Store video shows dispute between Pittsylvania County board member and store owner


Store video taken November 26th, 2018 shows former Pittsylvania County Service Authority board member Coy Harville asking Wilson Lawn & Garden store owner Jay Rigney to donate items for the service authority’s holiday employee raffle.

Rigney declined.

“We donate to non-profits but when we have our Christmas dinner, we don’t get any donations for that,” Rigney tells Harville.

Harville responded by saying he would stop shopping at the store.

“You will get never get a dime from me and I will put the word out,” Harville said in response.

The situation quickly escalated.

“That’s a bad attitude for you to have and if that’s the way you feel, then that’s fine. But what I’m trying to tell you is we don’t come to you when we have our Christmas dinner, asking for donations,” Rigney tells him.

“I don’t expect you to because you’re making money. We’re giving to customers, we’re giving a county service,” Harville replies.

In a phone interview, Rigney says he gave the store video to a Pittsylvania County Service Authority board member.

“I felt like the county board needed to know and it’s since turned into a lot more,” said Rigney. He says he left it in the hands of the board to decide what to do.

Harville, who is no longer with the Pittsylvania County Service Authority, declined a request for an on-camera interview. But says he’s had the support of citizens in his district and just wants to move on from the entire situation now.

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