Monday, August 06, 2007

And who says religion isn't big business?

The ATM in the Church Lobby - TIME
They were so successful in his own church that he now markets the devices privately and has placed them in 35 congregations across the U.S. "People don't carry cash," he says, noting that total income from contributions has increased 18% since the first kiosk was installed in 2005. Coins and paper money now account for less than 5% of that total.
Yes, they say it's to document a paper trail in order to help church members account for charitable donations, but they've found a dubious, yet very profitable, side effect: People give more. So this preacher man started selling them to other churches.