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Mark Spivak

Quench! – Who Gets the Tip?

Foodies often debate about which restaurant personnel to tip, and how much. Should you tip the sommelier? Should you tip on the cost of a bottle of wine? However, the real question—and a far more compelling one—is the issue of who is actually pocketing that money. Is your tip going to the person you intend to reward, or is it being skimmed off the top by a greedy member of management, or an even greedier owner who is using it to pay the salary of a dishwasher? Mark interviews Maimon Kirschenbaum, the 34 year-old attorney who has become the most feared man in the New York restaurant community. Kirschenbaum has brought a series of successful class-action lawsuits against Manhattan’s top restaurants, and reportedly won over $40 million in settlements for his clients. On Bizarre Beverage News, Mark investigates the strange tale of Grand Theft Vodka—how a gang of thieves broke into a Miami customs warehouse in the middle of the night and made off with $1.1 million worth of vodka.


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