Mass. AG investigates legality of Fenway Park cashless payment system – NBC Boston

Authorities are investigating whether Fenway Park’s new cashless payment system violates Massachusetts law.

Press Secretary Chloe Gotsis said in a statement Monday that Attorney General Maura Healey’s office was reviewing whether “the service is accessible and fair to all consumers.”

Ahead of the Red Sox home opener, the team announced that the stadium would no longer accept cash, explaining that concession stands would only accept credit cards or contactless payment services on smartphones. The team said the change was made “for convenience and to improve speed of service.”

The attorney general’s office said it was investigating whether the new policy was against the law, specifically citing MGL c 255D Section 10A.

“No retail establishment offering goods and services for sale shall discriminate against a cash purchaser by requiring a purchaser to use credit to purchase those goods and services,” the law states. “All such retail establishments must accept legal tender when offered for payment by the purchaser.”

Gotsis noted that “not everyone has access to a credit card, and consumers should not face economic barriers to accessing goods and services.”

Anyone affected by a business that does not accept cash payments is urged to contact the Attorney General’s office.


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Elaine R. Knight