South Dallas Shamrock Kwik Stop Story Ends With TABC Squeezing $1,500 Out of Store Owner

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Looks like the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission may have written the last sordid act in the ugly saga of Thomas Pak and the Shamrock Kwik Stop on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Records released yesterday reveal a settlement last August between Pak and the state alcohol agency by which Pak accepts a $1,500 civil fine for some kind of extremely bullshit-sounding charge: "failed to promptly report a breach of the peace."

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His lawyer told Steve Thompson at The Dallas Morning News yesterday that Pak took a dive on this because he was sick of the whole thing. I have a personal interest because I share blame for getting the whole thing going in the first place.

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Danny Fulgencio
South Dallas store owner Thomas Pak gets screwed to the wall once more.
Last January the Reverend Peter Johnson called to alert me to a protest going on outside Pak's little gas station/convenience store at MLK and Interstate 45 in South Dallas. African-American activists were accusing Pak, a Korean, of being a racist son of a bitch who shot people to death for stealing candy bars.

I heard, took notes on but did not report the candy bar execution story. Pak and his lawyer wouldn't talk to me. But I did give the protesters general cred by saying in a blog post that: "...the people on the community side include the Rev. Peter Johnson, the Rev. Ronald Wright, Joyce Foreman -- heavy hitters who don't jump into something unless they're sure of their ground."

Yeah, well. Later on our reporter Greg Howard established that the guy who got shot wasn't trying to steal a candy bar. He was trying to steal the cash register and maybe murder a clerk. He ran off with the register, heaved it at a pursuing clerk and then went for the clerk's gun. That's why the cops didn't bring charges against the clerk who shot him.

Howard did a great job of reporting on this incident, eventually showing that it was the opposite of what the African-African activists had conveyed to me. Instead of the community rising up against a racist Korean store owner, it was a cabal of interested parties trying to get the guy to sell them his store, for which they had no money. In fact Pak would have emerged from this whole thing absolutely clean and pristine if the TABC hadn't come up with this laughably transparently bullshit action against him. No, really, you have to read it.

In the "investigative report," TABC officer Tony Browning reports that when Pak's attorney, Richard Barrett-Cuetara, tried to reach him about the case, "I was advised not to contact Mr. Barrett."

So if he wouldn't talk to Pak's lawyer, to whom did he speak? Throughout his report, Browning cites as his chief community liaison and source of information one Sandra Crenshaw, formerly of the Dallas City Council, recently indicted and arrested for car theft. You know, I love Sandra, but ... c'mon. Talking to Crenshaw while refusing to speak with Pak's legal representative? The TABC investigator could have come closer to the facts by studying the bones of a freshly slaughtered goat.

The charge is that Pak and a clerk beat up a guy for trying to buy gas from them. The story Howard reported is that the guy was trespassing and vandalizing expensive equipment. Remember, this is the same situation where all the heavy-hitter community leaders told me Pak's clerk had killed a guy for stealing a candy bar. So do we think maybe the TABC should have spoken with Pak's lawyer to get his side of the gas-buying beat-down story?

The TABC has a long sleazy history of chumminess with southern Dallas political leaders, going back to 2009 when they dropped an investigation of a Dallas saloon because, according to the investigator, "The club owner was a relative of State Sen. Royce West, who called me about the incident."

You know, there's a story in The Dallas Morning News today about how the city is going to spend five million bucks launching a new brand called "Big Things Happen Here." They need to stick an asterisk on that: "Except in southern Dallas, where you will get screwed to the wall by every government agency on the map if you make the stupid mistake of ever investing one thin dime."

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trudat
trudat

... "Except in southern Dallas, where you will get screwed to the wall by every government agency on the map if you make the stupid mistake of ever investing one thin dime."

