Consignment shop owner pays client for motorcycle after bad check, delay

News Channel 8's Shannon Behnken pictured, above left, with Mark Traider, right
News Channel 8's Shannon Behnken pictured, above left, with Mark Traider, right

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A local man who dropped off his motorcycle at a Pinellas Park consignment store back in February, has finally received payment for his bike after he decided he’d “Better Call Behnken.”

News Channel 8's Shannon Behnken pictured, above left, with Mark Traider, right
News Channel 8’s Shannon Behnken pictured, above left, with Mark Traider, right

On Wednesday morning, the owner of Freedom Cycles Motor Co. in Pinellas Park met Mark Traider at a local bank and handed him $8,000 in cash for the 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000 motorcycle.

The long-awaited payment came after 8 On Your Side Investigator Shannon Behnken got involved. bike

Freedom Cycles Motor Co. owner Ronnie Pownall had promised Traider would have an $8,000 check by the end of the business day on Monday. And he did. But when Traider went to Wells Fargo, the bank listed on the check, he was told “insufficient funds.”

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I thought this was finally taken care of.”

Traider went back to the bank to try one more time. And once again, he was told there wasn’t enough money in the account to cover the check.

8 On Your Side went with Traider back to Freedom Cycles for answers and Pownall said he’d have cash for Traider on Wednesday. Which he did.

Here’s the background:

Traider says he was told the bike sold in March, but he still has not seen one dime of the $8,500 that was promised in his consignment contract. He says he can’t get a straight answer and has no idea where his motorcycle is or when he will get paid.

“I keep hearing excuses after excuses,” Traider said. “I don’t know what else to do.”

So Traider called 8 On Your Side.

Pownall said this is a mix up. He said he purchased the company last month and is tying up loose ends and some things fell through the cracks. At first, he said Traider had a lien on the bike and the lender had to be paid and then there was no money left for Traider.

But he quickly found that wasn’t right because Traider does not have a lien. He actually paid for the bike with cash. Pownall called back with good news. Everything was taken care of and Traider would receive a check by the end of the day.

“I love channel 8, you are the best, thank you so much.”

So now, Traider, who came so close to finally getting his money, is waiting on another promise to get cash on Wednesday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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