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Waffle House warms up to plastic

Waffle House, which for more than half a century prided itself on serving the "poor ol' cash customer," is looking to help diners who use credit cards.

By the end of March, Visa and Mastercard will be accepted in all of Waffle House's 713 company-owned restaurants in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas.

"Cash-only" signs will disappear from the distinctly down-home, blue-collar eateries famous for offering inexpensive eggs, grits and hash browns "smothered and covered" in cheese and onions.

"For the longest, we've been cash based, looking out for the "poor ol' cash customer,' but customers expressed interest in use of credit cards," said Charnae Knight of Waffle House.

Afoul of the law? Watch out for the Taser shotgun

The nation's largest stun-gun manufacturer is working on a new way to deliver electricity to the human body: through 12-gauge shotgun shells.

Though it's still being developed, Taser International Inc. says the new product will allow police officers and U.S. troops to hit someone from a much greater distance than its current line of Tasers, which Amnesty International has cited in more than 120 deaths.

The eXtended Range Electro-Muscular Projectile, or XREP, will be a shotgun shell designed to combine the blunt-force trauma of a fast-moving baseball with the electrical current of a stun gun.

"It will truly cause incapacitation," said Steve Tuttle of Taser, which hopes to release the product in 2007.

Other chatter

ANHEUSER-BUSCH TO DISTRIBUTE GROLSCH: Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. will be the sole U.S. distributor of Grolsch beer, a high-end European import. The deal will become effective in January 2007. Terms were not disclosed.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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