In a strange move, The Elks Lodge in Massena, New York has decided to hold a spaghetti dinner of all things to raise funds for the teenager who severed his arm cleaning a pasta-making machine last week. According to the Watertown Daily Times, the social club is charging $10 a plate to raise money for Brett Bouchard's "medical bills and his family's travel expenses." Others have also been fundraising for the injured teen who remains in serious condition: the manager of Violi's, the restaurant at which he was injured, has set up a GoFundMe page and has raised over $5,000 while a YouCaring.com page set up by Bouchard's family has raised over $2,500. A federal investigation of the incident has been launched with the U.S Labor Department looking into whether or not a labor law had been violated. The Watertown Daily notes the "legal age for an employee to operate a pasta-making machine is 18" but did not clarify whether 17 year-old Bouchard who was cleaning the machine, "would be considered as operating it."
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