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Antonella's needs to accept the Pittsboro Plenty, or else

By Matthew Rudolf
Posted Monday, June 1, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - Although I agree that Antonella's Salon is an excellent salon, I am frustrated by their refusal to take the Plenty. Last weekend I got a haircut there and when I gave my tip in Plenties I was informed that they were not accepted there.

When I asked Antonella why she didn't take the Plenty she told me that it wouldn't work for her business, that she couldn't pay her vendors in Plenties, that she had already lowered her prices due to the poor financial crisis, etc. In fact she was borderline defensive in her refusal of the Plenty.

I found this strange. First of all, the Plenty is a community effort to support local businesses like hers. They should be supportive.

Secondly, you can always pay your employees a percentage of their wages in Plenty's, so there will always be a means to offload them.

Third, it is movements like the Plenty that put Pittsboro on the map and help our community grow in the right direction. We need more people to see the value in the uniqueness of our town, and that requires a level of support.

Finally, if you really cannot offload them Plenties may be exchanged for dollars at Capital bank (for a 10% loss), which is right next door to Antonella's. The idea is to not do this unless absolutely necessary, but there is no risk of getting completely stuck with something with no value. That is the whole reason the Plenty group spent so much time setting this system up with Capital Bank, to provide security for businesses to join.

To be quite honest, I will not be returning to Antonella's Salon until they decide to accept the Plenty. So I urge those of you that have a good relationship with Antonella's to speak with her and explain why the Plenty is a good thing for her business and our town.

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