Brewery's forced shutdown was a surprise to owner

Full story: Lowell Sun

The state shut down a local bar and restaurant last weekend, saying the business failed to collect and forward six months of back child-support payments garnished from a former prep cook.
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SHAKEDOWN

Concord, MA

#1 Dec 9, 2010
Hand over the dough or you won't have a business.

Buggsy i think these guys need a visit from the enforcer.

Wwwait! Wwwait! Here take my money Al.
Here, here's a little extra for your troubles. Sorry big Al.

The new Capos! State agencies.
Bronson

Lowell, MA

#2 Dec 9, 2010
The DOR has so much power over people and businesses it is silly. A poorly run organization with some of the most punishing rules. The DOR found it appropriate to disrupt the lives of people, put dozens out of work and cost a business thousands plus their reputation, all over $1000 in back child support. That is pretty sad. Sucks learning the hard way but that is what they will do.
John

Somerville, MA

#3 Dec 9, 2010
The DOR is the new political dumping ground most of the employees would be out pumping gas if not for their political contacts.
They should have just slipped the guy some cash he would of went away. Thats one department that should be under investigation.
time2go

Lowell, MA

#4 Dec 9, 2010
I don't feel sorry for this business. They were sent all these letters regarding the non payment of child support and the business thumbed their noses. There is a mother trying to support her children that obviously this DEADBEAT shirked his responsibility. Typical reaction regarding child support. I think the DOR should do this more and there would be less that taxpayers have to shoulder.
Love It

Lowell, MA

#5 Dec 9, 2010
IRS statistic: 50% or more of small businesses underreport their revenue by 60%. You and i both know it while the W-2 wage stiff gets every penny taken out of their check.

I didn't receive all the notices, but I remembered to put most of the cash receipts under the mattress away from the IRS. Still have my American flag decal on my cadaillac,though.
Did Brasco pay the staff for the weekend?
re Bronson

Lowell, MA

#6 Dec 9, 2010
Blame the IRS?

How about the Brewery Exchange that 'forgot" or the usual excuse- "never got the 10 notices they sent me". No .It was pure greed. Brasco kept the money. The kitchen chef no longer worked there.
"Child support agency is understaffed and never follows up anyway, so i'll just ignor it. Everyone does it."
Put the blame where it belongs; quit blaming the victim, in this case, the hated US govt.Get the cash up. the [place is a gold mine.

I would take it a step further because of this and conduct a state and IRS audit. You know all the bar reciepts are not being declared as revenue. You're not that stupid.
FBI

Lowell, MA

#8 Dec 9, 2010
It's the old TWO cash registers behind the bar trick.

Receipts from one you declare to the IRS with the tape reciepts as back up and the receipts from the other one you take home so the IRS never knows.
No woner we have a deficit, and the owners have 3 houses, boats, fur coats , new cars for them and their kids leased from the "business.
No Kiddimg

Kennebunkport, ME

#9 Dec 9, 2010
Hey John, It was under investigation several years ago, The Lowell Offfice in fact, Case never went anywhere. The Political "Learning Impaired" Work for the DOR and they will swear that the notices went out, Yes the mail is expected to be delivered, but one would think that at least one notice would be return reciept. I would most likely bet the notices never went out. Yeah! can't argue with government. That state is so "effd" up it is a wonder that it is not in recievership.
re time 2go

Lowell, MA

#10 Dec 9, 2010
agree with everything you said except it was the business not the deadbeat that did not forward the support money.
Hope they didn't just subtract it from his pay and then never forward it. Real sleezbags then
No Kiddimg

Kennebunkport, ME

#11 Dec 9, 2010
re Bronson wrote:
Blame the IRS?
How about the Brewery Exchange that 'forgot" or the usual excuse- "never got the 10 notices they sent me". No .It was pure greed. Brasco kept the money. The kitchen chef no longer worked there.
"Child support agency is understaffed and never follows up anyway, so i'll just ignor it. Everyone does it."
Put the blame where it belongs; quit blaming the victim, in this case, the hated US govt.Get the cash up. the [place is a gold mine.
I would take it a step further because of this and conduct a state and IRS audit. You know all the bar reciepts are not being declared as revenue. You're not that stupid.
Your Posting just shows how stupid you are, The IRS is the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT and DOR os the STATE GOVERNMENT. It also shows that you don't like any one who has a business and is successful. YOU ARE SUCH A MORON. Of Course you are in Massachusetts, what else is there to expect.
jake

Lunenburg, MA

#12 Dec 9, 2010
It shouldn't be up to any business to do the work for the DOR concerning deadbeat dads. If someone is in violation then let the DOR get the money and not force anyone else to do their work.

