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Courts Rule Against Former Soup Shop Owner

Randall Durant pleads guilty to disorderly conduct, ordered to pay employee wages

The former owner of Funky Ladles, the soup shop that closed in Acorn Alley last month, has pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct and been ordered to pay back wages by a Portage County court in two separate cases.

Randall Durant, 48, of Warren, OH, pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct after being accused of making an offensive statement to a juvenile employed at Tree City Coffee.

Durant was cited for disorderly conduct March 18 after parking a box truck in the drive-thru lane for the coffee shop and blocking access to customers. When asked by an employee of the coffee shop to move the truck Durant made an offensive comment to the juvenile, according to Kent Police.

Property management for Acorn Alley advised police that Durant had already obtained his property from the former soup shop, and he was warned for trespassing, according to police.

He pleaded guilty to the charge March 22.

Several days later, on March 25, a Portage County magistrate ordered Durant to pay $800 in back wages plus interest to a former employee who took Durant to court for not paying her wages during a nine-day period in January 2013, according to Portage County online court records.

Durant reportedly sold his soup business in March to Laziza's owner Mike Awad.

moral concerned kent historian neighbor man April 05, 2013 at 01:04 PM
funny how so many patch readers had previously shared similar stories in the comments section only to have them removed by the editor. nine months down the road, the editor finds himself writing a story which supports readers' complaints of a disrespectful former downtown business person. a mea culpa, perhaps?
Sarah Skibiski April 05, 2013 at 01:28 PM
I'm so not surprised that business went under or that this guy is behaving like this. He went nuts on me here on Kent Patch because I said I thought the place was a little pricey for what you got. There were also countless other people talking about how badly he treated his employees and the horrible way he talked to him. All of which he claimed was untrue and then went on horrible name calling rants to anyone who dared say anything negative about him or the service in the soup shop. You can't treat everyone like crap and then expect them to hand money over to you even if it's just for a cup of soup.
jeanie April 05, 2013 at 01:29 PM
All you had to do was read the shops Facebook page to know he was a bit odd! Not a surprise.
moral concerned kent historian neighbor man April 05, 2013 at 02:01 PM
i'd recommend town-folk to go there now - some crazy story about another local business person. the drama never ends with this guy...
William Gibson April 05, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Did you hear about the new soup shop opening in Warren? I think its called Karma.
FillerUp April 05, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Amazingly, he will tell you how it was everyone else's fault that his business failed. His legendary rants on Patch and Facebook, his tirades in the shop, his battles with area business owners, his public bashing of local government officials, never knowing whether or not the store would be open or closed, and his inability to accept feedback from customers had nothing to do with his store closing...
FillerUp April 05, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Moral - what might you be referring to?
Randy McFarland April 05, 2013 at 04:07 PM
And "odd" is the term you use to beat a man down that already has enough on his plate. Imagine watching your most loved one deteriorate in front of your very eyes knowing what the end result is going to be? I'm certain all of your heads would be thinking rationally.
Randy McFarland April 05, 2013 at 04:09 PM
The man isn't far off on the local "good ole boy" network of government down in Kent.
FillerUp April 05, 2013 at 08:02 PM
This was a long term pattern of behavior. I think Jeanie was being polite and generous by saying "odd", especially with the events that surrounded the D.O.C. charge. Reprehensible!
Andrew Madonio April 05, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Yes, it is sad to be going through that, but it also doesn't give you a license to treat everyone else like garbage. Sometimes you've just gotta suck it up and put on a good face for business, even if things are less than ideal at home.

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