As a newly opened restaurant owner, business is hard as it is, therefore competition is extremely important to focus on within the same geographical area. Knowing about the competitors financial state is what allows a business to see where it is at and how to proceed in the future. Although a restaurant could be doing very well one day, by tomorrow that could all change and conflicts could easily arise, such as this one. A restaurant owned by an individual involved in the Hells Angels gang has opened a restaurant next-door to a restaurant owned by an average citizen of Montreal. The restaurants are both located on St. Laurence Street, a very populated area of Montreal. Furthermore, the restaurant owned by the average citizen of Montreal reached a comfortable stability with their clientele, at the time when the second restaurant opened.
Firstly, it is important to understand why the criminals do what they do, they way they do it. Although, nobody will fully be ever to understand a criminal’s mind, unless they were a criminal “gone good”. It is understood that the activity of the Hells Angel’s restaurant owner is involved in illegal activities, therefore in order to counteract the bad with the good, why not open up a “legitimate” restaurant when their income surrounding their illegal activity is booming? The basic idea behind their need to open up a legitimate restaurant is to basically be able to have an answer if they are asked where their money is coming from (Danis, Module 1, Slide 13). The restaurant itself is used as means to an end. Meaning that in order to hide their funds, to process their cash and to even make their illegal cash, they will use this restaurant as a cover up. Of course, many Hells Angels groups were stopped and found, but because they are already involved in illegal matters, using this restaurant enables them a bit more of security for their risky business and their illegal money.
There are many consequences that surround this situation. The first restaurant owner could potentially be majorly impacted, personally and/or financially. The Hell’s Angel’s bar secretly attracts illegal people. Not only are they using the establishment to hide their money but individuals who are involved in this, could potentially use the neighbors restaurant, for illegal matters. It is dangerous to get caught up in the workings of organized crime groups because although they do not personally inflict harm on innocents, they will first make you their worker, then you are not an innocent anymore. Therefore, because these two restaurants are neighbors, it automatically makes it easier for the innocent restaurant owner’s innocence to be taken advantage of. Let’s say that the Hell’s Angel’s restaurant owner became aware that the innocent restaurant owner knows about their illegal business. If this does end up happening, the innocent could potentially get caught up with the Hell’s Angel’s because of their awareness of the matter. The Hell’s Angel’s want to, of course, keep their restaurant safe therefore who is to say what they will do in order to keep the innocent restaurant owner from not speaking out. Another consequence is that this makes it increasingly difficult for the innocent’s restaurant to compete in the economy (Danis, Module 1, Slide 4). The Hell’s Angel’s bar will be able to have low prices for whatever they are selling to the public. This will attract an increasing amount of individuals because people want to pay less for good food; common sense. Therefore as they increase their clientele, it is possible for the innocent’s restaurant clientele to begin to decrease because that owner will not be able to lower their prices and still be making an equal or greater amount of income. In order for the economy to have stability, legal competition is needed because business will always strive to meet the publics wants. In turn, the Hell’s Angel’s make is extremely simple to meet the public’s...
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