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New York City Bodega Owners Protest Outdoor ATM Ban

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Bodega owners are holding a protest against the new law banning ATMs from sidewalks in New York City.

The store owners say the machines should be allowed to stay because they provide the community service of saving people a trip to the bank.

Assuming their protest doesn’t cause any changes to the law, owners of sidewalk ATMs will have until Sept. 1 to get them off the streets or face a $5,000 fine.

“New York City has become one of the most unwelcoming cities in the country for small businesses,” said Ramon Murphy President of the Bodegueros Association of the US.

 “The mayor has decided that these machines must be kept indoors and not outdoors simply because he feels that they take up too much space on the sidewalks and that these machines are, in essence, not complying with city rules and regulationsm,” said Fernando Mateo spokesman of the Bodegueros Association of the US.

Mateo said small business owners are shocked and outraged by the law.

What do you think of the ban? Let us know below…

  • Dianna

    This is totally absurd!!! ATM boxes are small, are maintained and are up against storefronts, not using up walkable sidewalk space, unlike the abandoned vending boxes that clutter up street corners and bus stops. Vending boxes that clog our street corners all over the five boroughs are the ones that should be removed (at their owners expense). The owners of these boxes – get away with cluttering the sidewalks for FREE with their advertising, while pedestrians have do deal with the garbage they collect


    The mayor has it all wrong this time…

    There are many types of stores that put out their whole stores outside, like fruits, furniture, dinning tables,etc. etc. which block off the sidewalks to all pedestrians. Why is he NOT demanding they remove everything off the sidewalk or be fine 5 thousand dollars for each offense?

    I think that because the mayor or city has not been successful in getting the ATM company to give them some sort of kick backs is the real reason they are doing this.

  • Danny

    There’s also the issue of identity theft. If an ATM is indoors the chances of someone installing a magnetic strip reader on it are much lower. Outdoors however, anyone can tamper with it.

    • Danny

      You have it all wrong. I’ve been in the business for the past seven years an not once have one of my ATM’s have been compromised. However, I believe Bank of America and Chase ATM’s have been hacked into. Please stop assuming and get your facts straight.

  • james

    the mayor is off his rocker again. how much space does an atm machine take up on a sidewalk. some more of his bully tactics to attack the black and latino neighborhoods.

  • Val

    I think the law is ridiculous. If people want to pay crazy fees to take their money out of some unknown cash machine, they should be allowed to do so!

    • james

      they charge ridiculous fees at the banks anyway. Try using an atm that’s not affiliated with your bank

      • Danny

        If you think independent ATM’s charge ridiculous fees try using another bank ATM that does not belong to your bank. It’s a $3 fee and in addition to that a $2 surcharge fee from your bank. HSBC and a few other banks are now charging $5 in Texas and some other states, which soon will be introduced to all over the US. Hmmm – independent ATM’s charge anywhere from .99 – 2.00 and 3.00 – 10.00 if you’re at a strip club, which in my opinion you then deserve to be charged that. Get your facts straight guys!

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