Coronavirus ‘will hasten the decline of cash’ 新冠疫情加速推進 「無現金」 社會

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The dramatic drop in cash withdrawals is the obvious result of more people having to do their shopping online. When they do venture out, many are suspicious of handling cash, which others might have touched.

現金提款量的急劇下降是由於越來越多的人不得不在網上購物。當部分人冒險外出時,許多人對經手現金心有疑慮,因為現金可能被他人觸摸過。

Traders who used to turn up their noses at plastic are bringing out their card readers. The figures come from the cash machine network LINK, which adds that in a survey of 2,000 shoppers, more than three quarters said the virus would affect their future use of cash. Once people change to buying over the internet or paying by card, they tend to carry on.

曾經對信用卡嗤之以鼻的商戶們現在紛紛開始使用讀卡器。這些數據來自自動取款機運營商 LINK,他們補充道,對2000名購物者的一項調查中,超過四分之三的購物者表示新冠病毒會影響他們未來對現金的使用。一旦人們轉向通過網絡購物或改用刷卡支付,這些人往往會繼續下去。

The problem is the faster the switch away from cash happens, the bigger the danger that shops stop taking it and more cash machines are closed. That could make life more difficult for the millions who still rely on notes and coins to run their lives.

問題是人們改用非現金支付的進程越快,商店不再接受現金支付的可能性就越大,自動取款機被停用的數量也就越多。這可能會使數百萬仍依賴紙幣和硬幣的人生活變得更加困難。

詞彙

drop 減少的數量
withdrawals 取錢,提款
venture out 冒險外出
handling 觸摸,拿
turn up their noses 嗤之以鼻
plastic 信用卡
card readers 讀卡器
cash machine 自動取款機
notes 紙鈔,紙幣
coins 硬幣

閱讀理解:請在讀完上文後,回答下列問題 。

1. True or false? Traders who didn’t like card payment are now  adapting to the changes.

2. According to the article, what caused the dramatic drop in cash withdrawals?

3. How many shoppers in the survey said the virus would affect their future use of cash?

4. According to the article, whose lives will be made more difficult if more cash machines are closed?

答案

1. True or false? Traders who didn’t like card payment are now  adapting to the changes.
True. (『Traders who used to turn up their noses at plastic are bringing out their card readers.』)

2. According to the article, what caused the dramatic drop in cash withdrawals?
The article says that more people having to do their shopping online led to the dramatic drop in cash withdrawals.

3. How many shoppers in the survey said the virus would affect their future use of cash?
More than 1,500, which is three quarters of the 2,000 shoppers surveyed, said the virus would affect their future use of cash.

4. According to the article, whose lives will be made more difficult if more cash machines are closed?
Those who still rely on notes and coins to run their lives.