My Experience @ "Don's Market"

My Experience @ "Don's Market"

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Lou

Noxen, PA

#1 Jun 2, 2007
I am writing you this letter to inform you of my experience with a local corner market in Clarks Summit. The market is called "Don's Market" on Winola Road in CS, PA just across from Earl Street.
I am a 24 year old male and I live in an apartment just up the block from the local corner store called "Don's Market. Just the other day I wanted to do some laundry and I was all out of detergent. So, I jumped in my car to go pick some up at the store. I pass this little market everytime I leave my house but very rarely do I ever stop at "Don's Market" to do any kind shopping at all. But, today I figured, "What the heck. This could be quicker then planned." So, I made the stop at good old "Don's Market" instead of heading down to the "Gerrity's" supermarket just two blocks down the street. I also notice a big sign on the front of the store that said, "Thank You for shopping here." I even figured they would appreciate the business. Little did I know I was about to experience and little did I know that they didn't appreciate me at all.
Here it goes...
I walk into the market, grab some detergent off the floor (yea the floor, it wasn't on a shelf), and I walk toward the clerk at the counter to pay. As I make my way over the clerk, I realize I had left my cash on the coffee table at my house. I laugh and explain the fact that I left my cash at my house to the store clerk thinking he would be friendly and nice. He sees nothing humorous about it and give me a "what do you expect from me" look.
I don't know why, but I asked him anyway, "You can't take a debit card, can you?" I know there is no chance in hell that would happen.
He replied, "No."
So I tell him that I am going to run out to my car and see if I have any cash in there. In my car, I had my checkbook and some change. Instead of giving him 4 dollars in dimes and nickels and instead of running back up to my house, I grab my checkbook and walk back in the store. I ask the clerk if I could write him a check.
He replied with, "Let me see your check. Is it a local bank?"
I tell him, "Yes, the bank's right down the street."
I tell him, "Don't worry, the check won't bounce. I have the money. I honestly just forgot my cash. I could give you change in my car if you want instead."
He investigated the blank check replies, "Yea, I've heard that before" in a sarcastic tone.
"Do you have ID?" he says.
I show him my ID and reply, "I live up the street. I will write my telephone number on the check too. Don't worry, it won't bounce. I have the money"
"It better not."
"It won't."
He says, "OK but if it bounces, I'm commin' after you." I chuckle, thinking he was bustin' me as this was all over a $4 bottle of laundry detergent.
He continues, "You're going pay for this if it bounces." I chuckle again thinking he is kidding as I fill out my check.
He goes on, "I'm not joking."
I look up at him and repeat myself, "It's not going to bounce, honest."
He starts again, "It better not. You will pay a big fine and you'll have to pay the magistrate if this bounces and I'll find you." he threatens. "I know who you are and I will find you" (I swear. These are his exact words)
I look up and tell him, "You know what. Forget it." and take my check back and leave.
I go back to my house, grab $10 off my coffee table, and go down to the Gerrity's supermarket and buy my detergent and leave. But, on the way to the supermarket, I stop in Don's Market, show him my $10 bill as he talks on phone and I walk out. That is the last time I ever stop at Don's Nazi Market again. This guy is a mean creep. I hope more people read this and less people go into his market to shop. I have never been treated with more disrespect.
Geoff

Noxen, PA

#2 Jun 2, 2007
All that over 4 bucks for laundry soap??!! Is that real?? Miserable saaps... Only in Clarks Summit!
Brian

Wilkes Barre, PA

#3 Jun 2, 2007
From experience I expect people to be honest and someone who pays by check I expect the check to be good. If someone tells me they are honest or makes a point of letting me know (repeatedly) that the check will not bounce that is the person you need to be conserned with.

It appears that you made this deal larger then it ever needed to be.
Geoff

Hopeland, PA

#4 Jun 4, 2007
I didn't make any point to sell him that the $4.00 check wouldn't bounce until I was insulted and forced into doing so. That is just an absurd assertion and is totally unreasonable. I don't go around writing checks at stores and making claims that they will not bounce when I write them. I just simply asked if I could write the check and then he made an issue from the start. Not me. If the old store owner is really that worried about a $4.00 check boucing then the store shouldn't take checks. I showed him my ID. I didn't raise the issue and repeatedly tell him that my check wouldn't bounce until he repeditly made threats and continued to ask questions about the $4.00 check. He did. I didn't make this and issue. He did. That's the end of the story. I see why nobody shops there now. It's because they a miserable people who could care less about their customers. It was nothing like what you said Brian. Nothing at all.
Geoff

Hopeland, PA

#5 Jun 4, 2007
Brian wrote:
It appears that you made this deal larger then it ever needed to be.
Not the case and I have no idea how you see that at all.
Mike

Harrisburg, PA

#6 Jul 5, 2007
My one (and only) experience in Don's was pretty much the same as Lou's. I felt like me going in there to buy something was a big imposition and they didn't want my business. So guess what? They don't get any business from me any more. I'll deal with Gerrity's crappy parking lot before I go back to Don's.
Kerry

Seymour, IN

#7 Aug 14, 2007
Did you ever think maybe he's old and sick? yeah well i gurantee you he is. It's a small business that's been there forever that was Don himself he opens and closes that store everyday and only family members work there. Hundreds of people go there and, yeah, they don't take your dumb check or your dumb debit card. Their items are less than $5. Deal. Maybe they're sick of people running in there to make him pay a fee of $10 for cashing your stupid $4 check. Businesses don't make themselves.
Kate

Somerset, NJ

#9 Sep 24, 2007
I used to live right across the street from Don's. Before that, my grandmother lived in the same house. When I was a child, I frequented Don's. Only when my grandmother died and I moved into the house did I have any problems. And believe me, they gave me a problem every time I went in there. Knowing me for all those years, they should have treated me better. Nasty people. Mean every time. And as far as the owner being old and sick, and it being a family business and all, screw 'em. What, they can't put another family member in for them? It's their choice to not hire anyone else to H E L P. The store is filthy, and it's sometimes near-impossible to get service within ten minutes. My god, if they're not interested in anyone's business, close. If they don't want to take a check, then don't, but for pete's sake, don't hassle someone who asks. Do it, or don't. They all seem to have a problem with young people,(maybe with the exception of Mr. Fuesco.) Crotchety people need not do business with other people.
Dan in Pa

Oreland, PA

#10 Oct 18, 2007
Lou,
You said you only live a block from Don's. Why did you not just walk home and bring back the cash?

I live up the road a little bit and an treated with respect by the whole family at Don's Market.

"Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strenght"
lwagon

Tunkhannock, PA

#11 Mar 11, 2008
I just had a terrible run-in with Dolores. She was unreasonably rude and nasty. My sister lives up the street from Don's and said she brought her son in there one day to get some penny candy and the clerk (maybe it was Dolores, Don's wife) told him to leave if all he wanted was penny candy. Poor Roy. He was just 6 years old and she abused him my sister said. I won't go in there again. It's not wonder they have to work so hard to stay open cause they work hard at chasing their potential custormers away.
Stan

Chapel Hill, NC

#12 Sep 22, 2011
I used to visit this place as a kid almost daily back in the 60's.. baseball cards and Spaulding Kruellers. Don was quite the butcher, seems he is still running the shop almost 40-50 years later. I wonder how long he has been operating the store. Always a good experience and was very nice to my Mom who had 4 kids in tow back then.

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