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“The building code violations include but are not limited to open electrical boxes with exposed wiring in mechanical pump room and improper electrical outlets in the front/rear area of car wash, both of which pose an electrocution hazard, as well as missing back flow prevention to prevent sewage contamination of the clean water source.”

Those are just a few of the problems plaguing a car wash on Chicago’s West Side that prompted the city to shut it down last week, according to a statement from the city’s building department to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The car wash owners are now asking the city to let it reopen, saying the business is one of the community’s anchors and employs dozens of people who desperately need the work. The car wash has lost about $30,000 in business since the closure, the company said, according to the news report.

But police aren’t so keen to let it reopen. “In the past year alone, there have been 122 calls for service at this location (10 per month), including shootings, sex offenses, assaults, batteries and more,” a police spokesperson told the newspaper.