German monastery goes plastic


 A German monastery is replacing its collection boxes with machines that accept payments from debit and credit cards. The Benedictine monastery and church at Schaeftlarn, south of Munich in Bavaria, said they wanted to make donations easier as many visitors wanted to donate, but often had no cash on them. Another advantage is that the electronic collection box is unlikely to be broken into, so can be in use day and night. Payments go straight into the monks' bank account as soon as the PIN code and amount is typed in. Donors will get a receipt for the taxman. For more information about Schaeftlarn see: www.abtei-schaeftlarn.de/klostart.htm

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