I think he was read the riot act.
I think that happened to the owner the the ABBY shop inside of the Indianapolis City Market.
I went their a few days ago (approx. May 5, 2014) and the owner still had a sign on the cash register stating that they are not taking food stamps at this time.
This has been going on for months now, so I asked him if he is NO LONGER taking food stamps. He said yes.
He knows I am a bum now, he knew I was a bum before, but I will tell you he ALWAYS treated me kindly and with respect.
I did NOT get that treatment this time.
I think he would have NOT taken cash money from me if they did not tell him he had to just to keep the ACLU away.
He was NOT giving out a nice vibe at all.
I think he has been "read the riot act."
That is someone or some people ("THEY"/"THEM"), told him he had better not DO ANYTHING to help make the BUMS seem to be legitimate shoppers.
What the "or else" may have been I don't have a clue.
READ the RIOT ACT - Wiki