Woolworths has long allowed Australians to withdraw up to $500 cash from the company’s supermarkets without even making a purchase, depending on the cash available in each store.
That will change this week when the supermarket giant’s withdrawal limit is reduced to $200, in line with other retailers, and in response to a reduction in demand.
Shoppers will still be able to make the withdrawals without needing to make a purchase first, but that too will change next month.
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That secondary change to the store’s cash withdrawal policy, requiring shoppers to make a purchase before withdrawing cash, will come into effect by the end of October.
But there won’t be any minimum purchase limits, so whether it’s a carton of milk or a packet of chewing gum, you’ll still be able to withdraw hundreds from the store.
“From mid-September, we will be reducing the limit of cash customers can withdraw from our stores per transaction,” a Woolworths spokesperson told 7NEWS.com.au.
“This is due to the lack of cash being used in transactions, with the majority of customers opting for card-only transactions.”
Keeping cash on the premises comes at a cost to the supermarket giant, but while there is no obligation to offer the service, Woolworths acknowledged the public’s need to access cash, as thousands of bank ATMs disappear across Australia.
“We understand cash remains an important payment option for some customers,” the spokesperson said.
“That’s why we’ll continue to offer the ability to withdraw cash.”
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