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Originally published Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:29 PM

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Farmer closes produce stand run on honor system

A Whidbey Island, Wash., family farmer says thefts have forced her to close a popular produce stand that has operated on the honor system.

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COUPEVILLE, Wash. —

A Whidbey Island, Wash., family farmer says thefts have forced her to close a popular produce stand that has operated on the honor system.

Dorothy Mueller of Bell's Farm tells KOMO-TV ( http://is.gd/jnyqAb) that she's left it up to her customers to leave the right amount of money for the products they take.

She says she believes most people are honest but the dishonest few have made operating her stand harder than it's been in 15 years.

She says just before she shut down, she got hit twice in three days, with thieves taking as much as $40 worth of produce at a time. That was enough to force her to close the stand.

She says she plans to reopen at some point.

Whidbey Island is north of Seattle.

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Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/

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