19 0

Ann Mintz’s Cleaner Cash with a Dollop of Disinfectant. Step 1: Spread bills flat on a clean baking sheet, as you would seasonal vegetables. Step 2: Spray generously with any sanitizer. Step 3: Let sit for two days. Voilà! Fresh semi-laundered money. Then her sanitized currency sat even longer, like it was counterfeit tender. “It took us months to get through it,” says Mintz, a professional fundraiser in Philadelphia. During the pandemic, she’s gone to the automated teller machine precisely once to deposit a check, not to withdraw more cash because . . . why? “Given the choice, I would rather go back to using cash for small transactions,” Mintz says. “It helps people who are underbanked, who don’t have debit and credit cards.” Full story

10 August