In one of the “cooler” stories to surface this week, a 20-year-old New Zealander has opened up his own ice cream parlor in downtown Christchurch.

Student and cryptocurrency fan, Charlie Kavanagh, seized the opportunity to take over his boss’s business after two years behind the counter serving up gelati to the overheated Christchurch public. Renamed after the new owner, “Charlato” is now doing well with a few new changes.

From last Saturday, customers can part with their Bitcoins in exchange for a cooling ice cream after Charlie introduced Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) payments along with the café’s new name. Charlie had his eyes on changes for the business and it wasn’t long before an idea clicked.

He explained: “I was looking at the (gelato) container and I said, “you know what? I want to do something with it. If I want to start something I’d better start now”.”

The self-confessed die-hard crypto believer added, “It will do to banks what Amazon did to retail and what Netflix did to DVD stores… I might as well do it when I’m young.”

Charlie opened to mixed social media feedback with Reddit throwing up its usual mix, although the announcement he was accepting Bitcoin Cash went down particularly badly with one commentator:

“Bcash.. You have no concept of decentralization, immutability, and network security via proof of work. Might as well accept counterfeit bills. As long as you can fool someone into accepting fake bills (or bcash) you’re good!”

The response was generally favorable, however, apart from Charlie’s mum who wasn’t at all happy on the idea. However, many commented it was a bold move and that it was good to see someone putting Bitcoin to good use by keeping the community cool.


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