A Friend of Unfair Park forwards along this front-page Wall Street Journal story
about Cyrus Hassankola, who moved to Dallas to open a business that always appears on the verge of closing -- the oriental rug shop at Preston Road and Royal Lane formerly known as "Going Out of Business." It was a genius move, till the Better Business Bureau and Texas Attorney General told the Tehran native to knock it off; besides, when everyone else is actually going out of business, what's the appeal? So now Hassankola's taken to straight-up haggling: "They think they're playing a game," he tells the paper.
One thing the Journal
doesn't mention: KTVT-Channel 11 did this story in December 2007
. Matter of fact, the CBS affiliate takes credit for ratting out Hassankola to the BBB and AG's office, prompting the name change to Cyrus Rug Gallery -- though I think it became Royal Rug Gallery shortly after that. All I know is, the carpet shop's next to the spot of the original Wall's deli, the last Dallas deli that knew what it was doing.