Gas station uses sign of shame to punish bad check writers

Gas station uses sign of shame to punish bad check writers

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A local gas station wants to make sure people who write them a bad check, learn a lesson.  Nease's Market in Corryton has a sign lit up with their names for all to see on Tazewell Pike. A local gas station wants to make sure people who write them a bad check, learn a lesson. Nease's Market in Corryton has a sign lit up with their names for all to see on Tazewell Pike.
"It's to get their attention. And for people who know them to say something to them. So they'll fix it and make it right," explained Stacey Sparks, a clerk at the market. "It's to get their attention. And for people who know them to say something to them. So they'll fix it and make it right," explained Stacey Sparks, a clerk at the market.
"I would not want my name up there. But I think it's a good idea because it encourages people not to write bad checks," said  Robbie McClure. "I would not want my name up there. But I think it's a good idea because it encourages people not to write bad checks," said Robbie McClure.
"To me, it's defamation of character. It's nobody's business to me. That is personal, and it should be handled inside the store. I mean, that's just not right," said Vickie Cooper. "To me, it's defamation of character. It's nobody's business to me. That is personal, and it should be handled inside the store. I mean, that's just not right," said Vickie Cooper.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

CORRYTON (WATE) – A local gas station wants to make sure people who write them a bad check, learn a lesson.

Nease's Market in Corryton has a sign lit up with their names for all to see on Tazewell Pike.

Some folks say it's a good idea to teach these people a lesson. Others tell us they feel it's a really embarrassing thing to do to someone.

The gas station, like many others, used to put the names of bad check writers on a wall inside the store.

"It's to get their attention. And for people who know them to say something to them. So they'll fix it and make it right," explained Stacey Sparks, a clerk at the market.

They say they give the person ample opportunity to come in and rectify the situation before they take the dramatic step.

"It's the last resort before he takes out a warrant for their arrest," Sparks said, further explaining the owner's decision.

Still, some customers disagree with the public punishment.

"To me, it's defamation of character. It's nobody's business to me. That is personal, and it should be handled inside the store. I mean, that's just not right," said Vickie Cooper.

Most, though, say it's fair.

"I think it's okay. I think they ought to pay their bills so their name is taken off the sign. Or quit writing bad checks," said James Burbage.

"I would not want my name up there. But I think it's a good idea because it encourages people not to write bad checks," said  Robbie McClure.

"He tries to give them a chance to come in and fix it," Sparks said.

The gas station says they take two telephone numbers from every person who writes them a check.

If the check comes up bad, they make a very valiant effort at reaching out to that person.

If all else fails, they resort to the sign of shame.

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