No Cash = No Problem At Stoner's Novelty Store

By John W. Davis

August 27, 2010 Updated Aug 27, 2010 at 5:46 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Plastic or plastic. That is the new rule at Stoner's Novelty Store as the business is no longer accepting cash, after an armed robbery last Thursday.

The policy has been in place all week, so Indiana's NewsCenter wanted to know if any customers had been inconvenienced by the sudden change.

"We've had nobody have any negative things. We've had some calls not people coming in but calling and saying what a great idea and a great luck with it one guy said I think you're going to start a trend," said Stoner's Novelty Store Owner Dick Stoner.

Stoner did admit that one customer did want to pay with cash.

But when the woman was told about the new policy, she easily agreed and paid with a credit card.

"I don't mind that policy at all. Actually we've moved to using debit and credit cards, mostly debit cards and we don't carry a lot of cash ourselves. It's not really a surprise in the world today," said Stoner's Novelty Store Customer Rick Taylor.

Meanwhile, legal questions have arisen about not accepting cash.

Stoner said his new policy is completely legal.

"Legal tender for any debt. But they don't have a debt with us, they're just buying something so it is a different context," said Stoner.

Stoner's downtown fun store is still accepting cash.

Owners feel more comfortable with cash transactions at that location because they have more workers and better security measures.

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