As its first order of business, the new department sent uniformed and armed California Highway Patrol officers to shut down the popular Palm Springs restaurant The Tropicale over a “tax-related” investigation, despite the fact that no arrests were made and by their own admission “the operation posed no problems.”
Agents told KESQ that they couldn’t comment on the specific warrant, due to “taxpayer confidentiality laws.”
Patrons were turned away and employees were sent home. A sign placed on the door read, “Due to unforeseen circumstances, The Tropicale will be closed for the evening. We will re-open tomorrow at our regular time. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you tomorrow!”
So far, the department has given no reasonable explanation as to why this dispute required such a major disruption to business operations and this show of force.
Unless, of course, they were trying to send a message to the rest of us. If they aren’t paid what they think they’re owed, they’re going to show up to our places of business like gangsters and shut us down.