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Waverly store acts as safer "middle man"

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -

 Usually, the term "middle man" isn't used positively.

But at Renewed Purpose in Waverly, employees acting as middle men are saving more than 100 people a day from potentially dangerous situations.

"We see everyone from high school age to people who are retired," said employee Rhonda Bleadorn.

The idea started as a Facebook group and eventually lead to conducting business in a storefront.

"When we started noticing people were saying 'I'll meet you at Kwik Star at 7 o'clock, and I'll have a red mini van,' it really concerned us because that information became public," said Bleadorn.

So they took action.

The process is simple: a seller posts an item on the closed Facebook group, and when a buyer is secured, he seller takes the item to Renewed Purpose, and pays a $1 lodging or "middle man" fee.

The seller pays for the item, and the buyer is contacted.

"The next time we see them is when they collect the cash for what they sold," said Bleadorn.

Buyer Kelsey Ellis says this is the only way she'll do business.

"Before this I wouldn't have met someone even in a Walmart parking lot. I know it can be well lit with people around, but still you don't know. I have never sold anything before this store," said Ellis.

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