BEND, Ore. (Cannabist) — When Melissa Johnson needed a new car last summer, she bought a used Kia Soul from the dealership in Bend.
She drove away with an affordable payment and relatively low interest rate on an auto loan. But a week later, she said, she received a call: “You need to come into the dealership.”
Turns out, Johnson said in March, financing was denied because her income comes from her job in customer service at Bloom Well, a retail marijuana shop on Division Street in Bend.
The sales staff at the dealership, which declined to comment for this story, tried to find a solution for Johnson.
“They assured me that they’d work with me to keep me in the car,” she said. “The head guy kept on it until they found someone who’d work with me, but at a higher interest rate and a higher payment.”