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As Armed Robberies Surge, Tacoma WA. Cannabis Shop Rolls Out Cash-Free Payment Option

The move comes after an armed robbery of the store last month

A cannabis shop in Tacoma has debuted a new cashless payment system just weeks after armed robbers terrorized the staff. 

The new system lets customers pay through their phones which can mean less cash on hand for criminals to show up and steal.

The cash-free option is called Aeropay and Mary Mart in Tacoma got the system up and running on Thursday. Billy White, the general manager, said it’s convenient for customers and safer for his staff.

“People talk a lot about how we are cash-only businesses but they never talk about the security precautions that we’re taking in these places,” White said.

Last month, two teenage fugitives burst into Mary Mart and pointed a gun at a worker’s head, according to police. The armed robbers also fired a shot into the ceiling before they stole money and weed. Taking cash out of the equation is one way to make cannabis stores less of a target.

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