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Mr. Chow Accused of Soup Nazi Antics

5/8/2007 2:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mr. ChowThe man behind the ultra-swanky restaurant chain, Mr. Chow, is under fire from three former waiters who claim the mogul slapped, kicked and often abused them in the kitchen. Chew on that!

According to the lawsuit filed in a New York federal court and obtained by TMZ, the former employees accuse Michael Chow of running his Manhattan place like "a conductor with an iron baton" and causing his workers to "suffer many day-to-day indignities." Among those alleged indignities, the ex-chow-slingers claim that Chow would "tap or lightly slap" a waiter on the back of the head to get his attention and once "scribbled with pen" on the employees' $350 uniforms, which they were forced to purchase with their own cash.

Chow is also accused of deducting waiters' tips for not listening to him attentively, and for speaking out of turn.

The men, who are also suing on behalf of other current and former employees who wish to join the lawsuit, are asking for unpaid minimum wages, unpaid overtime and no less than $5 million in punitive damages in compensation for the alleged abuse. They've already picked up expert employment attorney Louis Pechman to fight their battle in court.

Numerous stars frequent Chow's places, including Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Sharon Stone and anyone else who ever wanted to be on TMZ.com.

Reps for Mr. Chow were not immediately available for comment.

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Tired and Ready for A Nap    

You know, rich people sometimes have this sense of entitlement that they think allows them to behave in non-accountable ways. Who else have I been reading about lately who also thinks they can do what they want and to hell with the little people? Hummmm, what's her name???

2641 days ago
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Whatareyoudoing?    

Mr. Chow must be a piece of s##t!. Note to famous people: If employees are this unhappy, they may take it out on your food. Find another "IN" spot with a quickness.

2641 days ago
3.

ivy    


Missa Chow: You blad bloss. You no hit employlees!

2641 days ago
4.

JESSICA    

HEY EVERYONE ON JUNE 5 2007, WE CAN ALL RELAX AND NOT HEAR A THING FROM PARASITE HILTON, SO LETS ALL THROW A HATER PARTY AND CALL IT

"SKANKY PARIS FINALLY GOT WHAT SHE DESERVES, 45 DAYS IN JAIL" WE CAN HOLD THIS PARTY UNTIL SOME JUDGE FREES THE BITCH! SHE SHOULD HAVE WENT TO JAIL, WHEN SHE TRIED TO SING AND RELEASE THAT DAMN AWFUL HOOKER CALLING CD.

2641 days ago
5.

Howard K. Stern    

Wanna bet, she won't serve a day in jail? She will get away with it just like eveything else. Poor, poor, rich girl.

2641 days ago
6.

SlappDaddy    

Hey Mista Chow, this might be the way it works in China, but not in this country buddy, I'd bust you right in the mouth if you pulled that crap with me!!!

2641 days ago
7.

Terry    

Snap open cookie ()....................

When ever you have un happy workers
(in a place that serves food) there is bound to be a little extra something on your plate.

2641 days ago
8.

Dave    

I ate there about 2 weeks ago, he needs to kick and slap them a little harder. It was bad, I hope it wasn't like #5 said and they messed with our food.

2641 days ago
9.

studly    

this how they are though people ,chinese people are not nice,they have a very cold mean type of personality and tight as a nits ass so this story doesn't surprise me

2641 days ago
10.

Claire Collins    

This treatment is no different than how millions of other people are treated who have to work for a living. If you work for a paycheck, whether you are a nurse, an admin, a sales person or even management; people abuse you. It has gotten progressively worse during the last 20 years...the workplace used to be a place of challenge and shared experience. These days it is grim. It is grim and it is hard. Careers that you think are glamourous are horrible to work in. This is why people will do anything for money and power.

And I do mean anything.

2641 days ago
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You are all racists sissies    

Man, TMZ is loaded with a bunch of racist bitches ain't it?
#4 Antoine -- Is that your interpretation of how Asians talk or is it just you mumbling around a mouthful of c*#k?
#8 Slap Daddy -- You'd slap him huh? About time you do some of the hitting -- usually you're the one who gets hit...when your dad donkey punches you.
#11 Studly -- Yeah, with your gap-toothed brilliance and horrible, ravaged complexion, you're qualified to judge an entire race of people. How about you just hang yourself? Not a single person alive would miss you.

2641 days ago
12.

Sean Bresnahan    

Oh, Antoine, you stole my thunder. I was going to use the classic Charlie Chan stereotypical parlance in MY comment!

2640 days ago
13.

He's Boring now    

I hope this immigrant slave driver gets hammered in court and with the bad publicity he deserves. If he's been mistreating people, than his place should be blacklisted by all those hollyweird bleeding liberal love everybody animal loving global warming phonies. If they continue to "be seen" there than they are making a direct contribution to the mistreatment of human beings.

Shame on him and shame on them.

he sounds like a Phil Spector type, getting all drunk with power over the "little people" and than abusing it to a level no one would ever tolerate.

Make him pay, with money and reputation

2640 days ago
14.

HitemUp    

Hey Missa Chow Head, you no do that here in the US. This no China you cwazy, fat-headed sorry ekcuse for a bizzness man...

2640 days ago
15.

POOPER SCOOPER    

I wonder when the other hidden secret of Mr. Chow's restaurant will be revealed. He secretly serves dog and cat meat on the menu?

2640 days ago
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