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By Aaron Kraut

Thursday - 8/7/2014, 9:25am  ET

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‘Pawn Shop Law’ Creating Problems At Big Retailers – A nearly 30-year-old Montgomery County law meant to stop thieves who stole goods then sold them to pawn shops for cash is hampering some customers’ ability to trade-in cell phones at major retailers. The law, passed in 1985, is stopping places such as Best Buy and Apple from giving store credits to customers who hope to trade-in old cell phones and tablets for the latest versions of the products. The County Council will reportedly take up the issue when it returns next month from summer recess. [WAMU]

Cal Tor To Offer Free Tacos Next Week – To thank customers for voting it as the region’s “Best Mexican” food in Washingtonian Magazine’s annual reader’s poll, California Tortilla is offering free tacos all day on Tuesday, Aug. 12. All locations will have the promotion with a limit of one taco order per customer. [California Tortilla via Facebook]

MoCo Raising Fees For Renting Out Building Space – Montgomery County’s Community Use of Public Facilities office, which rents out all gyms, classroom spaces and auditoriums in county schools, will raise its fees starting in July 2015. The office says the fee increase is necessary to cover an increased share of utility costs, higher credit card transaction fees and the resumption of cost of living increase payments for county employees. [Community Use of Public Facilities]

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