NEW ORLEANS - A local man has contacted the American Civil Liberties Union after he was snubbed by a clerk when he paid for Saints merchandise with cash.
"The clerk looked at me like I had leprosy while people using credit cards were smiled at and urged to come back," said Matt Wilkins. "I have never been treated so shabbily in my life."
The clerk, Andre Truffant, said Wilkins held the line up. "Things were going swimmingly before he showed up. People were happily paying for their Saints stuff with credit and debit cards and here he comes with cash. Come on, who uses cash anymore?"
Wilkins said he finds cash easier to use and it lessens the risk of identity fraud. "This isn't the first time I've been snubbed for paying with cash or writing a check," he said.
He recalled the time he was buying Christmas gifts and wrote a check and everyone became indignant, even the customers. "I spent a lot of money at the store and this is how I am treated."
The same thing happened at a cafeteria. "Everyone was happy until I pulled out my wallet and gave them cash," Wilkins said."I actually felt like they were talking and snickering at me behind my back. I have suffered severe emotional trauma from this."
When he paid cash for drinks at a club the music actually stopped. "I just don't get it," he said. "Cash is easier for me. I have plastic but I use it for emergencies."
The ACLU said it was still looking at the case but believes it appears to be a blatant example of cash discrimination. "I've never understood why everyone is so rush, rush," spokesman Fred Drew said. "Clearly Mr. Wilkins has been discriminated against."