By Devin Bartolotta

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After being robbed a handful of times in the past few months, one Baltimore coffee shop is no longer accepting cash to stop the robberies and keep their staff safe.

Nowadays, many people don’t carry cash in their wallets day-to-day, and at Park Cafe in Bolton Hill, cash payments are no longer on the menu.

“We’re not going to accept cash anymore,” said Park Cafe & Coffee owner David Hart. “I’m going to take that out of the equation.”

Park Cafe was robbed five times from October to January. While the armed suspect is now behind bars, those crimes pushed Hart to ditch the cash drawer altogether.

Most patrons are on board.

“I would say virtually 90 percent of them have said, ‘Listen, you needed to do what you needed to do to protect yourself and protect your staff. We will continue to support you,'” said Hart.

Hart said cash normally makes up 22 percent of Park Cafe’s revenue, but so far, they haven’t seen any change in their income since going cashless.

The coffee shop is working with a church and local pharmacy to find solutions for customers who only carry cash.

Although Park Cafe is card-only for safety reasons, cash use is on the decline nationwide, with only 10 percent of Americans now using cash only.

62 percent of people predict the U.S. will be a cashless society in their lifetime.

But there are two sides to this, as not everyone carries cards.

“I don’t use cards. I’ve seen too many of my friends that have lost everything they had with credit cards,” said one Baltimore resident.

“My mom, she doesn’t use plastic,” said Bolton Hill resident Lenora Lewis. “She still writes checks, still do cash.”

Loyola assistant professor J.P. Krahel tells WJZ’s Devin Bartolotta that a cashless society could leave some behind.

“The problem is, going cashless tends to benefit the wealthier members of society and tends to hurt the poorer ones,” said Krahel.

But for this Baltimore business, cash is taking a back seat to safety.

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Comments (66)
  1. Problem with this is that cash is considered ‘legal tender’ and as such MUST be accepted for payment as it states on U.S. currency. Written on each bill of U.S currency are the words “This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private.” I question the legality having a coffee shop that doesn’t accept cash as form of payment.

    1. So Voter ID laws = bad and racist
      Cash only = good in Baltimore because of robberies

      Can’t make this stuff up.

      1. Carl Quick says:

        I’m not sorry. I don’t do business with these kinds of people.
        No cash = No customer

        All Card payments are trackable and numbered. A mark to buy and sell.
        As Christian nation, either you resist this wickedness, or you’ve accepted it, and chosen to serve the very beast that branded you with traceable numbers. And, many will be credit slaves, always owing the moneychanger bankers.

        Who would Jesus tax

    2. Yep, that problem is on all the bar exams, I’m so sure. Go get drunk, you’ll feel better.

    3. Cory Carney says:

      Section 31 U.S.C. 5103, entitled “Legal tender” is probably what you’re thinking about with the clause written on the money itself however there is no federal or state law that says private entities must accept cash. Some airlines for instance do not accept cash for in flight drinks and food, Apple said they wouldn’t accept cash for iPhones, etc. Just Google it for more examples. Lots of private small businesses that get robbed back to back tend to shut down because the experience is too traumatic for them and it’s just not safe. I’d rather use a card or phone to pay than not have my favorite place open.

    4. Dan English says:

      Actually this is the law:
      Section 31 U.S.C. 5103, entitled “Legal tender,” states: “United States coins and currency [including Federal reserve notes and circulating notes of Federal reserve banks and national banks] are legal tender for all debts, public charges, taxes, and dues.”

      This statute means that all United States money as identified above is a valid and legal offer of payment for debts when tendered to a creditor. There is, however, no Federal statute mandating that a private business, a person, or an organization must accept currency or coins as payment for goods or services. Private businesses are free to develop their own policies on whether to accept cash unless there is a state law which says otherwise.

  2. Tessa Towne says:

    In other words, eff the poor. Figures.

    1. In other words, they got tired of subsidizing the lifestyle of some of Obama’s children. They figured paying out billions in welfare was enough.

    2. No, it’s called protecting your employees and patrons.

    3. You do realize all public assistance is doled out on debit cards already. The poor already have the debit card needed and if they are poor they should not be spending 4 bucks on coffee each day.
      You don’t think much do you.

    4. Rob Nema says:

      In other words, you’re a fool.

    5. jamesthaddeusfrancisgoad says:

      Yes, they should just keep getting robbed and robbed over and over again rather than face the terror of you sniffing disdainfully for being “racist.”

    6. No, they got tired of democrats shoving guns in his face.

    7. Red says:

      These days “The Poor” have “Apple Pay” loaded from taxpayer money.

