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What is the big deal? If you haven't upgraded to electronic payment systems at the pump by now, then you are way behind the times. Business owners fault. If you pay by cash, who cares if you pay before or after,..you have to go inside anyway. Why all the fuss????????
Give the station owner the choice. Something heavy handed government cannot do. As opposed to the "Screw em if they don't have the money."
Just what we need , more government telling us what we can and can't do.
Coon Rapids sounds more like Communist Rapids.
The government should not be interfering with private business and mandating how a customer must pay for a product or service. How ridiculous.
Sounds like the city simply didn't want to do it's job and follow-up on public safety requests. Government has a job and it isn't to dictate business practices. These council members should all be thrown out that supported this nonsense.
I really think that most people today have no clue what the role of government is and it most certainly looks like most people in elected positions have no clue. It shows across many political bodies in our state and across this great nation.
Government pretty much can't win these days. Don't tax me! Cut spending! Get rid of those evil public employees! So there's less money for things like police officers. Which means that you've got to manage those resources even more closely...and who wants a non-violent offence like gas theft taking precedence over a medical emergency or violent crime? So they try to come up with a solution to use their police resources wisely, while not being accused of ignoring crime. But, oh noes! That's government interference! The next step, I suppose, is that the cops should simply stop responding to non-violent crime. In which case, gas stations can start hiring their own personal security guards. After all, why should government, or my tax dollars, be spent protecting your gas station? Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps and keep watch over your own gas stations! That's the only solution if you don't want to pay taxes, and are going to sit there and whine about the nanny state interfering with your rights. Well, maybe you have the right to be robbed, too. Go for it, and see how that works for you.
The city of Coon Rapids has no business telling businesses in Coon Rapids how to run their business as long as it's legal, plain and simple cut and dry..they over stepped their bounds..this come down to one owner on Hwy 10 complaining enough to get the police chief to agree that they spend, in his opinion, too much time chasing drive offs rather then chasing serious crime..serious crime? Coon Rapids? if by serious crime you mean warning the youth about the evils of trying to smoke Anoka County Ditchweed? better known as Hemp? well I guess THATS serious crime. It's a wonder we have trouble attracting quality businesses to Coon Rapids...go figure..
I can agree with this ordinance in order to reduce spending on police. I haven't had a problem with it when I go to Coon Rapids and I haven’t been inconvenienced in the least.
The only thing I have an issue with is the rude, bitchy gas station attendants who pitch a fit over the loud speaker if you don’t know or forget their rules. I’m not from Coon Rapids and rarely buy gas there but today I stopped at the Super America on Coon Rapids Boulevard and Crooked Lake. I pay with cash and of course, I forgot about this ordinance so I picked up the nozzle. I got the pleasant shopping experience of being chewed out over the loud speaker by some high school skank working for minimum wage. Nice treatment of customers Super America!
I’ll still buy gas in Coon Rapids, but never again at any Super America.
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