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(photo credit: Courtesy Naor Gal)
The impulsive Dudu Topaz has done it again. Without any malice intended, he humiliated a McDonald's employee, and in so doing earned himself the kind of publicity he definitely doesn't need.
It all started when Topaz took two of his sons out to eat. At the end of the meal, he ordered a soft ice cream in a cone, and pretended that there was something wrong with the ice cream. The counter attendant offered to change it for him, but Topaz asked him to smell it. When the counter attendant leaned forward to oblige, Topaz pushed the ice cream into his face. Almost everyone laughed, but the victim was highly offended. Topaz later apologized and explained that he was showing one of his sons a trick. The victim didn't appreciate being the patsy, and Topaz's son was uncomfortable with the whole scene. By way of compensation, Topaz offered the counter attendant the opportunity to come on to his television show which is broadcast live and to plant as many ice creams as he wanted on Topaz's face. If he accepts this option instead of going to court, he will have to wait till after the elections. Due to the time slot of his program, Topaz had to become the sacrificial lamb for election campaign broadcasts, and will be off the air till the end of March.
Though undoubtedly brash and occasionally outrageous, at heart, Topaz is really a good guy. On his various shows over the years he has brought Israeli expatriates back home, raised funds for life saving medical treatment, nurtured other people's romances, and given aspiring young entertainers their first big opportunity to perform prime time. Topaz will be celebrating his 60th birthday this year.
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