Dan E wrote:I have mixed feelings about this, but, ultimately, I really can't see anything wrong with it..
Dan, what follows feels like you see a least a little bit wrong with it.
Dan E wrote:He is indeed begging for money, as far as I understand the definition of the word "beg", but if people out there love Taco Punk and want it to stick around, I suppose it is in their best interest to help him out.
Wow, I just don't get this at all. So any time you ask someone for something it's begging? To me begging is someone asking you for something with no thought of returning anything to you. It's only for their benefit. In this case, you are being given the opportunity to participate in something that will return something to you. I'm not talking about a sticker or a free taco. If you want this place to remain in business so you can eat there then you should consider participating. If you don't care, then don't. But it isn't someone asking for something for nothing.
Dan E wrote: I don't know that opening one's self up to criticism is in fact brave or noble in this instance. I agree that a lot of people out there wouldn't do so, but that's because of pride. It is debatable whether pride is a good or bad thing, I suppose.
Most things are debatable but I didn't say it was noble. If a person is prideful then it is especially painful for them to ask for help. Doing something you find painful is often brave. I suspect it would be easiest for this person to just to give up. But he has employees, a family, and a dream. This is bigger than just him. Should he just give up on that?
Dan E wrote:I would be weary of contributing, basically because of what our dear friend J Dylan said, only less assholey. It does seem like a failed business venture, and I don't see how throwing money at expansion is going to help.
That said, I'd like to see it work out. I don't want any local restaurant or business or individual to fail. And I think it speaks positively of anyone who is willing to donate their money to something they deem to be a good cause.
I still haven't made it out to Taco Punk myself. I have heard mixed reviews, but do want to check it out, mainly just as an F-YOU to that one hack UofL "reviewer".
Unless JDylan actually is your dear friend, I would suggest that you are being assholey. You haven't been to the place to see if what's on offer is worth saving yet you feel justified in saying the owner is a begger and that his business is a failure already that doesn't justify trying the Kickstarter. What if this was a place you enjoyed, would you feel any differently? While you are certainly entitled to your opinion, I would suggest before you formulate an opinion, you go check it out for yourself.