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Nashville store moves to cashless payments only after burglaries, but some lawmakers want to make refusing to accept cash a crime | WJHL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A bill preventing retail stores from requiring cashless payments is being considered on Capitol Hill. Rep. Bud Hulsey’s (R-Kingsport) bill would require all retail stores to accept cash as a form of payment if the shopper requests it.

But some companies are warning lawmakers before moving forward. They say the payment flexibility helps them maintain their businesses.

“The criminal(s) hitting all the businesses here are pretty brazen. They’re not afraid to do it during daylight hours,” said Luke Watson, owner of Silo Market.

The new West Nashville business is already discouraged as it has been robbed three times since the store opened. With two such burglaries in the last five days.

“It’s illogical to think that we should continue to accept something that is the reason we get robbed.”

Luke Watson, Silo Market Owner

“For me a very frustrating thing as a small business owner just to open a business is his own – has his own struggles and challenges, but to have the money you earn here robbed repeatedly is very discouraging,” Watson said. .

Thieves are not targeting grocery store merchandise, but rather cash. “All burglaries come from taking the money,” he said.

Businesses are now saying they need to protect themselves in every way possible, and when criminals come looking for money, it makes sense to walk away.

“It’s illogical to think we should keep accepting something that’s why we’re getting robbed,” Watson said.

So the Silo Market, like others, decided to only accept digital or major cards for purchases. Especially after the last burglary on Wednesday morning, thieves took their safe.

“Any lawmaker considering a bill to force businesses to accept cash is a bad idea,” Watson said.

The bill will be examined by the sub-committee on banking and consumer affairs.

The owner says he hopes more police patrols will take place to help deter crime.

Violation of the proposed bill would be a class “B” misdemeanor.