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Our consumer protection department responded to a reader’s surprise at being told at his dry cleaners — Max Cleaners — that it no longer accepts cash because of robberies. He asks: “Is it legal to not accept real live money at a retail establishment? My bills say ‘This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private.’ ”

First, Jessica Ward, manager of all five Max Cleaners, said the Rebsamen store will accept cash, but only for the exact amount of purchase. The policy is intended to assure that little cash is kept on the premises. The Rebsamen Road store is the only Max store that has the policy, she said, and that’s because the store has been robbed several times. She said there’d been few complaints about the policy. “Most everybody pays with a check or a credit card,” she said.

As for the legality of the policy, Ward said she believed that Max could accept whatever form of payment it chooses to accept. The state attorney general’s office agreed. Lawyers there said they knew of nothing in the law that would prevent somebody from not taking cash.

Up in lights

Space prevented us from fully explaining some details about a new 9-by-18-foot electronic sign that is being mounted on the 300 Third condo tower. Central Arkansas Library employees noted the new sign with alarm from their windows across the I-30 ramp.

The message board, on the rear of the building at the parking deck level, will advertise businesses in the tower and available condo space.

The city zoning office said the message board will comply with the sign ordinance if it is no larger than 10 percent of the facade on which it is mounted and if the messages do not flash, swipe or scroll. No permit has been yet been granted for the sign, which has not been turned on.

The best and brightest

Little Rock School Superintendent Roy Brooks is frequently toasted by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for his desire to make high achievers out of all Little Rock school students. That would be somewhat in contrast to his own school record, based on a recent deposition he gave to John Walker in the ongoing Little Rock school litigation.

Asked if he was an honor graduate of Florida A&M, where he majored in elementary education, Brooks said, “I barely got out of there. I was happy to get the degree.”

And what about his master’s from Nova Southeastern University? “I barely got out of there too.”

Walker: “Are you being facetious?”

Brooks: “No, I’m being honest. I had to work hard to get it.”

Walker later turned to Brooks’ Ph.D. from Nova.

Walker: “What was the subject of your Ph.D. dissertation?”

Brooks: “I don’t remember.”

Walker: “Do you have a copy?

Brooks: “I don’t think so.”

Walker later: “… can you give me any general subject that you addressed in your dissertation?”

Brooks: “Mr. Walker, I don’t remember. That was a long time ago. I don’t remember what it was about.”

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