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Richmonders take Joe's Inn for $10,000 in baked spaghetti.

July 22, 1986


No more Mr. Nice Guy. Until the summer of 1986, Fan District institution Joe's Inn took personal checks, no questions asked. But by that July, the restaurant had received $10,000 in bad checks for the year.

Enough, said Nick Kafantaris, the owner of Joe's. Style reported that patrons henceforth needed to show a credit card as identification when writing a check. "My own bank has to see my identification before they'll cash my checks," Kafantaris said. "And I'm a millionaire."

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