February 28, 2005
The Soup Nazi is a very famous episode of Seinfeld. This show is centered on a new soup stand that is owned by a gentleman who is not very conventional. He demands that his customers order their soup in a certain way and if you do not do it correctly he screams, "No soup for you!"
Explanation of Deviance
This violates the social prescriptive norm of "the customer is always right." The role of the person giving the service versus the person receiving the service is switched. Due to the fact that the customer is providing money and business to the service, the provider of that service is generally supposed to be some what submissive to the desires of the customer. The "Soup Nazi", as he is called, makes the customer feel privileged to be receiving his soup and as if they were doing him a service, and not the other way around. Kramer, who is the only one that the "Soup Nazi" seems to speak openly too, understands him, and states that the "Soup Nazi" is a slave to his soup, the "Soup Nazi" agrees saying, "How can I expect anything less from my customers?" As far as prescriptive norms are concerned, the "Soup Nazi" is wrong in his behavior toward his customers; he is rude and unpleasant and defies all rules about the interaction that should take place between customers and business owners. As far as descriptive norms are concerned, he is not necessarily wrong. Because descriptive norms can be based on justifiable behavior, and due to the fact that the "Soup Nazi" felt as if he was a slave to his soup, he was not being mean to the customers, but he felt that his soul was in that soup and the people who ate it should behave worthy of it.
It hard to say what I would have done in that situation, but I do know that there are times when I cook, that I feel as if my soul is in that food and want the people who eat it to appreciate the effort that I have put into it and...