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UNION COUNTY, N.C. -- Some business owners in Union County are worried that new rules designed to protect victims of crime will drive customers away.

A new ordinance requires that pawn shops, cash converter businesses, and scrap metal yards take a photo of every customer selling an item.

The idea is to make it easier for police to track stolen items, but some business owners feel it s an invasion of privacy.

The individual is being treated like a common criminal. Everybody that would pawn to me would have their picture taken just like somebody that has been convicted of a crime, going to the police station and having a mug shot done, said David Waugh who owns a pawn shop.

The county ordinance does not apply to businesses located within city limits, but commissioners are encouraging all cities, including Monroe, to adopt the ordinance.

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