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Cash or credit: The Salvation Army bell ringers now accept credit cards [progress]

Salvation Army Charity Bucket security seal, Oxford Street, London, UK.JPGFirst it was McDonald’s, then NYC taxi cabs, and now even the Salvation Army Bell Ringers are going to begin accepting credit cards.

The charity announced it will be rolling out new card processing Red Kettles in New York and 120 other cities next week. During a three-city pilot program last year, the average credit card donation was $15 compared with only $2 for cash contributors.

The program is also good news for donors, who can now earn cash-back on their contributions and even institute a charge-back if they have second thoughts about it.

The Salvation Army’s announcement means that basically everyone is on board with accepting credit cards, except for that whiny merchant coalition and the horrible pizza place across the street from me.

God Bless America and God Bless Credit Cards!

[Daily News via Gothamist]

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  1. Haha, guess you’re not a fan of Cafe Amore.

    That;s pretty genius of The Salvation Army though. As long as they can implement it well I’m sure that their street-side donations will skyrocket. I know I don’t always have change or loose bills and I wouldn’t necessarily drop a $20 in a bucket…but oddly enough I might throw $20 on a credit card. And like you said….afterward when you see Modern Warfare 2 at GameStop you can just do a charge back (you’re bad):

    1. nowooski says:

      No. I’m not a fan of Cafe Amore. Their pizza is bad, overpriced and they are always trying to institute minimum purchase amounts if you want to use a credit card.

      Fortunately there is another pizza place moving in across the street from them!

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