Fence-O-Maticon January 28th, 2013 at 12:32 pm
Many retailers have a policy that if you return something but do not have a receipt you will NOT get a cash refund, but will instead get a store credit. This is supposed to reduce the number of people that are stealing product and returning it for cash. Until recently the only option for trading the store credit card was to sell the card to a local establishment that bought the cards at a discount. The problem with selling to a local establishment is that the city of Lancaster has a rather detailed “Pawn Shop Law” listing a long list of things that a local establishment must do in order to exchange the cards for cash. Included in the list is getting a copy of the driver’s license and sending a list of property bough to the police.
Now things have been simplified for those in need of drug money. The cards can be taken to Giant Eagle and popped in a machine. The machine pops out a voucher that can be taken to service desk and the druggie can be on his way with a fist full of ill gotten drug funds.
Lancaster has become heroin infused increasing crime exponentially. Do you think companies want to locate in a city with this much of a drug problem? Think again.
I would call on our city leaders to check into this machine to insure that it complies with all of the pawn shop laws that other businesses have to comply with. Frankly, I am disgusted by Giant Eagle installing a machine that promoted the drug trade in Lancaster, reduces property values, cuts into employment in Lancaster, and increases crime. Profit over community I guess. I for one am boycotting Giant Eagle until the machine is removed.