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A Maine landlord is being charged with murder after a dispute with his tenants turned deadly. James Pak is a 74 year old landlord in the town of Biddeford, Maine. Police were called to his rental property on Saturday after an argument with his tenants.
The dispute centered around the tenants parking their cars in Pak's driveway during a snowstorm because street parking was banned. Police left thinking the problem had been rectified, but, unfortunately, they were mistaken. Moments later, Pak allegedly shot 19 year old Derrick Thompson and his 18 year old girlfriend, Alivia Welch, to death. Pak is scheduled to appear in court this week to be formally charged.
There are too many stories about landlord-tenant conflicts escalating into such states of violence. As in any business, as the owner, landlords must often bite their tongues and operate under the pretense that the customer is always right.
It is especially awful for these acts to occur during the holiday season, when people are supposed to spread kindness, not hate. We should all try to be a little better in 2013.Suggested Reading:
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