ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MARCH 29: A vendor uses a credit card system to complete a sale during a baseball game at Tropicana Field on March 29, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Rays became the first professional sports team to go cashless for all transactions this season. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
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