Twenty armed IRS agents raided a family-owned bridal shop and sold everything inside it – even though the owners were never charged with a crime in court.
The agents burst into Mii’s Bridal & Tuxedo and seized the inventory on claims of alleged tax debt. They sold wedding gowns and tuxedos in an auction – “the family’s entire life savings for pennies on the dollar.” They even sold a war veteran’s hat which was in the shop for alterations.
The IRS claims it acted according to a clause (IRC § 6336) that allows rapid sale of perishable goods. Since when do wedding gowns and tuxedos have an expiration date? According to its own agency policy, the IRS should have waited the required 10 days before selling the family’s property.
Bureaucracy destroyed these people’s livelihood without just cause – now, bureaucracy might stop them from getting a fair trial. The Thangsoncharoens, who owned Mii’s Bridal & Tuxedo, filed a lawsuit in federal court. However, because the elderly pair filed in their own names and not in the name of their store, the court could throw out their case entirely.