No shoes, no shirt, no service. No, seriously.


One of the most famous episodes of television’s “Seinfeld” show featured an authoritarian owner of a popular New York City eatery who is known by his infamous moniker, the “Soup Nazi.”

The mustachioed man has his own set of draconian rules that, if broken, can cost customers their soup, as the character George Costanza discovers when an order of turkey chili is snatched from his hands after meekly requesting bread.

Funny as the spoof is, the question remains: Was the Soup Nazi acting within the law?

The answer — unfortunately for patrons of restaurants, hotels and bars who roll their eyes at rules like “no shirt, no shoes, no service” — is a resounding yes.

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