August 23, 2010 9:58:00 AM
My family and I have always enjoyed eating at Mi Toro''s restaurant. They have good food at great prices.
Unfortunately, one of Columbus'' own was recently killed by a drunk driver who was employed by Mi Toro. I have a couple serious concerns: An article from the Commercial Dispatch dated July 10, 2010, states that this man, Julian Alvarez Lopez, was just leaving his job at Mi Toro Mexican Restaurant. Why would he be leaving his job intoxicated and who was on duty that allowed him to leave in that condition? Another article said that Lopez had no driver''s license or insurance. The question being asked now is, was he even in the country legally?
The owners of Mi Toro need to make this right to the people of Columbus--if it''s even possible at this point. Their employee was allowed to leave work drunk, without a driver''s license, insurance or evidence of immigration status and then kills one of our honorable citizens. I pray that this person is not in the United States illegally, because if he is, Mi Toro would have had to be paying him cash to avoid taxes. I''ve always enjoyed the restaurant, but either Mi Toro makes this right, shows that they are honorable and legal, or they shut down.
John Longmire, Steens
td commented at 8/23/2010 12:47:00 PM:
You raised some valid points and make a very logical request.
Sometimes we read news accounts of illegal immigrants in Arizona, Texas, California, etc. Now it appears on the surface that illegal immirgation might exist right here in Columbus and right under our nose.
sharp nasal kent commented at 8/23/2010 3:44:00 PM:
Now it appears on the surface that illegal immirgation might exist right here in Columbus and right under our nose.
Right here in River City.
Trouble with a capital "T"
And that rhymes with "I" and that stands for illegal immirgation!
anne commented at 8/24/2010 1:11:00 PM:
I like eating at Mi Toro's but I will not go back there. I was at the scene of the accident. I have heard that Lopez who caused the accident was intoxicated, had no driver's license and is an illegal. I feel that someone at Mi Toro's should have known this young man was drinking on the job which should not have been allowed and if what I here is true - they had to know he was illegal. I hope someone investigated Mi Toro's. It's a shame that Mr. Hall lost his life because of a stupid mistake that I hope Lopez will learn from. I hope justice is done in this case.
p hall commented at 8/25/2010 1:21:00 AM:
We were taken to Mi Toro's for Christmas in 2008. It was a very special night and I will never forget it "as long as I live!" It was our Christmas get-togather with our son and his family and he liked to eat at Mi Toro.
Yes,it is a scarey thought to realize someone intoxicated with a .227 alcohol level might have prepared the food which you are about to eat.
Oh,what a shame indeed,John Hall...."our son" was taken away from us and his three children. Oh,I don't want another mother,father or child to feel the sadness in our heart nor the empty void that will "forever" be in our lives.
Yes, Mi Toro's does have some explaining to do!
stormy commented at 8/25/2010 4:06:00 AM:
Did not a local business loose their license to sale intoxicating drinks due to the death of another man? What is the difference? The person did not die on site? You can not tell me that the manager did not know this man was drinking on the job, left work drunk and yes, if he was illegal or not. If he was legal they would have been paying him a check and taking taxes out on him (I do not know how this man was being paid, but it is easy enough to find out). Does anyone know where this Julian Alvarez Lopez is? If he is not in jail, where is he?
Yes, I used to like to eat at Mi Toro's restaurant, but guess what, another one bites the dust... I will not go back.
roscoe p. coltrain commented at 8/25/2010 5:54:00 AM:
What?? Illegal workers right under our very noses you say?? Mississippi has no idea what is under its' nose, or in it for that matter. The country doesn't either. And Congress sure as hell doesn't know.
So who you voting for this time??
melody commented at 8/26/2010 1:49:00 PM:
Shared from the Packet.
This is a shout out to all of Columbus, Ms..... My name is Connie Hall Ross. I am the only sister of John Hall. John is the man that was hit on his motorcycle and killed on Hwy 45 on July 1, 2010 by the illegal immigrant, Julian Alvarez Lopez. This illegal immigrant, Lopez, was employed at Mi Torro's Mexican Restaurant. He drank while on the job that day, then got in his car and rode down Hwy 45 until he decided to make a left turn into my brother and his motorcycle. At that point, he had an alcohol level of .227%(breathalizer test), no drivers license, and no insurance. He can't even speak English, though, he was on his cell phone the entire time my brother was laying in the street dying. Its bad enough that Julian Lopez killed my brother, however, let's take a closer look at the situation. This man was employed by Mi Torro's and was paid in cash. They fired him due to the accident. No establishment would hire an illegal immigrant, right? WRONG! Mi Torro's did, then allowed him to drink to the point of being more than just intoxicated while on the job. With an alcohol level that high, other employees and his employers had to know he was a danger not only to himself, but to the public. Still he was allowed to work that day. If you ate at Mi Torro's that day, there is no telling what was in your food. Julian Lopez can't read or speak a word of English, and he was under the influence of alcohol, so you could have been poisoned. I won't even discuss food safety, restaurant cleanliness, or persone hygene of the employees. Another sad thought about this is that the employees he worked with that day allowed him to get behind the wheel of a car. Mi Torro's fired him due to having a car accident. Does that sound just plain wrong? Well, it does to me. Mi Torro's Mexican Restaurant aided in the killing of my brother, John Hall. I live in Dexter, Missouri and am a little too far away to hold a picket sign, but I do have a voice. And that voice is crying out to all of Columbus, Ms and the surrounding areas to BOYCOTT MI TORRO'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT on Hwy 45 N. in Columbus, Ms. The number of supporters of this boycott continues to grow as folks figure out what is behind the scenes at Mi Torro's Mexican Restaurant. I have been contacted by and have the support of the Columbus Tea Party, Mr. Frank Ferguson, Lowndes County Supervisor, District 2, and also some of the residents of Trinity Retirement Home. Johnny Hall was my baby brother. He left behind 3 children, parents, a sister, and many friends that love him dearly. Since he can't speak for himself, we are his voice and we are asking you to aid us in giving him justice as well as protecting yourselves from the likes of Mi Torro's.
Connie Hall Ross
common sense commented at 9/8/2010 10:47:00 PM:
I have liked Mi Toro's but will not eat there again. If they have no problem with an employee being intoxicated and illegal then what rules do you suppose they feel they need to comply by when they prepare your food? Thanks but no thanks!!!
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