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Woolworths and Coles supermarkets targeted by new cashless bomb

Cash advocates are calling on all Australians to boycott Woolworths and Coles supermarkets nationwide on Saturday, May 4.

Facebook group Call Out Cashless Businesses is leading the national movement encouraging consumers to avoid shopping at supermarket giants.

“Cash is king” supporters have taken aim at Woolworths and Coles over recent changes to cash withdrawal policies and their decision to place more card-only self-service checkouts in stores.

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In a flyer widely circulated on social media, the group, which has more than 55,000 members, singled out Coles and Woolworths in the 24-hour strike.

“Avoid both stores on May 4, 2024,” it reads.

“DO NOT give them any transaction. Instead, support family businesses.

“May the 4 be with you…”

This flyer has been circulating on social media. Credit: Facebook

7NEWS.com.au understands that both Coles and Woolworths accept cash in all their stores and have no plans to go cashless.

In response to the national boycott, a cash supporter asked shoppers to stay away from more stores on the national day of action.

“I don’t see why we shouldn’t boycott all the big companies: ALDI, BigW, Kmart, Coles, Woollies, IKEA, (Harvey) Normal, Amazon etc. and only buy from the independents, the independent small business owners” , said. aggregate.

The move has attracted widespread support on social media, with many saying they would avoid Coles and Woolies on May 4.

“I agree, small businesses are really struggling right now and where we should really be investing our money. Otherwise, they will become extinct and the giants will have even more power,” said one of them.

Another added: “This is happening all over the world. “The elites don’t want you to use cash.”

A third wrote: “I’m sure they will boycott as much as possible.”

Cash supporters oppose more card-only cash registers in stores. Credit: Supplied

Added one more: “You should be doing this already! A little late to the party, but better late than never.”

Another said: “Cash is legal tender and it is illegal to refuse to use it.”

However, some social media users have pointed out that many have no choice but to shop at major retailers.

“Because they all employ Australians and for me that is the most important thing,” argued one. “Keeping Australians employed. Imagine the domino effect if no one shopped at these big box retailers. Truck drivers, suppliers, etc.”

Another said: “Because it’s just not affordable for most people.”