I thought the same thing. Although, I've always maintained that if you are going to stop people with records from participating in the economy (getting a job), you might as well have a life sentence for every crime.
I had mixed feelings about the Tamale people. Sometimes the dream doesn't wind up the way you thought it would. Sometimes you end up selling tamales at the fair and not in your own store. They are five years older than I am. Resaurant work is not easy. I would not want to be starting out at that level at 65 (and I think the husband was older?). I don't think anyone mentioned the capital required during the show, but it makes sense - a year's rent is one thing, about a license, upfront costs, labor, etc.? I hope FN is not setting up a bunch of people for bankruptcy. Also, the man didn't seem to get the idea of selling those darned tamales, not just giving them away. No expression or excitement from him, just a lot of emotion. I don't know. I wish them well and I wish them the strength to see the dream through for a few years at least.
I missed the part about the publicity event the tamale people had. Why did Tyler say it was a wasted effort? Don't you often invite some movers and shakers to an event in the expectation that they will get the word out to more people? Did they invite the wrong type of guest? This what I get for flipping to Hoarder repeats for a minute.
The tamale team had a specific event they set up through the state Department of Tourism somehow, but only 25 people were invited/otherwise showed up. The po' boy team, on the other hand, passed out samples & spread the word outside a concert or another public event of some type, with a larger audience guaranteed.