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Re: [Shop-talk] The biggest challenge yet (shop related)

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Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] The biggest challenge yet (shop related)
From: "Bob Jeffers" <>
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2010 18:37:22 -0600
Put the sign down by the road and make them drive up to the house to get the 
wood or put a camera down by the road and when someone doesn't pay you have 
a picture and then you can have the police prosecute or you can do it your 

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Subject: [Shop-talk] The biggest challenge yet (shop related)

> OK, here is the deal.  Since returning from Afghanistan, I've been out of
> work.  So, I started farming my property for wood.
> I've got a great work chain from standing dead tree all the way to stacked
> on pallets to move the inventory or even delivery.
> But here is my challenge...
> Many people here sell firewood on the road side for about $10-$20 a stack.
> All of them are on the "honor system" for payment.
> Since I live directly across from a state park, I have an ideal set up for
> selling a campfire's worth of wood at a time.  BUT, many of the campers
> don't pay for the wood.
> So, I want to build a metal cage (multiple cages actually) for the wood.
> Once a person pays for the wood, the door is unlocked.
> There is no electricity by the end of the road, so many options are out.
> Also, if I was selling it for less than a dollar, it would be easy to make
> a mechanism to open with coins.
> But I need a system where people can put in dollar bills (or $10s or $20s)
> and it "reads" the bill to open the gate.
> Does ANYONE have ANY ideas?  My house is set far back from the road so
> wood piles do get stolen.  I was even thinking about a portable credit
> card machine maybe, but I have no idea what is involved with getting a
> unit that is weather proof and battery based.
> Any help will be appreciated, and a prize will be awarded to the person
> that comes up with the best solution that solves the problem.  Thanks a
> bunch!
> Moose
> "Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational
> being are trenched on, die on the first inch of your territory." Ralph
> Waldo Emerson
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