The featured image of this post shows a Dutch market booth where debit cards are accepted. The sign with the “Pinnen. Ja graag” means Pay with pin (Personal Identification Number). Sure. In Germany this is an utopia. People still prefer cash payments, because they find cashless payments spooky. They are always concernded about their holy data.
One time I had some lunch in a restaurant and I asked, if they accepts card payment. When the man, who served me, answered “sure” I said “Thank God, because I have no cash”. A totally stranger, who sat at a table next to where I was standing, startded to shout “Do you really want to sell your soul? You are one of those nazis who want to rule and dominate the people!!!”
Moments like this one give me the impression, that some Germans have quite a strange mindset. An outdated mindsrt. A mindset which causes Germany being backwards compared with the rest of the world.
This, for Dutch people, strange mindset leads ofthen to heavy discussions with freinds. But they are stubborn and most of them really hate the fact, that the world will become completely digital.
In Holland cashless payment started quite early. We’re curious people and open for new things. In Germny although, this feature is still not adapted everywhere. Even in our hazardous times I have to pay cash. Even my new bank card is still not optimized for contactless spayment.