If you’re in Valley City, North Dakota, looking for coffee or Wi-Fi and you happen upon The Vault, you will immediately notice something unusual: There are no employees at the shop.
That is because The Vault is a self-serve cafe, run entirely on the honor system, KVRR reported.
Patrons prepare their own coffee or tea, grab a pastry, some chips or an ice cream treat, see the price listed and leave money on the counter. There is also a credit card reader and a deposit slot for checks.
“The thing that’s amazing is that people have been extremely honest,” David Brekke, who owns the cafe with his wife, Kimberly, told KVRR. “When I add up how much has been taken and how much is in the till at the end of the day, people are 15 percent more generous than thieving.”
WGGB News reports the shop was three and a half years in the making after the Brekkes chose a bank building to convert into the cafe. When it opened in October, the couple was surprised more places like The Vault didn’t already exist.”In this community, I thought an honor system coffee shop would make a lot of sense,” David Brekke told the New York Daily News.We hope The Vault will be one of the first of many of its kind to come.