Listen: Restaurant serves American comfort food and 'barbecue diplomacy' in Mexico City
"It's August, which means young people across the country are getting ready to go to college. Maybe take some classes. Join a club may be a fraternity happened to be that was not an accident. What happened to Tim Piazza was an inevitability but in Pennsylvania, several current and former students are facing charges in the hazing death of nineteen year old pledge, Tim Piazza at Penn State. Last spring, falling headfirst down the stairs of the beta Theta pi fraternity house during alleged alcohol, fueled hazing, ritual people waited twelve hours before calling. Nine one one prosecutors say that fraternity brothers waited to get beyond the help in an attempt to cover up their drinking and coordinate a story twenty-six. People were accused only one has pleaded guilty. That was twenty one year old, Ryan Burke. He admitted to four counts of hazing, five counts involving alcohol. And yesterday a judge decided Burke deserved, no jail time. ABC's GIO. Benitez has been covering this case. He's here with me. Now geo your team talked to the parents of the victim. How are they taking this? Well, right now the father says, he's numb. I think it's really the first step in in in getting Justice for the killing over son, and he sort of trying to process everything the mother saying, you know what? That she really feels that this could be a deterrent to other people. That's really what it needs to be. Future fraternity members, organization members, they, they need to know that there will be consequences if you haze serious consequences. She really thinks that even though there's no jail time involved here, you're talking about a kid who has to spend three months under house. Arrest has to pay three thousand dollars in fines has to spend twenty seven months on probation, a hundred hours community service and no doubt this is going to be on his record. And so does it send a message though? Because I mean, a kid is dead because of hazing that's not in dispute, right that that's a fact and yet no jail time. Like what was the decision for the judge here will in this case we're talking about a misdemeanor. That's what hazing is a misdemeanor in this case. And that's why the judge decided not to sentence him to any jail time, but the prosecutors were looking because someone died because Tim Piazza is not on this earth anymore. They wanted to get him for ninety days in jail. And this is not the only person being prosecuted for this. There are dozens of people allegedly involved in this incident. So this sentence, what does it mean for these other students? Yes. So we have now twenty five other former frat members who are also accused in this and now some legal experts. Wonder if these other young men will plead guilty to because they see, wait a minute. We're not gonna get any jail time, and this does set precedent. And all this happening is freshman get ready for their first day of college and their first day of pledge week. Thank you. Thank you. And one last thing too many Texans Mexican food is comfort food. You grow up with it, the eat it all the time. It's part of the culture will in Mexico City. There's a restaurant serving comfort food to people who feel American. The food is barbecue, and some of those people were deported I knew since I got here that there was no barbecue in Mexico City. That's Dan to foster on the corner of pinch Gringo barbecue. He's originally from the US but walk around his restaurant and you'll meet guys like who go Hernandez. When I got the port, the I came back from Mexico City and the I was looking for a for a place to work Hernandez, came to the US illegally and lived here for about a decade. A one night. He was arrested for DUI and was sent back to Mexico. I was lust. I had no hopes that nothing to to hold onto, and he didn't know one thing he knew barbecue food Pernet is is now the kitchen manager and slowly Fosse found out a lot of his best staffers were deportees. They understand more what we do. And they have a home that they feel familiar and a month and a half ago. He says he interviewed a guy who'd been in the US thirty years with the family and got sent to Mexico after running a red light. When I was hearing this story, I got emotional. I started crying and he says, in a time of tension between the countries what we've done in the last four and a half years is position ourselves as the Cultural Representative for the United States here in the city, but is brisket isn't just barbecue diplomacy for growing group in Mexico. It's a slice of home. Paul. Now I'm hungry, not cool guys. Hey, remember if you're listening and you're liking this, leave us a rating and review on apple podcast. 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