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Teen busker is a card (reader) carrying pioneer

A TEENAGE busker with dreams of making it in the music industry is embracing change — and asking fans to pay her with a contactless card reader.

Canny singer-songwriter Jess Josie Lee can now accept payments by credit and debit card thanks to the machine that’s linked to her mobile phone.

Jess, 19, bought the £30 device after realising that fewer people carry cash and coins, and has raised enough money to fund her debut EP, which is due out next month.

Jess, from Oxford, said: ‘If coins were to die out, even though I have a card machine I would make less money because I imagine a lot of people would not entirely trust a busker’s card reader.

‘I think buskers will continue to make plenty of money from coins for a few more years, until tourists all start using debit cards with no international fees.

‘But most tourists get cash out at money exchange shops which is the main thing keeping us going.

‘If our future is cashless, buskers will find a way.’

In 2016, just 40 per cent of all UK payments were made with cash, and it is predicted that by 2026 cash may account for only 21 per cent of purchases.

Bernard Goodchild, a financial advisor for Oxfordshire Business Enterprise, said: ‘I don’t think England will ever become a cashless society, as the public do not want to get their cards out on the street to pay, and there is always the underlying risk of fraud.’