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Mario Batali Forced to Fork Over $5.25M to Waiters in Tip Dispute (Michlle Obama buddy)
http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/mario-batali-waiter-lawsuit-20120307-ncx ^

Posted on 03/09/2012 5:55:21 AM PST by kcvl

NEW YORK - Celebrity chef Mario Batali dished out $5.25 million to settle his long-simmering battle with workers at his New York eateries, according to court documents made public Wednesday.

(Excerpt) Read more at myfoxny.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: mariobatali

1 posted on 03/09/2012 5:55:24 AM PST by kcvl
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The class-action federal lawsuit was originally filed in July 2010 in Manhattan, accusing Batali and his business partner Joe Bastianich of tip skimming.


2 posted on 03/09/2012 5:56:08 AM PST by kcvl
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To: kcvl

I’ve never liked that guy.


3 posted on 03/09/2012 5:58:16 AM PST by HIDEK6
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To: kcvl

Lidia involved?


4 posted on 03/09/2012 5:59:06 AM PST by steve8714 (Thank you, Andrew. I miss you already.)
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To: kcvl

Large tips from those Goldman types.


5 posted on 03/09/2012 6:00:30 AM PST by steve8714 (Thank you, Andrew. I miss you already.)
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To: kcvl

Orange shoes

6 posted on 03/09/2012 6:02:29 AM PST by kcvl
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To: kcvl

Ow! My eyes! My eyes!


7 posted on 03/09/2012 6:03:54 AM PST by oncebitten (Obama: "A Big Ole’ Hunk of Nothing on Two Thick Slices of Nada.”)
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To: kcvl

8 posted on 03/09/2012 6:04:42 AM PST by maggief
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To: steve8714

I would imagine she is involved since they are partners.


9 posted on 03/09/2012 6:05:40 AM PST by kcvl
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To: kcvl
Orange shoes

Worse than that...orange plastic clogs!

10 posted on 03/09/2012 6:06:20 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: steve8714

Lidia is his business partner’s mother, I believe.


11 posted on 03/09/2012 6:07:30 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: kcvl

Geez... I feel like I’m living in Bizarro World. A F-ing four year nightmare.


12 posted on 03/09/2012 6:08:18 AM PST by ILS21R (Never give up.)
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To: kcvl
I've met Mario several times and he has always been friendly and cordial, not arrogant.

That said, many years ago I trailed at Babbo about a week after it opened and before the splashy reviews that filled the place with customers. The service and management were absolutely awful. Diners waited over an hour for their entrees. Floor management and coordination with the kitchen were nonexistent. I declined an offer of employment.

Mario is a very good chef, but likely left the business end to Joe Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich's son. They have expanded and merged their restaurant empire and it wouldn't surprise me if their management and record-keeping were a disaster.

This is not a defense of Mario as he should have known what was happening with his business. But, it's likely that he was busy being the star and had no idea what was going on behind the scenes.

13 posted on 03/09/2012 6:10:06 AM PST by Dr. Thorne (Fall on your knees before Christ, your only salvation!)
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To: kcvl

5.25 Million!, that’s something Mario can “Chew” on


14 posted on 03/09/2012 6:11:14 AM PST by DAC21
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15 posted on 03/09/2012 6:13:10 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: kcvl
To those of us in the geezer years Big Mo's outfit triggers Ho Jo memories of road trips and pit stops.

For the young 'uns that's Howard Johnson's restaurants, not some Holland Tunnel tranny slut.


16 posted on 03/09/2012 6:13:46 AM PST by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: ILS21R

Those are my exact thought—almost daily!


17 posted on 03/09/2012 6:14:13 AM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: kcvl

Yeah, but the best legs of the three.


18 posted on 03/09/2012 6:15:51 AM PST by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: kcvl

Isn’t Batali on this year’s “Haney Project”?

He looks heavier now than when he was traipsing around Spain with some boozer actress.


19 posted on 03/09/2012 6:18:40 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Dr. Thorne
“Joe Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich’s son” I guess those Chefs stick together. Me and the Misses watch Lidia's Italian Kitchen from time to time, funny thing is she isn't even Italian, she is a Croatian. I guess her family moved to Italy when she was young due to some kind of oppression.
20 posted on 03/09/2012 6:19:07 AM PST by DAC21
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To: Dr. Thorne

He’s an excellent chef.


21 posted on 03/09/2012 6:21:56 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: maggief

Great job on the ‘veryclose’ veins, Maggie......heh


22 posted on 03/09/2012 6:31:40 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Carterize Obama in November)
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To: Covenantor

By the looks of that photo, Michelle’s @ss is wider than Mario’s girth.


23 posted on 03/09/2012 6:43:35 AM PST by poobear
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To: kcvl

Another sewer friend of the mac daddies.


24 posted on 03/09/2012 6:44:46 AM PST by chiefqc
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To: kcvl

Is he wearing any pants???


25 posted on 03/09/2012 7:12:29 AM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: KosmicKitty
I haven't seen him in pants very often.

His 'signature look'...

He obviously likes those orange $60 cheap looking Crocs.

26 posted on 03/09/2012 7:34:35 AM PST by kcvl
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To: Covenantor

What a freakazoid body she has! From the soles of her feet, up to her waist, it’s the body of an eight and a half foot tall Amazon. From the waist up, it’s the body of a munchkin. Topped by a giant gourd, and with arms out of all proportion! Freakazoid!


27 posted on 03/09/2012 7:39:17 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: kcvl

Looks like all three got dressed in a closet with no lights.


28 posted on 03/09/2012 7:47:37 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: kcvl
The Great Pumpkin


29 posted on 03/09/2012 7:53:22 AM PST by McBuff
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