Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Washington Mayor Rebuked For ‘Seinfeld’ Soup Nazi Joke

John Knutsen called one of his staffers a “sign Nazi”

By: Sarah Bauder

Published: July 18th, 2014 in Culture » Society » News

Puyallup, Washington’s Mayor John Knutsen found himself in hot water earlier this week after calling one of his staffers a “sign Nazi”.

Knutsen explained afterwards that he was playfully referring to the popular Soup Nazi on ‘Seinfeld’, but the damage had already been done.

Puyallup’s City Council voted to rebuke him.

“We believe it is important to be respectful to City staff and to represent the City with dignity and in a courteous manner to all persons and entities,” they wrote.

The staffer whom was insulted by Knutsen told The News Tribune that he felt “embarrassed” and “belittled” by the Mayor.

The unnamed employee requested that the mayor “immediately stop using this abhorrent and objectionable language when speaking to me.”

Knutsen attempted to further explain his actions at a City Council meeting on Tuesday, saying that he has learned that ‘Seinfeld’ humor doesn’t have a place in politics, adding that he “did not intend to cause any discomfort.”

The Mayor also wrote an apology letter directly to the staffer and agreed never to use the expression again.

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