Yesterday the story of what the legal fees were for the Billy T’s lunch that some of our City Council members took part in. They decided to use taxpayers’ money for their defense and didn’t go with Saul Goodman. Nope, used a high priced Toronto law firm from Bay Street.
The total cost……..$97,148.31.
Here’s the full story from our brother station AM980 ==> HERE
That’s a lot of money that we really could have used to buy us a meal or something better. Let’s break it down shall we. Here we go…
Let’s have them buy us a meal, let’s say lunch is on them:
Get one McDonald’s Big Mac Meal = $7. So that means that they could have bought 13, 878 Londeners lunch.
Let’s keep going…..
Footlong Cold Cut Combo sub from Subway = $5.25. 18,504 lunches.
Large walk in special pepperoni pizza from Pizza Pizza = $7.99. (We’ll say two people can split a pizza) 24,317 lunches.
A regular Smokes Traditional Poutine = $5.99. 16,218 lunches.
A Mediterranean Turkey Wrap & side salad at Crabby Joes = $9.99. 9,825 lunches.
I think you get the point.
We could have had another great use for all that money. How about luxury items, cars or even a condo? Here’s how they price out.
A 28 bottle case of Budweiser beer brewed right here in London, Ontario. $38.95 per case. It works out to 2,494 cases of beer. Wouldn’t you like a case of beer from City Council? I sure would.
A 2014 Honda Civic touring edition. The price tag on that (including tax) is $30,363. So they could have given away 3 brand new cars and thrown in $2000 to each winner in gas.
A 2014 Harley Davidson Fat Bob. Price tag = 19,069 (tax not included). So 5 lucky Londoners could have walked away with a brand new motorcycle.
How about a new place to live? Right now in Pond Mills a one bedroom condo is listed at $95,000. It would make a good home for someone or an excellent rental property.
All of those would have been great options. I do think that this last one is the best though. The Memorial Cup is coming. Our very own London Knights will be playing. So why not throw a big party to celebrate them and the event. Oh, the tab picked up by City Counsel of course. (Yes, I’m not including insurance and other costs with holding an event. But it’s not like we get to do any of this with this money. So let’s just think of the fun stuff).
Kegs of Molson Canadian (The official beer sponsor of the Memorial Cup). A 58.7 L keg (7 & 1/2 cases of beer) + $15 tap fee (take off the deposits for both as we’d be responsible and return them for sure) is 299.95 + $15 = $314.99.
According to The Beer Store roughly 70 people per keg. So let’s get a bunch. Say 250 kegs of beer = $78,747.50.
We’ll need to feed people as they watch the game too. So how about hot dogs? A beer & a hot dog sounds pretty good to watch a hockey game. So we’ll use the left over $18,400.50 for hot dogs.
Package of Costco Kirkland Signature Beer wieners (36 in a package) $11.75. So let’s buy 1000 packages. $11,750. We’ll need buns. So 450 bags of buns at $4 a bag = 1,800. Grand total of $13,550. Subtract that from our $18,400.50 equals $4850.50 left over.
Let’s pay some people that need the money to work for four hours to serve beer, cook & serve hot dogs and general clean up. Minimum wage is $10.25. So let’s pay them that and then they can share tips (because you’re good people who would tip well after getting free beer & hot dogs).
So 473 hours of labour. So we could hire 118 people for those 4 hours.
So let’s break it all down.
250 kegs will serve (with an average of three beers per person) 5,800 people.
3600 hot dogs and buns to feed 3600 people. (So yes not everyone gets a hot dog, but not everyone eats hot dogs)
Sure sounds like a lot of fun to watch a Knights game to me. But it’s too bad that none of this will happen because it was more important to have a secret meeting and then use high priced lawyers to defend it. The saddest part is that they knew it was wrong to start with.