A tale of seeking out big fish rather than basic roast beef

24 Mar

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

There are a million stories in the naked city, and … this is just one of them.

In our tale, the Feds find half a million in cash from two safety deposit boxes, (let’s face it, that’s a lot of chicken kabob salads and roast beef sandwiches), causing them to arrest the owners of a local joint. But that might not be the most-interesting part of this tale.

144209.ME.1223.cadillac1.FO.jpgAfter all, this family’s deep legal troubles around obstruction of justice, and perhaps, a question over whether they paid their fair share to a little outfit called the IRS, is only of passing prurient interest.

In our tale, people start to wonder, as part of a potential sentencing deal cut with the Feds, if the accused will turn rat quicker than the time it takes to make a large Italian with hots and extra salami.

We take you back a few years, to a time when a family opens a second little sit down restaurant on the a posh side of the berg, and then comes before city solons to request that rules be amended so they can obtain a liquor license for their new establishment.

But when nearby neighbors strenuously oppose this liquor license pursuit, their elected representative does what all good elected officials do: He stands by the neighborhood, and fights to keep the restaurant from becoming a boozy cash bonanza.

Interestingly, several other solons, including one we’ll call “Vito,” are decidedly in favor of the restaurant getting a liquor license. Traditionally, it’s SOP for solons to defer to the wishes of an area’s representative on such hyper local neighborhood issues. But not in this case. With few exceptions, the diligent area solon — after saying he will 100% support the wishes of the neighbors — finds himself feeling like Custer at Little Big Horn. There are cries from his colleagues of “have a drink and relax. This family ain’t hurtin’ those whiny neighbors.”

A few months later – surprise, surprise – the local solon unexpectedly finds himself with an opponent (let’s call him Butch) for reelection in that fall’s election. Nothing to see here, of course, except for the fact that the incumbent’s opponent is openly supported by the family seeking the liquor license. One day, while having brewskies following a game at the local Little League diamond,Vito also encourages Butch to run. “There might be some nice little envelopes in it for ya,” Vito suggests.

Who knows. Maybe the moral of our little story is that spreading around thousands of undeclared Franklins, Hamiltons, Lincolns and Washingtons can be a good way to get powerful interests to see things your way. Wink. Wink.

Let’s also say that it usually never fails that those facing very serious Federal charges, and the potential for long jail sentences, often have their attorney seek leniency by telling law enforcement things to help them hook even bigger fish.

Sleep well on that last point, local politicos. And, of course, maybe former local politicos.

Until then, though …

I’ll finish this tale after I have a chicken kabob dinner, with feta and onions, and well-done steak fries.

13 Responses to “A tale of seeking out big fish rather than basic roast beef”

  1. Red March 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm #

    You know it’s getting close to election season when Bob awakens from his hibernation to throw political shit at the walls and hope it sticks….

  2. Sleepless in Peabody March 24, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

    Was thinking the same thing. Who wouldn’t rat to save their own ass? Can’t wait. This city is so f-ing corrupt

  3. My Way or the Highway March 24, 2017 at 2:30 pm #

    Haven’t seen a post from you in months! I’m a tad naive and am only guessing of whom you speak but Vito (if I’m right) has recieved his share of envelopes (past, present & future) as has a now-former (current city employee) councillor.

    • Bob Croce March 24, 2017 at 2:42 pm #

      All names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this story are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  4. Sidewinder March 24, 2017 at 3:22 pm #

    Just curious …. I see that this post has to do with a pizza shop in West Peabody. Would it also have something to do with rt 1?

    • Bob Croce March 24, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

      It’s just a tale. Could be about anywhere really. I’ll leave it to peoples’ imagination!

  5. Roast beef w/sauce March 24, 2017 at 6:49 pm #

    I am familiar with this tale of a certain ward representative as well as Butch. Not sure about Vito but I have a hunch…

  6. Been There Seen This Before March 25, 2017 at 11:37 am #

    This tale reminds me why Peabody NEEDS 10 new liquor licenses for slush funds, err… restaurants for Peabody’s revitalization of course. Keep the money flowing!! Especially in the flood zone, downtown where more spending of taxpayers’ monies are needed for the bailout of private political contributors (I meant) Peabody investors.

    How about that new building being built right over North River next to the downtown Post Office. Fully approved by the City of Peabody no doubt. Where was FEMA when that was approved? Was FEMA ever notified?

    Nothing to see here, folks. Keep the raises coming to city officials, especially the PMLP commissioners (They want a city pension, you know), and other city employees.

    Peabody’s motto: Build it and they (the taxpayers) will pay.

  7. Anonymous March 26, 2017 at 5:14 pm #

    Don’t forget they screwed the city of Peabody about 20,000 in meals tax based on one million in sales. I don’t care if that make a good chicken kabob. There screwing the residents of Peabody and the state of Massachusetts. There were caught by the Feds with about 800,000 cash hidden in safety deposit boxes. This is for one year. They must have clipped millions over the years! Imagine what they really clipped. Put them in jail and shut them down. Greedy self serving people.

  8. The Shadow Knows March 26, 2017 at 5:22 pm #

    Bob hoping they sing like canaries. Lot of sleazy politicians going down with them. I would say Butch and Vito are in big trouble. Don’t forget though about the guy who replaced Vito. Something not honest about that little toad.

    • Been There Seen This Before March 26, 2017 at 7:54 pm #

      Nun? Don’t follow. Please explain.

    • Karma March 27, 2017 at 4:29 pm #

      I hear there is a lot of money in Billboards! One in particular for 5k.

  9. NealNail April 6, 2017 at 1:05 pm #

    All the answers are pretty easy- Just dig into the city lawyers!!!

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