Kevin Burns won't be having a Merry Christmas this year. In this week's print edition of Miami New Times (which is available online later today), we chronicle how the former North Miami mayor's 34-year-old business selling Christmas trees is no ho-ho-ho fun.
Banana Republican interviewed several people familiar with Burns' operation, including his chief rival, a former tree supplier, and three ex-employees. All of them had naughty things to say about Burns, primarily that he skips out on his debts.
Craig Steinhart is co-owner of a company that provided Burns with a lot of trees in the Nineties. He won a $72,000 civil judgment from Burns in 1997, yet hasn't seen a cent. When he tried to collect, "[Burns] pretended we didn't even exist," Steinhart grouses. "He didn't seem to care that he screwed us over. There are a lot of decent people who are not like Kevin Burns."
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It's just the type of Christmas story that you want to share with children around the fireplace with cups of hot cocoa.