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

July 22, 1986

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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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