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Chapter 7 bankruptcy situation leads to customer complaints

A family-run store in another state came upon hard times as online shopping and home delivery grew more popular. At least, that's what a spokesperson for the company recently said. The owners wound up filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy in early September. The events that unfolded after that have affected not only those directly involved but the community at large as well. If a similar problem were to arise in Louisiana, those involved may want to seek outside support. 

There is a pharmacy inside the building where the grocery store was run. That pharmacy is still open for business. The problem is that the food in the grocery store was left to rot and a pungent smell began to fill the atmosphere. Customers started to complain, which led to officials setting up air fresheners at various spots throughout the building to try to combat the stench.  

The former store owners say they would have liked to have cleared the store of all the food, but since the bank was now in control of all assets, they themselves were not allowed to touch anything. A bank representative says this is not true. The bank rep says there is a bankruptcy trustee in charge of the store at this time and the bank itself will not gain control until the situation is fully processed through the court system.  

The situation is further complicated by the bank trustee stating that the store owners were supposed to clear everything out before leaving. Chapter 7 bankruptcy apparently does not prohibit those filing from securing assets. There will no doubt be people in Louisiana who file for bankruptcy before year's end. To avoid complications, it is always a good idea to seek the support of a bankruptcy law attorney.

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