whoa @snakeman. way harsh, tai.
Good question, Tom. Currently Shelby County employees must go through the federal Department of Labor office to handle wage theft claims. Because Tennessee does not have its own minimum-wage law, the county defers to the federal minimum-wage law and relies on federal investigators to take on minimum-wage and overtime violations in Shelby County. As there are only two Department of Labor investigators for all of West Tennessee, many wage theft victims and activists have found that the DOL doesn't have the resources or staff to handle the magnitude of wage theft claims in the county. Check out the cover story "Payback" for more background info.
@Elizabeth while I agree that Heritage BBQ is not for everyone, and $500 is cost-prohibitive for many people (myself included), there were individual events ticketed at just $20. $500 was the price of a VIP weekend pass, which included every event. And it was never billed as a fund-raising event.
Thanks, Beth — we'll fix it!
mittens the homewrecker.
Duly noted, Marty. I think the suggestion is that it's done in the traditional Philly style, with close attention to that tradition, and not just slapped together like some limited-time-only, fast food special. Whether it meets the hometown Philly cheese steak standards is yet to be determined. Apologies for the confusion.
haha, thanks jeff! it was a toss-up between BBQ spaghetti and BBQ nachos. the results of my investigative reporting suggested that BBQ nachos aren't AS unique to memphis as BBQ spaghetti. so, while both BBQ spaghetti and BBQ nachos are quintessentially unconventional BBQ foods in memphis, BBQ spaghetti seemed a little more memphis, and a little more ... barbecurious, if you will.
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