LINCOLN, Maine — With the economy swooning to record depths, running a business is tough enough without customers bouncing checks, Alan Dill says.
That’s why the purchasing manager at Movie America on Main Street was especially steamed to learn Wednesday that a town couple had apparently passed checks to at least three local businesses possibly totaling more than $1,000.
“The stress is always there when you come to work in the morning and when you leave at night,” Dill said Wednesday. “The checks are just part of it. We have one person who comes in here and takes things right off the shelves.
“It’s always something,” Dill added. “You’re not over one thing yet when something else happens.”
Police Chief William Flagg said police were aware of the allegations made by Dill and two other merchants, have spoken to the couple, and are continuing to investigate.
Dill said he received four checks from the couple totaling $544.24 since March 4. The first two came on March 4; the next, on March 11. He identified the couple, but their names are being withheld because they have not been charged in connection with the incidents.
Dill believes that the couple’s check-passing goes beyond Lincoln, but Flagg regarded it as more routine.
Bad-check passing cases usually rise as the economy falters.
Flagg asked merchants who might have accepted bad checks over the past week to contact Officer Chad Chubbuck, who is investigating the complaints, at 794-8455. All calls will be kept confidential.
Dill and 48-year-old Susan Bishop, both of Howland, opened Movie America at the former Maine Cooking Woods LLC and Nel’s Mattresses & More storefront at 42 Main St. in December. It had been at the Bangor Mall since late 2006.
Unlike most video stores, Movie America doesn’t rent movies or video games. It buys them from customers, cleans them up and resells them at a discount. The store also sells books.