Bailey's Corner Closed Again?

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Duh

Independence, KS

#1 Jan 25, 2013
Did the owner not pay restitution like he was supposed to?
I do believe

Independence, KS

#2 Jan 25, 2013
they are done
Agreed

United States

#3 Jan 25, 2013
Restitution for what? Wasn't his name John?
Jason

Altamont, KS

#4 Jan 25, 2013
It was Tom Cook.He looks like the pop in fresh dough boy just a lot older and ugly.He did not pay back the taxes.

I think he should be criminally charged for stealing the tax money.
WTF1966

Independence, KS

#5 Jan 26, 2013
And on top of that, he is holding onto the employees wages too, and not paying them. They were lied to for a week with some BS story as to why they didn't have fuel to sell and not taking credit cards.
With jobs as hard as they are to find, then you have POS employers that lie and cheat you out of the minimal wages you were earning.
WTF1966

Independence, KS

#6 Jan 26, 2013
Employees worked for free actually for 3 weeks!!!!!!!!!
sucka

Independence, KS

#7 Jan 26, 2013
is this the one by the college?
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United States

#8 Jan 26, 2013
He won't be criminally charged but the IRS will get their money. The employees need to contact the Better Business Bureau. Or, take him to small claims court.
Pretty Woman

Ballwin, MO

#9 Jan 26, 2013
sucka wrote:
is this the one by the college?
I do think they are talking about the one on Main Street.
Packing and moving

United States

#10 Jan 26, 2013
Moving out boxes and things. Trucks were backed up to the door. Store out by wal-mart.
Mikies for me

Independence, KS

#11 Jan 26, 2013
There ya go Parham. Mikies II! Covering North and West.
WTF1966

Independence, KS

#12 Jan 26, 2013
...and the latest...owner and district manager don't even have the decency to talk with employees-rather hide behind turned off cell phones and answering machines.

Since: Oct 10

Independence, Kansas

#14 Jan 27, 2013
John T wrote:
Tom Cook is a good guy he never does anything wrong.
If the state would just leave him alone they have enough money.
Every retailer in the state is charged by state law to collect sales taxes on every sale that is not specifically exempt from tax.

They collected the taxes from their customers and now are responsible under state law with remitting the taxes collected to the Kansas Department of Revenue.

Those retailers that don't remit the taxes collected are breaking the law and should be made to remit the taxes collected and be fined for failure to do so or forfeit their business assets towards the payment of the delenquent taxes. Until they back taxes are fully paid along with fines and penalties the persons in question should not be allowed to open another retail business. Period...
responding

Miami, FL

#15 Jan 27, 2013
Pretty soon we won't have any small businesses because they state taxes them to death.
suzy

Wichita, KS

#16 Jan 28, 2013
Updated January 28, 2013 at 4:55 PM CST: Workers at several gas stations throughout southeast Kansas are now without a job, invoking strong feelings towards the owner.
"I have never seen anybody more of a slime bag," says Commilla Kidd, a former clerk at a store in Neodesha.
All of the gas stations are owned by Thomas Cook, who previously received a citation from the state of Kansas.
Gas stations in Altamont, Chetopa, Coffeyville, Neodesha, Independence, Neodesha, Pittsburg were seized by the state of Kansas in November. State officials say the owner of all eight stations, Thomas Cook, failed to pay more than $500,000 in retail sales tax. A deal between the owner and state was reached, and the gas stations reopened.
Today, those gas stations are closed once again.
Gas station workers say there were warning signs.
"We had to pay cash for all of our inventory," says Bonnie Jordan, the former manager of a store in Neodesha.
"Bonnie would ask 'why do we have to pay in cash?'" says former store clerk Commilla Kidd. "'Oh, this is just temporary.''Why can't we order food?''Oh, it's just temporary.'"
After the state of Kansas allowed the gas stations' owner to reopen his businesses, workers at the gas station in Neodesha say things got even worse.
Vendors weren't being paid. Customer sales dwindled.
Now it seems the gas station has closed for good.
Workers say they were fired Thursday without reason or a final paycheck from Cook.
"Told me that I needed to go home - he needed some things to take care of," says Jordan.
Gas station workers say Cook owes vendors hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"I understand he owes everybody in the world," says Jordan.
But these now former employees say they and other former co-workers should have priority.
"I had $100 to go on my utility bill - I don't have that $100 any more," says Kidd. "I don't have it to pay it, and they give you an extension, well guess what, I'm still not going to have the money to pay it."
Workers say they haven't heard from Cook since he fired them.
KOAM and Fox 14 left a message for Thomas Cook on his cell phone but as of late this afternoon he had yet to return our call.
http://www.koamtv.com/story/20087941/gas-stat ...
What

Independence, KS

#17 Feb 1, 2013
Anybody heard what is going to happen to them?
Jeff

Altamont, KS

#18 Feb 1, 2013
Sunshine still has the leases on them.But they are just about as bad as Tom Cook in not paying there bills.

It would be nice if they would go back the way they were years ago when they were Bailys corners.

Since: Oct 10

Independence, Kansas

#19 Feb 1, 2013
Kansas Department of Revenue will auction off asset of the business in part settlement for back sales taxes that were due. Auction probably will not cover all that is due the state.

Someone will buy the buildings at auction and either use them to start a new business, or tear them down to use the land for other purposes.

Moving on...

The Department of Revenue needs to be more pro-active on retailer accounts that become delinquent on sales tax reports. The taxes were paid by consumers, but the money was not remitted to the state...to me, that means the owners of the business did something else with the money...like finance a plush lifestyle...

Why should our tax money that we pay on purchases and gripe about how high they are be allowed to be used in this manner with no hope of collecting them from the retailer?
News to you

Independence, KS

#20 Feb 1, 2013
Indy_Dick wrote:
Kansas Department of Revenue will auction off asset of the business in part settlement for back sales taxes that were due. Auction probably will not cover all that is due the state.
Someone will buy the buildings at auction and either use them to start a new business, or tear them down to use the land for other purposes.
Moving on...
The Department of Revenue needs to be more pro-active on retailer accounts that become delinquent on sales tax reports. The taxes were paid by consumers, but the money was not remitted to the state...to me, that means the owners of the business did something else with the money...like finance a plush lifestyle...
Why should our tax money that we pay on purchases and gripe about how high they are be allowed to be used in this manner with no hope of collecting them from the retailer?
This would be true but tom did not own the buildings nor the equiptment in them. The store on south 10th has a pending sale if it is completed it will be open in 2 to 4 weeks.

Since: Jan 12

Independence, KS

#21 Feb 1, 2013
responding wrote:
Pretty soon we won't have any small businesses because they state taxes them to death.
The sales tax does not cost the owner anything except keeping track of it. It is paid by the customers not the owner.

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