the use of credit by a buyer in order to purchase such goods and services.”
Last session, Senate Ways and Means Chairman Michael Rodrigues and House Minority Leader Brad Jones filed payments to repeal the “cash discrimination” part of state regulation.
Both payments died when the Consumer Protection Committee included them in examine orders.
Similar cashless concession techniques had been applied final yr at Gillette Stadium and TD Garden, making Fenway Park the final of the foremost Boston sports activities venues to make the shift.
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