Throgs Neck businesses look to use ID scanners

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The Throggs Neck Merchant Association is looking to start using a uniform ID-scanning app at neighborhood bars and restaurants.

Association President Bob Jaen is proposing the use of services from IDScan.net. As the Bronx Times first reported, the internet-based storage program allows establishments access to a shared database so bars and restaurants can keep track of troublesome customers. That way, owners have the right to not allow someone in if they think they're going to cause trouble.

Carlos Revelo, general manager of Mamajuana Cafe, already uses scanners at his front door that keep track of who is denied entry and why. He says he is in full support sharing that information.

Some customers fear patrons could be blacklisted and their privacy violated, but Revelo says that wouldn't be the case. The idea is not to turn down people but to be aware of what's going on.

News 12 spoke with an attorney who said that patrons are entering the public domain in bars or restaurants, meaning they have no right to privacy in such places.

Havana Cafe's owner says using the scanner app is a good idea only if information is shared securely and done in a respectful way.

Vapor Lounge, which has had some violent incidents involving customers in the past, says it also supports the idea.

"We have sat in on numerous meetings with the merchants association as well as Community Board 10 and would like nothing more than to be at the forefront of anything and everything to do with heightening the overall safety in all of our neighborhood establishments," the lounge said in a statement.

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