Submitted by Nadine Maeser on Tue, 03/01/2011 - 4:37pm.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- It's a sign of the times, and businesses in Bladen, Columbus and Brunswick Counties are paying the price for it. District Attorney Jon David announced today the state eliminated the Bad Check Program for the three counties David represents to save money. The program's been a valuable tool in the counties' efforts to help the business community collect monies owed on bad checks. Some businesses, like Mango Furniture Unlimited in Leland, say they have not had many experiences with bad checks. "Checks, for the most part, are a little passe," owner Pia Hackley said. "Most people don't carry checks, and being a business owner, most people are local here and good people. I like to believe that everyone is honest." The DA's office established the program more than a decade ago. Since then, the program's collected more than $4 million in restitution and fees for merchants in District 13.

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