Korean nail salons are closing down in droves and will no longer be accepting cash, according to some owners who have opened up their shops to customers.
“There are no cash machines here,” said a customer at the luxury K-Beauty Salon in central Seoul.
“The only thing that we can accept is money.”
“We’ve had many customers ask us to stop accepting cash because they don’t want to spend any more money,” said another customer, who did not want to give her name for fear of being targeted by anti-Korean protesters.
“But there are other businesses in Seoul that accept cash.”
“There is a shortage of cash,” a manager at the upscale Hair Salon in Seoul told Reuters news agency.
“We can’t accept any more.”
The closures have come in the wake of a spate of attacks on Korean nail shops, which have also seen more than 100 people arrested in the past two weeks.
The K-beauty salon, which opened in 2006, has closed in response to rising crime and vandalism.
A few years ago, it was the most popular nail salon in Seoul.
The salon closed in May after a spate with angry customers throwing chairs, bottles and metal chairs at the doors.