Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 29, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
Aiken Tipsey’s owner countersues
By ANNA DOLIANITIS
Aiken Tipsey McStumbles owner C hris Griffin has filed
a counterclaim against the Augusta Tipsey McShr^b'*1^ and its owner alleging that, in fact, the Augusta location is unlaw fully using the Tipsey's
name, logo and trade dress -not the other way around, SS a civil suit filed against Griffin claims.
Griffin is asking a U.S. Dis
trict Court judge in Augusta to order the Augusta location of Tipsey McStumbles, owned by Michael Anglin, to stop using the Tipsey trademark.
Anglin alleged in his April
14 lawsuit that Griffin, who opened a pub with the same name in the Alley on St. Patrick’s Day, stole the name and
logo of the pub, as well as the pub’s Catholic schoolgirl waitress attire and unique decor.
Please see TIPSEY, page 16A
May 29,2011 Vol. 145, No. 149
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Can a business refuse to accept legal tender? You bet it can.
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE 4
By HALEY HUGHES
ustomers have a hard time paying for goods or services at some businesses if they hand over a bill with a denomination larger than $20.
Yet every note printed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, regardless of its denomination, is marked as “legal tender for all debts, public and private,” and, unless counterfeit, is a completely legal way to pay for things. So, how can some businesses get away with refusing to accept certain bills, and why do some have that policy?
The thing is, it is perfectly within an establishment’s rights to refuse to accept bills higher than $20. Then* is no federal law requiring a private business or other entity to accept cash, much Less bills with certain denominations.
“There is no federal statue mandating that a private business, a person or an organization must accept currency or coms as payment for goods and or services,” according to U.S. Treasury spokesperson Sandra Sal strum. “Private businesses are free to develop their own policies on whether or not to accept cash unless there is a state law which says otherwise. Movie theaters, convenience stores and gas stations may refuse to accept large denomination currency (usually notes above $20) as a matter of policy.”
The neighborhood Subway may not accept bills higher than $20, a policy which is up to the person who owns that location. There are no corporate Subway locations, only franchises.
“The reason is more of a security issue, and ii really is up to the fran
chisee,” said Subway spokesperson Wes Winograd. “The logic is to get people to understand there are not large amounts of change on hand.”
Many businesses do not wish to keep stacks of cash in their registers’ tills in the event of a robbery to prevent a large loss. Cash registers are checked throughout the day in order to maintain a "float,” and the excess cash and checks deposited in a safe. Register “float” is the minimum amount of money that must stay in the till to
For businesses keeping their cash drawers thin as matter of policy, it frequently complicates things when a customer pays with a large bill, especially for a modest tab. That means there is that much less change for the next
“lf you have a $16 check and pay with a $50, they’re going to have to come up w ith that difference,” said Karen hdgington, professor of business at USC Aiken. "There goes their 10s and 20s.”
Students race at career center
Staff photo by Rob Now it
And they're off! Aiken County Career Center students watch as teams race model cars they built from kits.
By ROB NOV IT
Ific cwt rac ing featured amazing speeds, risky gambles, spectacular wrecks and a lot of trash-talking -just like a NASCAR event.
Of course, these cars were about 18 inches long and built from a kit by Aiken County
Career and Technology Cotter students for the first TechCar 33 race.
A total of 12 teams each representing a specific com field - competed in separate heats of six teams each for 33 laps. The top two teams from each (teat competed for the championsiup.
Taking the inaugural
title was the machine tool technology team, composed of instructor Quentin Cooks and team members Keith Gregory, Anthony I lams, Nikki Powell, William
PIMM see CAREER, page 16A
Augustine John "Ai" Gorman, Aiken
Cody M. Kyzer, Fairview Margaret Wile her Ma ness, North Augusta
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As one of Hannah Price s brothers was finishing Harper Lee’s "To Kill A Mockingbird” for class, the 12-year-old middle school student was busy saving one. See Monday s edition of the Siktn &tanbarb for more on this story
Staff photo by Ashleey Williamson
As her family waited for the parade to begin, 11-month-old Reagan Leopard, appropriately dressed for the occasion, finishes up a chicken nugget before the parade begins.
See more photos on 7-8A
By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON
Local community members and residents of surrounding towns lined the streets of downtown Aiken on Saturday to horn* fallen soldiers during the annual Memorial Day Parade, presented by the James L. Hammons Marine Corps League Detachment 939.
PIMM Me MEMORIAL, page 16A
What will be closed on Memorial Day?
The following will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day:
• Aiken Chamber of Commerce
• Aiken County Government offices
• City ot Aiken government
• Department of Motor Vehicles
• Aiken County landfill and recycling centers
• Aiken County schools
• Post office
• Public libraries
• Aiken Housing Authority
• South Carolina government offices
• Federal government offices
• Banks, including Security Federal Bank Regions Bank Wachovia (Wells Fargo)
Southern Bank & Trust Bank of America First Citizens
Savannah River Banking Company SRP Federal Credit Union S C State Credit Union
Aiken Technical College will be open and classes will be held at USO Aiken.
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