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CPD Shut Down Knife-Selling Biz

Jedidiah Settle left, and brother Jacob Settle try to stay warm while selling knives Thursday in front of Taj Groceries on 15th Street. The boys sell knives around the area to earn money for their family. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Gabe Green)

Coeur d'Alene city police shut down a knife-selling operation Thursday in the parking lot of the TAJ convenience store across the street from Lakes Magnet Middle School. A citizen, who asked not to be named, complained to the police and The Press about the operation being too close to the school. The complaint led officers to check out the outdoor, table-top business being conducted by two brothers in front of the convenience store. “They were selling all kinds of different knives,” said Sgt. Christie Wood. “There is a city ordinance that says you cannot sell merchandise without a permit, except for plants.” The sellers were offering a wide variety of the sharp instruments including throwing knives, folding pocket knives, knives with spring-loaded blades and machetes/Jeff Selle, Press. More here.

Question: Would you be bothered if the brothers were allowed to operate their knife-selling business across from a school?

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