Remember, back in November, when Mario Batali provoked the ire of many a financial services employee when he said that “the ways the bankers have kind of toppled the way money is distributed and taken most of it into their hands is as good as Stalin or Hitler and the evil guys”? Kind of silly of to ask if you can jog your memory that far back, since if you’re one of the thousands that responded by vowing never to set foot in one of that bastard’s restaurants ever again (and made certain others wouldn’t as well, by noting in reviews that “fingernails” and “dog hair” were preferable to his food) you not only remember but think of that day, and stew over it, with every waking moment. And in the days and the weeks and the months since, you have waited for your moment to give him a taste of his own medicine, i.e. likening some of his questionable actions to those of genocidal maniacs. That moment has come.

Mario Batali, the celebrity TV chef and New York restaurant owner, is often seen with actress Gwyneth Paltrow, taste-testing the culinary delights of Spain in their public television series “On the Road Again.” Batali took a detour, through his lawyers, to New York federal court in Manhattan, where he was sued and accused of cheating workers of part of their tips, as well as failing to pay overtime and the minimum wage. He and his associate Joseph Bastianich agreed to pay $5.25 million to settle the class- action lawsuit, according to court papers. Servers at restaurants including Babbo and Del Posto sued in 2010 alleging their employers violated the Fair Labor Standards Act — in part by pocketing gratuities equal to as much as 5 percent of nightly wine sales. “Mr. Batali, Mr. Bastianich, and their restaurants unlawfully confiscated a portion of their workers’ hard-earned tips in order to supplement their own profits,” employees said in their complaint.

Batali got into hot water in November by saying bankers are “not heroes but they are people that had a really huge effect on the way the world is operating.” He apologized the next day, after financial industry executives criticized him and called for a boycott of his establishments.

Batali Agrees to $5.25M Server-Tip Suit Accord [Bloomberg]

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  1. Posted by M. Moore | March 8, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    What an unbelievable hypocrite!

  2. Posted by anon | March 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    fatso

  3. Posted by Guest | March 8, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    The giant fork say " I'm a big eater". The pony tail says "I still know how to party". The red gingham tablecloth cape says… um …I have no fucking idea what a red gingham tablecloth cape says.

  4. Posted by Abe_Froman_ | March 8, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    5.25M more reasons to be short Croc's

  5. Posted by Guest | March 8, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    That fat fucker is stealing, directly, from people who have a base salary below minimum wage, and he compares bankers to Hitler? I would say that he is as hypocritical as the dude that orders the double quarter pounder, super sized fries along with a diet coke, but I doubt that he would understand as diet is clearly not a word in his vocabulary.

  6. Posted by Tom | March 8, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    this practice is extremely common if not even considered normal in NYC in order to tip out sommelier, managers, etc. I'm not saying it's right, but it certainly is common. It's just Batali who got ass-pounded because he has a big empire and it pays to go after the big fish.

  7. Posted by Guest | March 9, 2012 at 6:30 AM

    If I unleash the D's at DB, are we cool?

    - M Batali

  8. Posted by Cut Me | March 9, 2012 at 6:57 AM

    Gingers have no soul

  9. Posted by VonSloneker | March 9, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    You pay waiters minimum wage…make them tip out to bartender, bar back, bus boys, and hostess stand. Then gank their asses for "Mario's 5%" of wine sales. Neither Stalin nor Hitler could have constructed a more efficient tip confiscation scheme…kudos.

    - Evil Bankers Everywhere

  10. Posted by in the 1% | March 9, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    So a dumb fat guy who says really stupid things gets caught stealing small change. Big deal.

    The only reason he made those bat shyte comments in the first place is to see if he could get anywhere with Gwenny – who is a certified wacko – not that his lardy @ss stood a chance, but good looking ladies do that to people…

  11. Posted by PermaGuestII | March 9, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Gingham = Victorian super-hero?

  12. Posted by Francis Buxton's Dad | March 9, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    The Buxtons are not thieves, Pee Wee.

  13. Posted by Guy with A.D.D. | March 9, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    This is the same guy that stole my bike and never returned it, thankfully I found it in the basement of the Alamo

    -Pee Wee Herman

  14. Posted by dumb | March 9, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    He would make one hot dyke

    -Ellen

  15. Posted by VonSloneker | March 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Aren't waitstaff unionized in NYC? If so, I'd expect a "fair regime" to be defined by this ruling and the union to push it statewide. That and wine prices just went up 5%…

  16. Posted by Bruce | March 9, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Get on Yelp people and post reviews about the lousy food, rats in the kitchen, all the things that suck about his places, etc

    You want to hit him where it counts this is how to do it. Don't do a 1 line review or it will get filtered out.

  17. Posted by Im_a_Dude | March 9, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    thanks, do you by any chance run the hot tog stand outside of babbo?

