Bill aims to ban cash-for-phone machines

EcoATMs offer instant cash for old electronics, but Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown is looking to ban these to curb cellphone thefts and related violence.
EcoATMs offer instant cash for old electronics, but Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown is looking to ban these to curb cellphone thefts and related violence.
Posted: October 04, 2013

WITH Philadelphia recently ranked as the No. 1 city for cellphone thefts, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown is seeking to ban machines that dispense instant cash for electronic devices.

A bill she is introducing today would outlaw "automated purchasing machines," which many fear enable thieves to quickly unload their loot and pocket a handsome reward. Newer iPhones can fetch hundreds on the spot.

"Cellphone robberies are the crime of today, and far too many of them are turning violent," Reynolds Brown said in a statement. "We as a city cannot allow further incentives [to] entice criminal activity."

Philly's only machine is in the Franklin Mills Mall.


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