I expend a lot of hot air trashing the Bee’s comment feature, but today I have to eat my words. (It appears I must also attend mixed metaphor college.) From today’s Bee story about two library branches no longer accepting cash after the branches have experienced thefts.
Commenter “kevinakin1950” smartly questions the legality of refusing to accept American currency, and goes on to point out that a no-cash policy would discriminate against the poor, who presumably don’t have credit cards. (Let’s not get started on all the people out there who are poor because of their credit cards…)
I agree with this commenter that the policy is hopelessly ill-conceived and should be repealed immediately. That being said, I do sympathize with folks who have to handle cash at closing time. Just the other night I saw a story about a robbery at a mobile phone store in North Natomas (cannot find it anywhere now–sadly, I think that’s because there have been several even scarier armed robberies in the last few days). I sympathize with folks who have to handle cash in general. But the library needs to find a better way to secure its small cash deposits.
Not to mention — Sac Public Library has only recently lost more than $1 million due to criminals in leadership positions, as we all know. It would be funny — not funny ha-ha, sure — if that kind of large scale theft could pass unnoticed, but the board would allow branches to stop accepting U.S. currency to prevent a theft of $300.
(It’s sad, but it has probably been a long time since the tags “Local Idiots” and “Local Gub’mint” were not most commonly applied in tandem…)