CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Neighbors say a local plasma center has cleaned up its act following a NewsChannel 36 story showing loitering, confrontations, parking problems and garbage left on sidewalks, including bloody gauze bandages.
Neighbors who live next to Talecris Plasma Resources on Central Avenue say the problems are at least 50 percent better compared to last summer.
“They would look at me and say ‘Go back into your house,’” said neighbor Mike Doyle about Talecris customers who hung out for hours on the sidewalk in front of his Sycamore Place condominium. “They would eyeball you sitting in your own living room having coffee in the morning in an aggressive way like, ‘What are you looking at?’”
Doyle said Talecris customers would swear at and threaten neighbors who asked them to leave.
Neighbors also say delivery trucks and customers’ cars took up all on-street parking and blocked entrances to private off-street parking.
The most disgusting thing was bloody gauze bandages routinely left on the ground after customers came out of Talecris and removed the bandages from their arms.
"You could see it from a half block away because it would be a big, red blotch on that thing so you could tell right away,” Doyle said.
Now, the sidewalks are clean and complaints have subsided. It’s easier to park on the street and get out of private parking spots. Neighbors say the number of people hanging out has decreased and they haven’t seen bloody bandages in a long time.
"It seems like somebody said control this,” Doyle said.
Talecris Plasma Resources came up with an action plan after NewsChannel 36’s story. It includes educating donors about good behavior. Talecris also hired a part-time employee to check for and remove trash as well as tell people where they can and can’t park. Neighbors were also invited for a tour.
Doyle said the biggest improvements have come in the last several weeks.
"Better, definitely better,” Doyle said. “The behavior has improved.”
Neighbors still feel Talecris Plasma Resources shouldn't be in the area, even though it's zoned for business. They feel it is too close to a residential area.
Talecris said donors help create life-saving medical therapies.