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

Home Grown Kansas! hgkansas at sbcglobal.net
Fri Aug 31 11:13:33 EDT 2007


It can happen to anyone and it is sad when it does.  We have had cash stolen out of our delivery van.  A few years back we started taking a bank bag to market and removing cash that was over filling the paper money compartments of the cash box.  The bank bag was located in a secure location - out of sight.  Of course one needs to be discreet in moving the cash to the bank bag, so as not to draw attention.  We also bring extra cash for the money box.  We receive a lot of $20's - money out of ATM's - so we go through a lot of $5's & $10's making change for $20's.   Our cash box is located behind the display tables on a narrow table in front of a drop screen that also holds a scale, sack holder and the money box - no one is allowed behind display tables.  Being robbed is a very bad thing - I hope that few have the experience.  Good luck.
   
  elzie
  wichita, ks   

"cjmaness at juno.com" <cjmaness at juno.com> wrote:
  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
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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.
Carla 

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