      “The Poor” ought not be buying coffee out like that. “When I was “poor”, I made my coffee at home with store brand cheap coffee grounds.

      “The Poor” wouldn’t be as “poor” if they learned common sense….and THAT would be STOP BUYING YOUR GROCERIES AT THE CONVENIENCE STORE!

      A $2 bag of beans can feed a family for dinner. Don’t spend that $2 on RETAIL COFFEE!

  3. So the story is about how convenient or inconvenient it is to use credit instead of cash. Not much about the real problem…Baltimore does not have a Mayor, Police Chief, or police who work with business’ to correct the problem of frequent robberies.

  4. Ken Kaufman says:

    Nothing to see here, just some democrats robbing and stealing, instead of earning a living. This is the new normal in the Alt-Left’s socialist utopias. Avoid democrats. If democrats move near you, it’s time to leave.

  5. Nothing new here. Just the sons of Obama redistributing other people’s wealth as they were taught to do.

  6. Hao De says:

    logical since the baltimore mayor instructs the police to “just let them express themselves”.

    so why isn’t that a green light to all criminals ?

  7. Lib Serum says:

    Future history – “The beginning of the cashless economy we know today had it’s meager beginnings with a small coffee shop in old mega-plex of “Baltimore, Maryland,” part of the original United States. It was taken as a practical step to protect itself against armed robbery and was rapidly adopted as liberal inspired anarchy spread to other mega-plexes of that day.”

  8. Paul Roberts says:

    Park Cafe in Bolton Hill – Hey, Don’t be so tight!
    Offer free coffee to all law enforcement and have free donuts on hand for them. You will have a Police, Sheriff, State patrol in the cafe almost any time of the day. Crooks will not target places where law enforcement hangs. The cheapest insurance they could buy.

  9. What will the criminals do next time when there is no cash for them to steal? Since in MD only cops and the criminals have guns, the store owners and patrons will be at their mercy.

  10. Dan English says:

    Would have been more of a deterrent to pop a couple of the robbers since it sounds like a regular thing. THAT would get the word on the street quicker then anything.

  11. Try moving out of Baltimore. I bet your crime problem will disappear.

  12. The smell of the rotting body of the perk hoisted high above the shop will be a deterrent days after his screams have subsided.

  13. Lou Anthony says:

    Wonder what the mayor and DA of Baltimore have to say for themselves after berating and prosecuting the police. Stupidity has its consequences.

  14. Dee Christou says:

    My motto: “if they want your cash, give them lead instead…”

  15. Is a cup of coffee worth a trip to a war zone?

  16. Do you remember when a dollar bill was redeemable in SILVER? Do you remember when you could go to a casino and get 5 silver dollars for a $5.00 bill. How things have changed and that was changed in the 1970’s as I recall.
    Now everything is going digital and you can buy stuff with electric digits. Weird?

  17. RE: Loyola assistant professor J.P. Krahel tells WJZ’s Devin Bartolotta that a cashless society could leave some behind.
    You can change “could” to “will.” Every significant improvement in the human environment leaves some behind, all the way back to the shift from hunter/gatherers to fixed location agriculture/animal husbandry. The question is not “if” such a revolutionary change as the elimination of physical money will leave some, even many, behind, but what is to be done about it. Even now the “developed” economies have large and growing numbers/fractions of their population existing outside the “official” money economy, either through the informal economy, or large scale barter and time sharing.

  18. I jes has one question fo’ whitey – where are de peoples of color gwen to gets cash fo’ hair weaves, purple drank an’ spliffs if wez cants knock over de local establiments? Did ya all tinks of dat, crackers?

    1. Das wut duh EBT be fo, yo, dawg!

    2. John Oakman says:

      You speaks dee truff,Bro.

    3. What about the thousands of black customers that patronize his establishment every day? One guy robs him 5 times (who is in jail now btw) and all of the sudden all of his customers are robbing him?

  19. Do you remember when a dollar bill was redeemable in SILVER? Do you remember when you could go to a casino and get 5 silver dollars for a $5.00 bill. How things have changed and that was changed in the 1970’s as I recall.
    Now everything is going digital and you can buy stuff with electric digits. Weird?
    Now we get into the “They and the “Them” and who are “They’?
    Some of us know and our knowledge isn’t going to do us much good (for the moment) because few would believe the Truth and those SJW’s are simpletons doing their job…don’t you know? Socialist Je s Warriors.