Lock the guy (the deadbeat dad) up for a while and he will pay his bills or debt but don't penalize a business and all the other workers who have nothing to do with this, not to mention the general public or those who booked the space.

Typical government intervention.
Ms Ann Thrope

Peabody, MA

#13 Dec 9, 2010
the State has strange habits. With all the things needed to be done I'm surprised they had time to pursue this and in a cold blooded manner. Of course they need the $$
HR Dept

Bedford, MA

#14 Dec 9, 2010
The Bar was sent notices! I have been in the HR field now for 20 years and I can say that after you add someone to your pay roll with in 2 weeks you start to get notices from DOR that Tom/Dick or Harry has a child support order per week and also owes back child support.
There is no way this bar never got them. I have to call DOR and tell them to stop sending me stuff because I have the order and its current stop killing tree's!
If Tom/Dick or Harry dont want to pay up then keep it in your pants!
I think there should be more done to company's that do not take child support out. Fine them and then give the fine to the parent who is owed and lets see how many company's will start to mail in there child support orders on time!
Again its not the kids fault for that one night of passion, but they feel it for a life time!
loweller

Kansas City, MO

#15 Dec 9, 2010
The government is worried about the cost of sending a notice by certified mail?? Sounds like the DOR has Napoleon syndrome at the very lease. I can't think of any instances that would result in a closure that doesn't require receipt of notice. Government f'n idiots!
Old but Young at Heart

AOL

#16 Dec 9, 2010
FBI wrote:
It's the old TWO cash registers behind the bar trick.
Receipts from one you declare to the IRS with the tape reciepts as back up and the receipts from the other one you take home so the IRS never knows.
No woner we have a deficit, and the owners have 3 houses, boats, fur coats , new cars for them and their kids leased from the "business.
lol fur coats..you can get a fur coat at A.J. Wright for under a $100.00 lol
I still think that the DOR should of gone looking for that guy that owes the money to his wife. The brewrey only hired him..they should of not gone after the business since they have no business knowing that an employee owes money to the DOR or bill collectors etc..times are that bad now?
Amused

Lowell, MA

#17 Dec 9, 2010
There's no good guys in this story. The bar owners' story about never receiving any notices just doesn't pass the smell test. A single notice not received might have been credible, but the postal service generally gets the mail where it is going, so the possibility that none of the multiple notices was delivered is very remote, unless the DOR had the wrong address.

On the other hand, DOR had to know that closing a bar on a weekend would cause far more financial loss to the owners and the employees who depend primarily on tips than the amount at issue. The bartenders and wait staff had no role in causing the problem, and no power to fix the problem, but I'm sure this weekend shutdown had serious ramifications for their ability to make the rent payment this month. Since there would be no one the bar could call on Saturday or Sunday to try to fix the problem, DOR guaranteed that the harm they caused was all out of proportion to the problem they were trying to fix. A closing on a Monday would almost certainly have brought a phone call and a check by Tuesday. Just one more example of how the state of Massachusetts goes out of its way to discourage new businesses by creating a hostile business climate.
Jim

Chelmsford, MA

#18 Dec 9, 2010
jake wrote:
It shouldn't be up to any business to do the work for the DOR concerning deadbeat dads. If someone is in violation then let the DOR get the money and not force anyone else to do their work.
Lock the guy (the deadbeat dad) up for a while and he will pay his bills or debt but don't penalize a business and all the other workers who have nothing to do with this, not to mention the general public or those who booked the space.
Typical government intervention.
Agreed. Typical blowhard lawmakers who will vote for anything that looks good on a bumper sticker without ever thinking about the real-world consequences. I'm sure all those yahoos on Beacon Hill were very happy to tout their "strong action" in going after those terrible deadbeats, but what did they really do? They cost 40 people a holiday paycheck and DIDN'T EVEN GET THE MONEY! Real lawmaking is more than grandstanding and we need more legislators who understand that.
Jay Turner

Dracut, MA

#19 Dec 9, 2010
Yet another example of why our government sucks.
Ace

Waltham, MA

#21 Dec 9, 2010
Looks like someone forgot to grease someone at the DOR. This is just a gesture to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Why can't the DOR just go after the guy themselves? Why is the establishment responsible for collecting the states debts? I would find out who the genius was that ordered this shut down and ask him or her why in this economy would they shut down an establishment that's generating tax revenue and providing local jobs.
Lowell Lady

Lowell, MA

#22 Dec 9, 2010
SHAKEDOWN wrote:
Hand over the dough or you won't have a business.
Buggsy i think these guys need a visit from the enforcer.
Wwwait! Wwwait! Here take my money Al.
Here, here's a little extra for your troubles. Sorry big Al.
The new Capos! State agencies.
Dear Shakedown, ever waited for a child support check?

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