Last Lake County lanes in jeopardy

Last Lake County lanes in jeopardy

There are 7 comments on the Lake County Record-Bee story from Mar 27, 2008, titled Last Lake County lanes in jeopardy. In it, Lake County Record-Bee reports that:

Lake County's last remaining bowling alley is facing financial woes, according to Lakeside Lanes owner Roland Barnes.

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disgruntled bowler

San Leandro, CA

#1 Mar 28, 2008
John Richardson kinda had to leave in December, because his past thievery was starting to catch up with him. Everything that Mr Barnes knows about Mr Richardson just makes it unbelievable that he is bringing him back to the bowling alley. Hopefully the remaining employee's will receive a paycheck. Its really too bad, because alot of people, young and old, had alot of fun there. Mr Barnes needs to do the right thing and file bankruptcy and let someone who knows how to run a business take over.


#2 Mar 28, 2008
Come on Roland, you couldn't make it work before, what makes you think you can do it now?? Guess what, YOU CAN'T!!!Richardson surely isn't the answer to your financial woes, this is the same man who ran you into the ground the first time around, the same man who had his and his wifes cars repoed and his home foreclosed!! Is this the direction you want to go in with your life? Put your pride and your stupidity aside and throw in the towel. The bowlers have always let it be known that they would leave if Richardson were to return, so you go and bring him back, not the best move! Unless you have a money tree growing in your yard in Lucerne, looks like the water, electric and gas will be turned off soon. You haven't even mentioned how you plan on paying the huge rent that building has, or the fact that the lease expires May 31, with little chance of a renewal by the building owner. One more thing, John Richardson needs to stop fooling himself into believing he left because he didn't like the new "directive" the business was going. He left because his shady ways were being uncovered by the prospective new owners and he could no longer cover his tracks. Come on John, the entire city of Lakeport knows exactly what you are, you certainly aren't fooling the public like you have been doing to Roland for the past 4 years! CLOSE THE DOORS, leave us alone with all the lies and excuses.

San Mateo, CA

#3 Mar 28, 2008
Anyone with less than a million dollars in their pocket; in my humble opinion; would be undercapitalized. There is no big old fat cow here; there is however a black hole; where many have already thrown far too much of their money into. Just ask any of the very first investors; who lost thousands of dollars!

No liquor license, no food in the pantry, overdue P.G. &E. and water bills; my question is; are the current employees covered by any workman’s compensation insurance, are the payroll tax deposits current; how about public liability insurance?

From the very beginning; this has been an undercapitalized adventure; but if you need to buy yourself a job or just a place to invest your retirement dollars; go for it!
U Know Me

United States

#4 Mar 30, 2008
I've heard a lot of comments about how the bowlers are going to be very unhappy (Including myself), but yet there are people commenting on what about the younger crowd. Yes, we feel sorry for the younger crowd as well. I guess the younger crowd just doesnt understand how much money the league bowlers (Some of us bowl Monday through Thursday) spend at the bowling alley. Someone made a comment on "Boo hoo for the bowlers and now the younger crowd will be back out on the streets." We do not want to fight with the younger crowd, we are just trying to warn the citizens young and old of Lake County that we have seen Roland Barnes, Glenn Wienke and most of all John Richardson ruin the bowling alley and walk away with our money that we ourselves have put into the bowling alley. I want to be able to walk into Lakeside Lanes, have a snack at the snack bar, have a beer in the bar, have toilet paper and paper towels for the bathrooms. I'm sure the younger crowd wants to do the same thing (Except fo the bar part!). Do you see that being possible wih Roland and John running the place by themselves??(The other night Roland was shutting down the arcade and had no idea where the light switch was!!) And now whatever employees are left dont even know if they will be paid until after their shift, as well as being paid under the table..which is kinda illegal??(Hmmm illegal..sound familiar Ricahrdson??!) Does Roland know how to run front desk or work as a mechanic when the lanes go down,(I would say does Richardson know how to run quickbooks, but we all know he does, ha ha)Has OSHA come into Lakeside Lanes to see what is going on? Im sure we can make a phone call and tell them what is going on, and for sure be shut down for good. McDaniels spent over 200,000 into the bowling alley, and where did it all go? Seems into John Richardsons pocket book. Roland made a comment into the paper saying that he had no control over monies since August 2007. If that is the case, the new ownership shouldve have taken over. According to what is going on, John Richardson told Roland never to sign over new ownership. So wouldnt you think this is all Roland and John Richardson's fault and not McDaniels?? I wish some people would see the big picture like some of us already do. As for me, a bowler, I wlll not spend anymore money on Roland and John Richardson. I wish McDaniels the best. I wish the employees the best. Hopefully, something good will come out of this, but until then, it's sad.

San Leandro, CA

#5 Mar 30, 2008
Here is a direct quote from John Richardson to a group of managers during a meeting at the bowling alley while he was general manager. "If you think we need the leagues to keep the bowling alley open, you are mistaken. We can do just fine without the leagues, we have enough walk in business and birthday parties to keep the doors open". Looks like Richardson is going to get the chance to make this far fetched notion of his happen now that all but one league has pulled out. Too bad the Wednesday night league decided to stay and give these people their monies when they obviously don't think they need them to survive. Wise up league bowlers, do not support this establishment any longer. Lets get the USBC to take away the sanction and get this place closed down. We can all wait for a reputable business person to take over and then go back and enjoy ourselves in a place where we are welcome. DO NOT SUPPORT ROLAND BARNES OR HIS MONKEY JOHN RICHARDSON.
Had to Quit

Kelseyville, CA

#6 Apr 1, 2013
Had to quit working here because the checks were bouncing. I suppose I can thank Mr. Richardson for that. That place is very bad to their employees and I didn't like the way they treated the customers...If you notice the posting dates, I'm surprised this is still happening 3 years later.
and you expect what

Hidden Valley Lake, CA

#7 Apr 3, 2013
Between City, State, and federal taxes and mandates, businesses are struggling everywhere. Poor ole Lake County is one of the toughest places to do business.
Low population, less customers, and one of the lower average income levels in the state.
Businesses are closing up right and left......but the scenery is nice. Too bad only a few can enjoy it with relative financial security.....

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