    Guess what? Truth and Justice win this battle, this war. Some claim to have the “Secret Code to the Bible” but they don’t. It’s to simple. They know enough to fool you into thinking that going to church is what God Almighty wants from us but that’s not what He says. “Do Justly and obey my, [very simple commands] and I will set you free from those who would Baal (lord) over you. “Then you will call me “Ishi” and no longer call me Baali.”

    Haggai 1: 6 “You have sown much, [worked hard] and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; [because they sell you junky food] you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes.”…(illegal taxes and rules and regulations.)

  20. Suibne Geilt says:

    baltimore is just one of a hundred or so urban socialist sht holes in America….might be in the tiop ten…..the have been destroyed by race baiters and leftists…’s the worst part….IT WILL NEVER GET BETTER……NEVER…..THE DEMS NEED THAT KIND OF DISASTER TO KEEP THEIR CONSTITUENCY ENSLAVED BY IDENTITY POLITICS……its that simple kids.

    1. Got that right! Keep them in identity chains!

  21. The Ungowa tribe, and the We-Be beasts. Baltimore. Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Your mayor will give you a safe space to destroy, just keep it within the city limits is all! I just LOVE this!

  22. John Oakman says:

    Tell me again,another obolabot who is a goot boy, gonna turn he life round and go to kollege. Got it.

  23. More liberal success stories from the democratic Utopia of Baltimore.

  24. John Crane says:

    “The problem is, going cashless tends to benefit the wealthier members of society and tends to hurt the poorer ones,” said Krahel.

    Let the dysfunctional “poor” go to McDonalds.

  25. Al Krause says:

    “The problem is, going cashless tends to benefit the wealthier members of society and tends to hurt the poorer ones,” said Krahel. ]

    More elitist nonsense, just like “voter ID is racist”. Going cashless includes ATM and EBT cards.
    I doubt there are many poor people out there without an ATM card or an EBT card.

  26. It’s ironic. Obama and liberals are silent on the 2,700 blacks who shot each other in Chicago in 2015. Blacks shoot each other like it’s an Olympic sport and Obama is silent.. Including CONSTANTLY shooting their own women and children.

    Dems are the biggest threat to the American way of life…They hate Americans, the Constitution, and free market capitalism. Obama destroyed our economy with measures like the ACA and immigration amnesty. The “Affordable” Care Act has been nothing short of a disaster. My health insurance bill is up to $450/month. (Compare this to my $25/month auto insurance from Insurance Panda or my $10/month renters insurance… both private enterprise!) Keep your hands off us!

    And he wants to grab guns from white people. Keep your hands off us!

    Black shootings are unending and constant.

    Obama doesn’t care about black children and babies shot by other blacks. He just waits for a white guy to shoot someone then acts appalled.

  27. liberals are a disgusting joke

  28. The problem isn’t cash. The problem is níggers, and everyone knows it.

  29. More great news from Black lib controlled charm city. Folks used to expect government to enable them to function in safety. Now they recognize that they must protect themselves, local dem governments are to busy protecting black criminals and attacking the Police.
    AS mosby said..”I hear you (black crooks)” Sweet

  30. Paul Brewer says:

    OH NO !! NOT THOSE PESKY “TEENS” AGAIN>>>>>>>and again

  31. Morey Ladini says:

    Having a gun behind the counter would spare the cash and spare the neighborhood of a menace.

  32. This is what happens when the Police don’t, by law, have to protect you. What a mess and am I glad I don’t live in Baltimore. Was taking a trip to watch a ball game this Summer. NOT ANY MORE!

  33. John Sorger says:

    Obviously the problem here is a lack of coffee control. If there weren’t coffee shops in Baltimore there wouldn’t be coffee shop robberies. It’s never ever the dindu nuffins’ fault.

  34. The mayor has endorsed criminal behavior-so what if the business is robbed? they are all Obama’s kids.

  35. Just watced a mediocre, at best, post apocalyptic flick. One of the cities shown in the intoduction was identified as: Lower $hitsville ( formerly Baltimore)!

  36. Baltimore, a city known for throwing the cops under the liberal hate bus. No wonder crime is out of control. This article blames others, especially rich. No one talks about the percentage banks pick up every time you use the card. The ultra rich win win win.

  37. Here is how this will go down…A crazed drug addicted “person” will enter the coffee shop, stick a gun in the face of the cashier and demand money…When the cashier tells the robber they don’t have any cash it will anger the robber and the cashier will be shot..Baltimore is owned by crime..being robbed is the price you pay for doing business in the city. You can thank the liberal politicians who have created the environment

  38. Stu Pedasso says:

    Another great argument in favor of concealed carry.

  39. gotta love that Dem leadership in Baltimore, all about keeping crime down! LOL
    what an Obamahole of a city.

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