  18. Posted by TODD | March 9, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    I'M NOT IN THE FOOD INDUSTRIES, BUT I SEE THE MAJORITY OF THE COMMENTS ARE ABOUT BASHING THE EMPLOYER, IN THIS CASE I WOULD AGREE THAT THIS MAN IS DOING WELL WITH HIS BUSINESS AND SHOULD TREAT HIS EMPLOYEES BETTER, IF IN FACT THIS STOREY IS TRUE, THE NEWS LOVES TO SPIN THING OUT OF CONTEXT TO MAKE THE STOREY MORE APPEALING TO READERS, BUT HE MAY HAVE SETTLED OUT OF CORT BECAUSE IT WOULD COST MORE TO FIGHT IT THEN IT DID TO SETTLE, UNFORTUNATELY THE BETTER A BUSINESS IS DOING FINANCIALLY THE BIGGER TARGET YOU ARE FOR PEOPLE TO SUE, ITS THE WAY THE WORLD WORKS, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO POINT THIS FACT OUT, THERE ARE COMMENTS ON HERE SAYING THAT THE EMPLOYEES SHOULD GET 100% OF THE TIP, AND MAYBE THAT IS THE LAW,

  19. Posted by TODD | March 9, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    BUT ITS THE BUSINESS OWNERS THAT TAKE ALL THE RISKS THEY INVEST THERE MONEY, TIME AND LIFE, MOST 24/7, TO CREATE THIS PLACE WHERE THE EMPLOYEE CAN HAVE EN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK AND LEARN A TRADE AND GET TIPS. SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS EMPLOYEE 95% OF THIS COUNTRIES WORK FORCE YET THE VIEW IS (HEY HE DOING GOOD LET TAX HIM MORE AND LETS MAKE HIM BUY INSURANCE FOR THE EMPLOYEES ON TOP OF THE ALREADY STUPID AMOUNT OF TAXES HE ALREADY PAYING AND WORKERS COMP AND MASSIVE OVER HEAD THAT COMES WITH A BUSINESS) UNTIL THEY HEEP SO MUCH ON HIM THAT THE BUSINESS GOS UNDER AND NOW NOBODY HAS A JOB, ITS LIKE ITS ALL OR NOTHING. I'M NOT ON THE EMPLOYERS OR EMPLOYEES SIDE I'M JUST SAYING ITS A BALANCE, YOU CAN NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR EMPLOYEES, AS A EMPLOYER YOU SHOULD WANT THE TO DO WELL AND PAY THEM WELL, BUT LETS NOT FORGET THAT THE EMPLOYER IS GIVING YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN A TRADE AND GIVING YOU THE SKILLS AND IF YOU SAVE MONEY YOU CAN OPEN UP YOUR OWN BUSINESS.

  20. Posted by TODD | March 9, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    IMAGINE THIS… YOU WORK FOR 15 YEARS STARTING AT THE BOTTOM YOU WORK YOUR WAY UP AND SAVE YOUR MONEY AND FINALLY YOU START YOUR SMALL BUSINESS AND HIRE YOUR FIRST EMPLOYEE AND YOU BOTH WAIT TABLES AND SERVE CUSTOMERS AND YOU KEEP SOME OF THE TIPS AND YOU GET SUEDE BY SOME KID YOU JUST HIRED THAT DOESN'T KNOW ANYTHING AND HASN'T WORKED HARD IN HIS LIFE BUT HE HAS A SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT AND YOU CAN ETHER GO BANKRUPTED TRYING TO FIGHT IT IN CORT OR GIVE HIM A BIG PIECE OF WHAT YOU WORKED FOR AND SAVED FOR THE LAST 15 YEARS. THIS IS WHAT GOS ON ALL THE TIME AND IF WE KEEP DUMPING IT ALL ON THE EMPLOYERS SOON THERE WILL BE NO INCENTIVE FOR PEOPLE TO WORK HARD TO BETTER THERE LIFE, AND WHEN THIS HAPPENS AND THE MAJORITY GOS ON FOOD STAMPS WHO'S GOING TO BE OUT THERE EARNING MONEY SO WE CAN PAY TAXES ON IT SO THE GOVERNMENT CAN HAND OUT FOOD STAMPS? NO ONE. THAT'S WHEN THE GRAVY TRAIN STOPS.

  21. Posted by Guest_of_Honor | March 9, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Someone's angry Ron Paul isn't doing better in the primary.

  22. Posted by Guest | March 9, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Dude…..WTF?!?!? On the bright side, you can be proud that you have mastered "Caps Lock."

  23. Posted by Guest | March 12, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Good Christ sir. How does someone who has failed thus far in life to learn the spelling of "goes" successfully log onto the internet? Congrats on remembering to breathe, clown.

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