[Market-farming] We got robbed at the market, don't let this happe n to you

deberryemail-website at yahoo.com deberryemail-website at yahoo.com
Fri Aug 31 11:05:15 EDT 2007

A friend of ours had his cash box stolen at a busy market, but our friend was able to run after and catch (ok, tackle) the guy.  This made us very aware of our own situation.

We purchased a cash drawer this year, and place it underneath the tablecloth on the table.  Then we pile something on top of that (a crate of peppers, etc.)  This makes it more difficult for people to steal the whole thing.  It has a button to push to open it (spring loaded).  We stuff all 20's in our pocket and take out any smaller bills when too many pile up in the drawer.  At the end of the market, we first take the cash drawer and lock it in the front of the truck (underneath a sweater or something to hide it).  Then we load our truck.  I know it's not fool-proof, but it's worked so far.

I've used aprons, and I agree they slow you down a bit.  I've thought about making my own, having deeper pockets with enough pockets for each denomination, (I'm thinking of putting the bills in portrait-wise, not landscape to save space) but haven't gotten around to it.  If it was a little sturdier than the cheap canvas carpenter aprons, it might help.

Good luck,
Cheryl DeBerry
DeBerry Farm

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From: "cjmaness at juno.com" <cjmaness at juno.com>
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Sent: Friday, August 31, 2007 10:34:58 AM
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] We got robbed at the market, don't let this happe n to you

We used the pocket aprons the first few years of doing our market. It slowed us down too much, and they get hot in the heat of summer. So, we went with a cash box. We keep it on the tailgate of the pickup. This summer though after a particular busy day, I took my 5 year old to the playground for a break while my husband ran the booth. I noticed we had a lot of twenty dollar bills, but didn't think anything of it. When I came back from the playground I again glanced at the cash-box and immediately asked my husband what he had done with all the twenties. He didn't know what I was talking about. He has no idea what happened. Someone apparently reached in grabbed the twenties and took off. No one saw anything, and my husband was right there, but he was talking to a customer. The thief didn't take all the bills but we figure we lost about 200 dollars that day. It could have been much worse. We blame ourselves for being so naive and thinking because it's such
 a nice town, nice mark
et, that we were safe from that sort of thing. We warned all the other vendors, and now we are all trying to look out for each other.

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