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$100,000 fine for running secret hostel in Sydney supermarket

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  1. Terry_w

    Terry_w Solicitor, Finance Broker, CTA Business Member

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    $100,000 fine for running secret hostel in Sydney supermarket


    When City of Sydney’s anti-illegal rentals task force looked behind the scenes of a low-rent supermarket in the city’s centre, rather than cans of food and crates of produce, they found a store room set up with four bunk beds.

    The shop’s disability toilet had been converted into a makeshift bathroom, complete with shower and plastic covering the walls.

    Its proprietor Amr Hassan was this week convicted and fined $100,000 – plus legal costs of $61,426 – in the Downing Centre Local Court for converting part of the ‘Banana Supermarket’ in Regent Street, Chippendale for residential use.

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  2. Ed Barton

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    They needed a Scotland Yard cop and a task force to uncover this?
     
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  3. Aaron Sice

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    I don't know what I find hard to digest most about this.....that;

    a) someone thought this was a good enough idea to make a go of it, or

    b) people actually sought out/participated in living there.
     
  4. bob shovel

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    A great yield!
    2 very low vacancy rate for cheap accom!

    A+b+neg gearing =gold mine ;)

    http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/c...-with-a-550-fine/story-fnjpusyw-1226875246716

    I've crunched some numbers and my calculator just came up with 5 gold bananas!
     
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  5. Casteller

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    Best anti-illegals raid on a supermarket I have seen was here in Barcelona, the cops found a complete dead body in the Chinese supermarket freezer. It turns out he had died of natural causes, but his family did not want to notify the authorities, but instead use his residence visa to get some other Chinese person into the country, who would assume that dead persons identity.
     
  6. Gockie

    Gockie I'm an ISTP-A female, so I might be a bit quirky! Premium Member

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    Omg...
     
  7. ashish1137

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    Cos they all look alike. :D
     
  8. willair

    willair Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    When you look at the fine costs,legal costs his level of wealth just went down in a big way..
     
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    Gockie I'm an ISTP-A female, so I might be a bit quirky! Premium Member

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    Especially if they are like the Koreans who beauty touchup passport photos (and even do face reshaping) for their passport photos....
     
  10. datto

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    My passport has an extra photo from the navel down as an additional ID measure.
     
  11. Ed Barton

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    How does it help when you're wearing a murkin?
     
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    It's held in place with an elastic cord. There's no problem.
     
  13. chi.lam

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    We lived in the apartment block above this supermarket a few years ago. We often saw this guy in the lifts with a massive set of keys showing backpackers to their accommodation. There was a lot of apartments in that building with just bunk beds for short term accommodation.