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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday June 14, @05:44PM   Printer-friendly
from the no-soup-for-you dept.

The company that licensed the name, likeness, and recipes of the man who inspired the infamous "Soup Nazi" character is filing for bankruptcy:

Soupman Inc (SOUP.PK), the company that licensed the name and recipes of the chef who inspired the tyrannical "Soup Nazi" character on the television comedy "Seinfeld," filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

[...] Based in Staten Island, New York, Soupman sells products under the Original SoupMan brand. Soupman traces its roots to 1984, when Al Yeganeh opened his soup shop on West 55th Street in Midtown Manhattan and soon began drawing long lines of customers.

Yeganeh was the inspiration for Yev Kassem, a character first portrayed by Larry Thomas in a 1995 "Seinfeld" episode who was known for making customers follow strict rules to order or risk being turned away with his forceful cry: "No soup for you!"

A Soupman executive recently landed in hot water:

Federal prosecutors have accused Robert Bertrand, Soupman's chief financial officer, of avoiding hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax payments — including Social Security, Medicare and federal income — by paying employees off the books. [...] On Tuesday, the one accused of breaking rules was Mr. Bertrand, 62. Mr. Yeganeh was not named as a defendant.

According to the indictment, Mr. Bertrand made payments to Soupman employees in cash and stock assets, and did not report them properly, even after he acknowledged the objections of an external accountant. The off-the-books payments totaled $2.85 million, costing the United States about $594,000 in lost taxes from 2010 to 2014, prosecutors said.

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  • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Wednesday June 14, @07:01PM

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Wednesday June 14, @07:01PM (#525603)

    NO SOUP FOR JOO!

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 14, @10:24PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 14, @10:24PM (#525697)

    ...costing the United States about $594,000 in lost taxes from 2010 to 2014, prosecutors said.

    Tr^H^Hchump change...

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by edIII on Wednesday June 14, @11:30PM (2 children)

      by edIII (791) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday June 14, @11:30PM (#525723)

      Is it? Until I see tax returns and some proof, Trump is just as likely to be worth a couple hundred million. Most of what he has is debt to others, and partial ownership of other projects run by competent people. He's really good at going bankrupt, lying, and misrepresenting his wealth.

      I think that's why he can't release his taxes. Orange Anus is just a megalomaniac that he can't have it out there that he is less successful than he says he is.

      • (Score: 2) by AthanasiusKircher on Thursday June 15, @01:57AM (1 child)

        by AthanasiusKircher (5291) Subscriber Badge on Thursday June 15, @01:57AM (#525816) Journal

        Yeah, it's telling that a decade or so ago Trump sued the NYT for libel after they published a story with people close to him claiming his net worth was only a few hundred million. But, IIRC the lawsuit was dismissed partly because Trump refused to produce records actually showing his true net worth.

        • (Score: 3, Interesting) by edIII on Thursday June 15, @02:17AM

          by edIII (791) Subscriber Badge on Thursday June 15, @02:17AM (#525823)

          Normally, I would side with Trump about him keeping his wealth private. However, not when he wants to be my President.

          The most damning part of it all, is that he strongly supports the accusation that he must hide how much he is worth due to megalomania. To this day he can't admit that his inauguration crowd size was smaller than Obama's. It still is one of the most insane examples of incredibly irrational behavior clearly driven by massive insecurities. There is a story about his celebrity roast and that his only objection was taunts about his wealth. Everything else was fine, but you couldn't attack the immensity of his wealth.

          That's another reason why I don't think he would ever disclose his real wealth. His fragile ego couldn't take the hit. Of course, I don't give a fuck about his ego. I need to know he isn't being operated like a puppet from Moscow.

  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Thursday June 15, @12:31AM (1 child)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday June 15, @12:31AM (#525774) Journal

    Al Capone's story is enlightening. The man got away with all kinds of illegal activities, for which he was never convicted. But, he was convicted of tax evasion. Don't mess with the IRS or any other agency's money. When it comes to taxes, the government has super-judicial powers, and extra-judicial authority.

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    This broadcast is intended for mature audiences.
    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 15, @06:40PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 15, @06:40PM (#526131)

      When it comes to taxes, the government has super-judicial powers, and extra-judicial authority.

      False. Not true. Wrong.

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