Wednesday, 8 August 2007

Are you suing me? I guess you're suing me...

you got my coffee, boy?
I got your tips (allegedly)

Two former employees of the Nobu restaurant chain, Alisa Agofonova and Aaron Pou, are suing the upscale chain, which is part owned by Bobby "You talking to me?" De Niro, for offences such as pilfering their tips. Nobu has 15 restaurants around the world all located in glamorous locations from Honolulu to Hong Kong. There are no plans to open in Lisburn just yet. De Niro is part owner of the New York restaurants, the ones getting sued.

It's the same old same old. The restaurant chain's management is accused of forcing staff to share tips with them and of not paying overtime. This comes on the back of a similar story at the Mr Chow restaurant chain. And then there was the Hippidy Hopper, Jay-Z, who was up to the same craic at his Manhattan club.

De Niro probably has very little to do with the operation of the restaurants and is not named on the writ. But imagine if Mr De Niro was running your Monday night shift [wavy dream lines]

"Yo you fucking mook"

Me?

"Yeah you you fucking mook. Is that were we put the starter cutlery?"

Eh, no Bob, sorry.

"Bob? What the fuck you just call me? You call me Bob?"

Sorry Mr De Niro sir, sorry.

"Sorry I'll give you fucking sorry you fucking mook" Bob says this whilst thrown notes from his wallet at me.

"Get d'fuck out....call me Bob... you fucking mook"

Or something like that...

But what is it with these people. They have more money than they will ever need but they still think it's more than cool to rob their employees. And what gets on my tits the most is that these restaurants are just play things for them, tax dodges and so on. Actors/celebrities shouldn't be involved in restaurants. It's not like waiters ever want to be actors......


Bob have a word, give them their money back eh.

25 People trying to get Manuel's attention:

sheepworrier said...

'All the animals come out at night - whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, junkies, sick, venal - and you gotta serve them all, ya mook'

EmmaK said...

It's not like waiters ever want to be actors......
very droll manuel. And I think you'll find the correct term is 'wactress.'

Medbh said...

Taking tips is mean and low down. For shame, Bobbie.
Has he done anything remotely interesting since "Goodfellas"?
I think not.

Anonymous Boxer said...

Just because they have money doesn't mean they have integrity.

Any post that uses the term "fucking mook" more than three times (you're up to four here, plus some random F Bombs)is my Hero.

gimme a minute said...

Wasn't 'Mary Shelley's Frankenstein' after Goodfellas?

That was 'interesting'. If unrelated to tipping and such..

Deborah said...

The husband used to work in a well known establishment where tip pooling was required. They were then split evenly between the bar and waitstaff and the OWNERS?! WTF? Why do the owners need tips? Give me a fucking break. Love the pic Manuel!

OneForTheRoad said...

Rocky & Bulwinkle was interesting too...

Medbh said...

Gimme, I've seen just about every Frankenstein interpretation except for that one. I took this intro to grad studies course in the M.A. program and we studied that novel and everything about it all semester. For some reason I thought I would cringe.
No?

Manuel said...

Sheepworrier: "Someday a real waiter will come and wash all this scum off the streets"

Emmak: Wactress eh, no thanks, I'd rather be called a c...

In fact I am regularly...

Medbh: Tip stealing is poor, Analyse This/That was even poorer...

Anonymous Boxer: Mook was huge in our circle back in the late 90's. Quality word...

Gimme: Mmmmmmmm so was Analyse This...

Deborah: Ta ta. nOTHING BUT PURE GREED, THEY CANT STAND TO SEE OTHER PEOPLE GETTING SOME OF THE GOOS TUFF. Fuck I hate it when I leave the cap lock on. Grrrrrr

One for the road: nO, NO IT WASN'T...

Done it again...

Manuel said...

Medbh: Have you ever heard Mark Steels BBC lecture on Mary Shelley? Brilliant stuff....

gimme a minute said...

Branagh's movie is worth watching for the moment when Richard Briers as the blind man invites the monster into the cottage and De Niro turns around in precisely the same manner as he did in 'Taxi Driver' and all but says 'You talkin' to me?' Really it's like an homage.

Also there's naked men wrestling.

Time to start covering all those research bases, Medbh.

gimme a minute said...
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Manuel said...

Stuttering bastard... hehehehe

Manuel said...

K, now you're making me look bad...

Old Knudsen said...

Ok enough of this, you get paid right? then why should you get tips? If I was the management I'd be taking tips and forcing workers to have sex with me for more hours, if they don't like it then they'll be sleeping with the well done fish fillets.

Pronounced (fill---lets not fill---lay)

you're going to spit on my food aren't you?

Conortje said...

Here's hoping they win their case against those nasty management thieves.

paddy said...

Please please Robin Hood come back to us, if ever we needed him now.
OK, so he was fictional, well, it's about time he became real- a part in all of us. Rob Bob.
Y;-) Paddy

sheepworrier said...

Casino was after Goodfellas - pure quality show.

I used to work in a restaurant where the chef got a share of the tips. Altho I disagreed with it, I could see the principle - he makes the luverly food, we provide the luverly service - but the management gettin in on the tips is just 1 dildo up the bum too many.

Manuel said...

Old K: You're gonna get a beating

Conortje: Another group of US waiters were awarded $1m yesterday for the same offences. Nice....

Paddy: "Rob Bob" have I seen that?

Sheepworrier: NO! Chefs get paid the big bucks,so there'll be no extra for them. KP's and bar staff, no one else get a share. Saying that I did bob £20 to the supervisor last night as I got slapped something hard and needed a hand...

sheepworrier said...

The whole tip sharing thing is a bit too communist for me anyways.

I once got sacked from a restaurant for allegedly dippin into the tip jar. It obviously had nothing to do with me workin for a rival restaurant cause they wuldnt give me enough shifts. Slanderous bastards.
I was only a young'un at the time so didnt know about employment laws and unfair dismissal etc, but the place is closed down now anyway - the head chef who sacked me was done for fraud. Hows that for poetic justice, you c**t!

The Mood Food Blog said...

SHARING THE TIPS MY ARSE! I used to be a waiter at an champagne and oyster bar in Dublin and we had to share tips with the kitchen staff, which i could compare to russian communism! I didn't whore my smile and charm to share the earnings with others!

Thanks for the asian cookbook tips btw!

National Disgrace said...

I mean, you could sooo easily of called this post "Robert De Niros 'waiting'"..

It would be been hilarious

fatmammycat said...

And I see Marco Pierre White is suing old scar face Ramsey for robbing the registration book and then boasting about it, the stupid clown.

Manuel said...

Sheepworrier: That's a very low thing to do. Rotten bastards. We pull tips in my restaurant, but just between the waiters and the KP's. It works well for us comrade.

MoodyFoody: I like to share my tips with HMV, the butchers, and the iPhone saving jar...

National Disgrace: talking Italian no doubt. First time here eh? Welcome

FMC: It's all just PR. Them two are old buddies. MPW does make some great kitchenware though...

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