Chef Mario Batali is joining in on the Occupy Wall Street movement…at least in spirit.
Despite being a member of the 1% and currently fighting off a lawsuit for illegally underpaying his workforce, Mario agrees with the 99% that feel the big bankers are ruining this country.
While speaking at a Time magazine Person of the Year panel, the celebrity chef went as far as to compare bankers to Adolf Hitler, saying:
"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…[T]heir evil has had a huge effect on the world."
Batali's comments were publicized by a writer for Forbes and have the financial industry boycotting his restaurants as a result.
Sources say one financial institution "has sent a memo to employees that it will not honor receipts from BABBO or a Batali establishment", while another group has "canceled all of their reservations for the remainder of the year."
We're sure Mario can afford to lose their business and bet a lot of people are happy that a member of the elite 1% supports Wall Street reform. However, if the labor lawsuit contending his employees aren't even paid minimum wage is true, we suggest he puts his money where his mouth is and starts taking care of his own workforce!
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