WEB EXTRA: Local 24 News’ Mike Matthews Looks At Life “On The Taco Side”

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Mike Matthews

It is amazing what power a single taco has.

It can bring people together from all walks of life.

Black, white, rich, poor – a taco doesn’t care.

It sits waiting to be consumed.

Politicians will consume them, because everything tastes better when it’s free.

If there is one thing that angers many members of the Memphis City Council, it is criticism about their free lunches.

Yes, they were given free food in order that they show up to look at a model of Tom Lee Park.

But they eat free once every two weeks.

Some paid for their meals. 

Current Mayor, and former Council member, Jim Strickland paid for his lunch.

So did former members Shea Flinn and Bill Boyd.

The majority of them, however, do not.

The argument for free lunch is always the same.

One former council member told me that they work so hard on Tuesday, how they can’t leave the building, so they have to eat in the offices.

Food also goes to council staff members, who really DO work hard all the time.

It’s only twice a month, I was told, and besides, we don’t get paid much.

Council members get paid about $29,000 a year for a part-time job.

How many of you work at a place where you get a free lunch twice a month?

It doesn’t happen.

It shouldn’t happen.

It does happen.

Taxpayer money is used to buy the food, and I have always wondered what would happen if a taxpayer came to the meetings and said they wanted lunch.

After all, taxpayers paid for it.

I don’t think that’s going to happen, however.

Chew on that for a while.

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