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Tinley Closes 'Always Open' Store for Booze Sales

Tinley 24/Seven was temporarily closed on April 1 by police after violating a suspended liquor license order by the mayor.

A clerk at was accused on April 1 of selling liquor without a license, which was revoked recently by liquor commissioner and mayor Edward Zabrocki.

Last week Zabrocki organized an informal meeting and told store owner his liquor license would be suspended between April 1 and 3 because of ongoing health and liquor violations. Not only has Tinley 24/Seven been caught selling liquor to minors, Zabrocki noted, but the refrigerators in the adjacent deli were  about 30 degrees warmer than they should have been by law. He also said some food items were passed their expiration date.

A “No Alcohol Sales” sign was posted near the cash register, though the clerk apparently ignored it. So did a male customer.

Sabja Mashni, 46, of the 7700 block of 162nd Place in Tinley Park, was charged with liquor violation for selling two bottles of wine around 7:30 p.m., police said.

Police said they stopped the man shortly thereafter to verify the transaction and then ticketed Mashni before closing the store.

As of Monday afternoon, Tinley 24/Seven was still closed and Casper had not contacted the village, Zabrocki said. The store "will not be opened again until all the health issues are addressed," and it passes a village inspection, he said.

"I'm in the process of talking with the village," Casper responded, admitting that he hadn't yet called Zabrocki even though "the items are removed that (Zabrocki) complained about."

Elizabeth April 05, 2011 at 03:40 PM
The store is a complete dump. Go ahead and do the neighborhood a favor and close it for good. I felt like I needed a shower right after walking in the store a few months back. Gross.
Lisa Nasus May 05, 2011 at 12:11 PM
This store, that sells liquor to minors, is less than a block from Central Middle School. It's owner Dean Casper is on the District 146 School Board. That is a problem.
Paul Dailing May 05, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Its former owner. Dean Casper is selling the store. http://tinleypark.patch.com/articles/new-owner-possible-for-worst-convenience-store-we-have It should also be noted that the minors were, while under 21, not Central Middle School students or, to my knowledge, middle school aged. I point that out not to defend a store with such numerous health and liquor violations but to ease the minds of Central parents.

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