Maryland Mother Says Richard Dan Ki Kim, Owner of Town Square Market, Sold Her Teen Daughter Vodka

6:09 PM, Feb 21, 2012   |    comments
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WUSA)--"Just the outrage rose in me and I said, 'You look into my eyes. You look at me. I am the mother of a child you nearly killed.'.And he had nothing to say. What a coward!"

This Maryland mother says Town Square Market sold her 16-year- old alcohol for two years. She felt compelled to see the owner, Richard Dan Ki Kim,  for herself.

"So I said, 'Are you the person who's been in the news?' And he said, 'Yes.' And I said, 'Where's the vodka?' And he pointed to where the vodka was and I carried it over to the counter. And he was about to ring it up and I said, 'I'm not buying this, but you sold it to my daughter. And she was rushed to the hospital because you sold it to a 16 year-old girl. How dare you?!'"

Her visit to Town Square Market came after 9NEWS NOW reporter Andrea McCarren's series of reports, documenting how buyers as young as 14 years-old were purchasing alcohol.

Montgomery County Police have backed that up with 38 recent alcohol citations to minors buying at Town Square Market and crossing into Maryland.

"You keep bombarding us for no reason," a store clerk at Town Square Market told 9NEWS NOW reporter Scott Broom Monday.  "If the cops had a problem with us, they'd shut down the store."

The suburban mother says that callous indifference to the mounting evidence of illegal liquor sales to minors here put her over the top.

"The entitlement is outrageous. He acts as entitled and as over-privileged as the children he sells to. My feeling is you son of a bitch! How dare you flaunt this in front of all of us?"

When 9NEWS NOW spoke with Kim, he denied ever selling alcohol to minors and said he always asks for identification.

There is an administrative process in place involving Metropolitan and Montgomery County Police and ABRA, DC's alcohol control board.   In the weeks to come, it will be determined what punishment Kim faces.  However, for a first time offense, DC's Deputy Mayor of Public Safety told 9NEWS NOW on Monday, if found guilty, Kim could face up to six months in prison or a $1,000 fine.

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