Clyde and Sharlene Chatterton are testing whether honesty truly is the best policy.
Their Honor Copy centers in Brigham City and Logan are open 24 hours a day, although there is no one there to take customers' money.The Chattertons trust patrons to make copies at 5 cents each, do laminating or bookbinding and then place their cash or check into a locked steel box.
"We really don't have that much of a problem," Clyde Chatterton said. "We feel people are basically honest."
A security camera does offer the Chattertons some reassurance. Since the Brigham City store opened last August, it has recorded two people trying to steal money.
But Chatterton said he can't complain. The businesses are doing better than the conventional copy center he opened in Logan more than four years ago. Overhead costs killed the initial venture, and he considered closing the business.
Then he decided to run the shop without a clerk, relying on the honesty of his patrons. His wife was leery at first.
"I reacted like everyone else," she said. "I said, `You've got to be kidding.' "
But patrons were responsive.