This according to Oregon Live. Let’s look at the sequence of events:
1. Hurley is a firefighter. In 1993, he hurts his back, and gets full disability from the city.
2. Hurley’s gets an education at French Culinary Institute in New York, which is paid for by the city, to start him on a new career.
3. Hurley opens his own eponymous restaurant in Portland, all while continuing to claim disability payments of almost $4,000 a month.
4. Voters approve reform measure to eliminate disability payments for people who are successfully working. Hurley looses his, but he’s making good money anyway.
5. in 2007, Hurley closes his restaurant and heads to Coupage in Seattle, while making snarky comments about how unsophisticated Portland is, and how much more he will be appreciated in Seattle.
6. Things don’t go well at Coupage; most of the staff leaves when he arrives. It closes in August 2007. I guess Seattle wasn’t sophisticated enough for him.
7. Mr. Hurley moves to Triangle Lounge, also in Seattle. In October of 2008, they “parted ways”. Reports around the blogosphere say that he was impossible to work with.
8. According to the O, Hurley has moved to the bay area, but is now suing the city to restart his disability claim because
he can’t hold a job since no one will work with him of his pain and suffering.
Read the Oregon Live article for lots more details, and then come back here and comment. The whole thing will make your blood boil. I’d love to hear your comments.