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The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission charged Spec's Wines, Spirits and Finer Foods with a host of violations and asked that a Texas administrative court either fine the company $713 million or yank the license for each of its 164 stores. But the judges said the only charge that the commission proved was that Spec's might have paid an invoice a day or two late. The court issued Spec's only a warning. But the investigation cost Spec's more than $1 million in legal fees and other costs, and the three-year freeze the commission imposed on issuing Spec's new licenses until the case was resolved kept it from expanding.

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  1. Texans stopping Texans from drinking whisky!!!!!

    Has the world gone mad!!!

  2. “the three-year freeze the commission imposed on issuing Spec’s new licenses until the case was resolved kept it from expanding.”

    It wasn’t a freeze; it’s called “aging.” Your’e welcome.

  3. Remind me again why liquor has to be treated differently than most any other consumer product and how it is that the close government supervision of the industry doesn’t result in a clearly superior operation compared to the laissez faire competition of the free market?

  4. [Spec’s attorney] Van Huff said he told Helm that the allegations against Spec’s were “hyper-technical violations of the code” that had nothing to do with health and safety. [TABC General Counsel Emily] Helm’s response, he said, was: “If Spec’s could be our real friend instead of our fake friend and settle this case then we can let (Rydman) have his permits.”

    Real friends aren’t so tight with their wallets. I bet Spec’s competitors are real friends to the TABC.

    1. When I introduce you, I’m gonna say, “This is a friend of mine.” That means you’re a connected guy. Now if I said instead, this is a friend of ours that would mean you a made guy. A Capiche?

      How exactly our the mob and the government not the same?

      1. …exactly how are…

        God damn edit

      2. Would the government really threaten violence if you don’t comply with their agenda like the mob???

        Oh wait… don’t answer that.

        The real difference is that the government is acting on behalf of the people. They take out businesses and limit your purchasing options in order to protect you. Don’t you feel better now?

    2. Emily Helm is not my friend.

  5. Crooks gotta be crooks. Especially in the government.

  6. The real brickbat in this, is that every one of the TABC employees received full salary during this time, received no notice of wrongdoing, and have absolutely no incentive not to do this in the future. Hell, commendations will probably flow forth, and the article mentions that TABC is already planning to ask the hearing office to “reconsider” the judges’ findings. “If that doesn’t happen, the regulatory agency has some discretion to change the proposed decision”. They have carte blanche, and every incentive, to keep costing this company money … until some way to screw other business owners even more profitably comes along.

    A free bonus is the “related Tribune coverage” at the bottom of the article. TABC employees questioned by legislators about junkets, misusing resources, borrowing company cars indefinitely for personal use. Yeah, a laugh a minute for the buggers; this isn’t going to set them back one week.

    1. Relative of mine worked for McLane’s distributors, and it was always amazing to me how many millions of dollars were cheated from them by various state tobacco and alcohol enforcement agencies. Over and again, it was claimed the various taxes hadn’t been paid, and $3 million here, $14 million there was demanded, or the trucks full of cigarettes would be impounded. McLane paid, and always won these cases, but it took years, and much money paid to $750/hr lawyers: the paperwork was always in order, but random, nonsensical delays and obstructions were thrown up over and over again by the states. One that stands out, was a tax assessor in Florida who was unable to verify paperwork because he could never be forced into court; 5 years later, hired private investigators caught his 100% disabled ass carrying a sailboard and overflowing cooler of beer across the beach. Funny, and rewarding, they were able to reclaim millions of dollars for the company, but infuriating when you remembered it was their money to begin with, and they were just being allowed to reclaim it.

  7. So…I’m guessing TABC is immune to law suits?

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