SAFEWAY DEFENDS CHECK-CASHING POLICY

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Safeway, Oakland, Calif., is defending its check-cashing policy after a Washington Post survey found that the company's inner-city locations tend to offer lower cash-back limits than stores in wealthier neighborhoods.At issue is the amount of money shoppers can add to a check above the cost of their groceries. The maximum cash-back level varies between $50 and $15 in Washington-area

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Safeway, Oakland, Calif., is defending its check-cashing policy after a Washington Post survey found that the company's inner-city locations tend to offer lower cash-back limits than stores in wealthier neighborhoods.

At issue is the amount of money shoppers can add to a check above the cost of their groceries. The maximum cash-back level varies between $50 and $15 in Washington-area Safeways, where individual store managers set the limit based on the store's histo

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