Tuesday, May 21, 2013

On money laundering, and two businesses that have been discussed in the Empoprise-BI business blog

I've discussed a number of different businesses in the Empoprise-BI business blog. Two of them have become rather notorious - a Mobil gas station in West Covina, California, and a restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. The gas station seems to always charge extremely high prices, while the restaurant is purported to abuse its customers and its workers.

When businesses have such negative vibes, a few people start wondering about those businesses...and they begin to speculate.

There's been a lot of speculation about the West Covina gas station. A sample can be found in the comments to this post.

I live nearby and when ever I pass the mobil the same two dirty vehicles are just parked by the gas pumps. If they are charging more for gas because of financial difficulties from embezzlement,how can it help by not selling ANY gas. It's not working. No one is EVER buying gas there. What are they doing there ??? Not selling gas that's for sure... It sure seems fishy.

Something fishier than embezzlement? Whatever could the writer be referencing? Well, perhaps this Google+ thread on the restaurant may illustrate what's being discussed:

Others say that it is very possible the restaurant is a front to launder money and that such a thing is quite common in Scottsdale when it comes to crime. That most crime there is "White Collar" crime.

Now personally I doubt that either businesses is a money laundering front. If I were laundering money via a legitimate business, I wouldn't want to do things that would attract unwanted attention to my business.

I wouldn't advertise prices that are much higher than anyone else's.

And I certainly wouldn't consent to appear on a television show.
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