by Timothy Charles Holmseth on October 20, 2015 at 11:26 P.M. CST
The Grand Forks merchant that ran afoul of Hope Evangelical Church at the Grand Cities Mall is now facing anonymous online gangster tactics.
On October 19, the same day WDAZ traveled to Grand Cities Mall to cover the story Write Into Action broke on October 12 regarding 81 year-old David Gerszewski, a store owner being harassed and threatened by Hope Church mall employees; attacks began to be made against him online.
The WDAZ news report featured an interview with mall manager Louis Christoffer, the former Grand Forks Police officer that Gerszewski says was present when he was physically threatened by Al Maloney, another mall employee of Hope Church.
Later that day Gerszewski came under vicious attack on the Web.
An anonymous poster using the name “Sarah” went onto the Web publication Focus on the Forks (satellite site of Write Into Action) and attempted to besmirch Gerszewski’s character.
“The gold and silver exchange guy? Mean, mean, mean, mean,” the person said.
The anonymous person, claiming to be a mother, said Gerszewski called her child a “brat” one day while she was in the store.
“I brought my baby in there the one time I went in, and he told me, “If your brat breaks anything, you have to pay for it!” My “brat” couldn’t even reach the shelves and hadn’t made a peep!” the person said.
The anonymous person refuses to give their name for this story.
There are indicators the anonymous person is not a female/mother; is associated with Hope Church; understand business and contracts; and has a financial interest in the situation.
“Previous management? Offered a sizable severance package with non-compete clause the day the old mall management signed over to Hope. They opened up the application process to many people; not their fault that the most qualified applicants were members of their church, which makes up a substantial percentage of the community,” the person said.
“As far as Louis, you’ve obviously never met the guy, as he’s one of the nicest guys out there. Same with Paul Knight. The shop owner is just trying to destroy a reputation on his way out the door. And you, as an obviously dishonest so-called journalist, are obviously in it for the slander. Everything you posted about the church, the accused staff, etc, was ALL hearsay from a disgruntled old man.” the person said.
But the anonymous person’s assertions were false.
Louis Christoffer, Paul Knight, and the entire Hope Church staff were contacted by Write Into Action and given an opportunity to comment. They were even told their comments would be copied and pasted directly into the story. All failed to respond except Knight, who wanted to have an in-person “meeting” with mall management and Write Into Action.
Other evidence exists that indicates the person claiming to be a mother of a baby that was mistreated by Gerszewski is lying.
DAVID GERSZEWSKI’S INTERACTION WITH A BABY AND IT’S MOTHER
Write Into Action (Timothy Charles Holmseth) was recently in Gerszewski’s store to conduct an interview and take photographs.
I (Timothy Holmseth) observed Gerszewski bending down, talking softly and gently to a four month-old baby in a stroller.
It became a memorable event.
During the interaction, as Gerszewski attempted to make the baby smile, the child’s mother told Gerszewski that the child was so advanced that it would always physically look to its mother for actual approval, before ever smiling at a stranger.
The mother then demonstrated the adorable truth by telling her baby “it’s okay”- the baby then immediately turned to Gerszewski and smiled and everybody laughed in great amazement.
Gerszewski’s genuine heart-felt love and caring for small children was abundantly clear to every single person in the room and totally inconsistent with the tale told by the anonymous “Sarah”.
Gerszewski’s granddaughter, Amanda Gerszewski, has been supporting her grandfather on Facebook and has concerns about his health. “He called me the day he got his eviction notice, never in my life have I heard him so upset/hurt/belittled. He even had to take two of his nitro pills to calm him down,” she said.
Kenneth Robinson, a friend of Gerszewski from Montana, described his character. “Dave is one of the most truthful and honest men I know.”