Coffee shop on honor system works in North Dakota

Customers can choose from Keurig single-serving coffees, java from a commercial brewer and soft drinks

Photo Courtesy: MGNonline
Photo Courtesy: MGNonline

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) — According to the owner, small-town living is what allows a North Dakota coffee shop to operate on the honor system.

David Brekke is owner of The Vault in Valley City, a town of about 6,700 people. He renovated a nearly 100-year-old bank building and cut down on overhead by cutting out baristas. Customers can choose from Keurig single-serving coffees, java from a commercial brewer and soft drinks.

Since the shop opened in October, people have left 15 percent more money than the asking price.

Customers can pay by credit card, cash or check. There are security cameras, but Brekke says there hasn’t been much to view.

Fourteen-year-old Nita Warcken says she likes to visit a place where there’s not someone “hovering over you all the time.”

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