Starbucks reverts to cash amid tech glitch

The coffee retailer was only able to accept cash and Starbucks App payments on Monday during a company-wide technology snafu

Latte drinkers seeking their fix at Starbucks may have been turned away Monday if they didn't have cash, or if they weren’t users of the company’s phone app. That was not because of a shortage of syrups, or due to striking baristas, but because they tried to pay with a card. 

On Monday, cash was king. The company declined to elaborate on the cause of the tech glitch, and it was unclear whether it struck locations worldwide.

The system shutdown came amid ongoing strikes by employees that started over the weekend, and that are expected to affect over 150 stores, according to labor union Starbucks Workers United.

Starbucks, the world’s largest coffee chain, has been expanding cashless options in recent years, including payment through its own app, according to the media outlet Inc.

Starbucks has been steadily moving to a cashless future with options such as contactless payments and mobile ordering. But despite the conspiracy theories, the company has not gone completely cashless, though that may be the policy at individual stores.

By James Pothen on June 27, 2023
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