 

...doesn't sound like JS is too friendly to South Dallas...who'd a thunk it?....

sandracrenshaw
sandracrenshaw

REF: "Throughout his report, Browning cites as his chief community liaison and source of information one Sandra Crenshaw." This is not true. His report only states that I accompanied Arthur Carpenter to file an affidavit complaining of Two Koreans beating him unconscious. The chief source of information was an eyewitness who reported to DPD on the day of the incident and testified before the TABC that he did not know what happened inside the store, but he saw two Koreans exit the store, running to the gas pumps and beat an elderly black man "down with some type of instrument" NO law in America allows a store owner to exit his store and beat a customer almost to death for slamming down a gas pump or criminally trespassing his property or for vandalism. Nor is there a law that allows a property owner to chase a robber five blacks down the street and execute them and then allow them to holler self defense. The breach in TABC policy occurred when Pak did not call 911 to take care of the matter. I don't understand why it is so important to waste your ink trying kill the messenger. You didn't report on the findings, (if you call this story findings) until I sent you a copy of my press release for the Nation of Islam's Final Call to declare victory in that at least one law enforcement agency in this state brought Tommy Pak to justice for beating Arthur Carpenter. I can give you the credit and attention that you so desperately seek for bringing Arthur Carpenter's plight to my attention and to Greg Howard for first reporting that Tommy Pak admitted to the Observer that he beat Carpenter for slamming down the gas pump. Yes Carpenter supplied TABC with a copy of all of the Observer's stories and once again the Observer is cited in legal documents in ciminal proceedings. (Paul Coggins cited Laura Miller in the US vs.Al Lipscomb. You also have expressed credit for triggering Rufus Shaw to blow his wife's brains out when you called him about an e-mail referencing someone who he thought was having an affair with his wife. Look forward to your reference to me in this article to be cited in at least one other legal criminal proceeding. I'll send you a press relase prior so that you can cover it.

pak152
pak152

"I have a personal interest because I share blame for getting the whole thing going in the first place"

so are you helping them pay the fine?

ro3lk3
ro3lk3

Have you ever read Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code sec 22.04? It says you can't own more than 5 liquor stores. 

wilme2
wilme2

TABC needs to fail its next Sunset Commission review and cease to exist.  Few people in Texas would even notice.

RonBigges
RonBigges

except Sandra Crenshaw's not even connected. She's just a name

mcdallas
mcdallas topcommenter

If Pak would have filled out a TABC form for every "breach" at that store during that time, he would STILL be working on paperwork.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

TABC is a joke, that is all

Fb2012
Fb2012

This is pathetic. All Pak was trying to do was enforce another state law against putting gas in an unsafe container. If he had allowed that he would have been fined by some other state agency.

 

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

 @wilme2 Ain't gonna happen with Senator Royce on their side. 

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

 @RonBigges ... which would make TABC even dumber.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @ScottsMerkin the most powerful "joke" in the state.  As I understand it, they have more power than any other state agency. 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @Fb2012 I doubt it.  Nothing rivals the TABC, save the Spanish Inquisition; and nobody expects them.

naivewhiteguilter
naivewhiteguilter

@JimSX You mean there is nothing to sitting around the house in your Depends, crapping out inaccurate libtard propaganda? Yeah didn't think so.

mewkins
mewkins

 . . . fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency . . .

MisterMean
MisterMean

 @naivewhiteguilter    naivewhiteguilter-perhaps you should put the depends around your head to contain the crap that constantly come out of your mouth.

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

 @naivewhiteguilter  @RTGolden1 Man, I would just feel a whole lot more comfortable if you kind of hiked up your drawers here and said straight out that you're not sweet on me. 

naivewhiteguilter
naivewhiteguilter

@RTGolden1 "senile psychobabble" is my rebuttal. Are you "slow"?

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

 @naivewhiteguilter  @JimSX I worry that you are battling disturbing feelings deep within you of affection for me and perhaps even a stronger attraction. You should know that your feelings are not unnatural and nothing to be ashamed of. I must tell you I am unable to requite them. But I salute you for your passion.

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