I was picking up passengers at the Cedar Rapids airport. While I was waiting for their flight to land, I read a copy of your magazine, Little Village. On page six in Letters to the Editor, Steven Vosatka asked why Hancher Auditorium does not accept cash. [Aaron Hill, the Hancher food service supervisor,] offered this response: “Student employees did not have prior cash handling experience and some were struggling with the required training.”
I have to ask, what are we teaching in school, kindergarten through high school? It seems to me that it certainly isn’t simple mathematics, addition and subtraction. And by the way, do you know that on every federal reserve note it states, “This note is legal tender, for all debts, public and private?”
My question is, if I show up at Hancher with just cash, am I to be turned away? If that happens, I will want to speak to someone who is a manager or owner.
As to the argument of dirty money and staff shortages. I agree, money is dirty. But in my world, cash is king and [there is] no excuse for staff that can’t add or subtract. As to staff shortages, it sounds like you need to hire a full time cashier and pay them a decent wage. Doesn’t it go back to the saying, “You get what you pay for?”
Thank you, Kurt Neyens
This article was originally published in Little Village issue 217.