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Amy's Baking Company: Must-See Meltdown (1 Viewer)

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Here's a Buzzfeed link someone made to summarize what went down: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/this-is-the-most-epic-brand-meltdown-on-facebook-ever

Links to the show itself: Part 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6LY7TJ16pg&feature=youtube_gdata_player Part 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQDtoHpAWhg

Cliff's notes - Amy's Baking Company (ABC) is a restaurant in Phoenix, AZ. They were in trouble as a business, and agreed to appear on Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmare" to have him come in and help out. They show Amy and her co-owner husband Samy in action a day before Gordon shows up...oof. Brutal. Samy pockets the server's tips and pays them hourly (which Gordon points out to patrons, worth watching for that alone), Amy is mouthy and will not have any criticism in the kitchen, to the point Samy is afraid to tell her if food is sent back...which is thrown in the trash. Gordon comes in, same deal. Says all food is terrible, and the owners won't hear the criticism. The owners yell at patrons if they don't like the food, just a total catastrophe.

Well, the interwebs struck back and took over their Facebook page, Yelp page, really any electronic medium available. Amy and Samy, predictably, did not back down and are trying to push back the wave that is people on the internet. It is AWESOME.

Favorite quote from the show: "Well we have three little boys. But they're trapped inside cat bodies. Meow!" - Amy, co-owner, ABC

Enjoy! :popcorn:

 
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Reddit seems to think they are laundering money through it. Makes sense to me.

high turnover rate

paying high hourly wage so they can keep the cash tips off the books.

the owner is the only person using the POS system, etc.

 
Reddit seems to think they are laundering money through it. Makes sense to me.

high turnover rate

paying high hourly wage so they can keep the cash tips off the books.

the owner is the only person using the POS system, etc.
It's got to be something like that. I don't know how a restaurant with crappy food, slow service and confrontational managements lasts more than few months.

 
I actually walked into the room when my wife was watching this episode on the DVR last night. I was instantly enraptured. I couldn't believe two people this bat-s### crazy were actually running a business. At the end of the episode, the wife looked the place up omline to see if it was still open and found this firestorm of activity. Amazing.

If you haven't seen the show or haven't seen that episode, try to find it online streaming somewhere. It's baffling.

ETA: Just realized the episode is linked in the OP. :wall:

 
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why would anyone actually goto that restaurant more than one time.

and really... how would they make it in there a first time after a few reviews got out.

I didn't even watch the video, but i don't even get how a complete train wreck of a business would last more than a few months.

 
Here's a Buzzfeed link someone made to summarize what went down: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/this-is-the-most-epic-brand-meltdown-on-facebook-ever

Links to the show itself: Part 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6LY7TJ16pg&feature=youtube_gdata_player Part 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQDtoHpAWhg

Cliff's notes - Amy's Baking Company (ABC) is a restaurant in Phoenix, AZ. They were in trouble as a business, and agreed to appear on Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmare" to have him come in and help out. They show Amy and her co-owner husband Samy in action a day before Gordon shows up...oof. Brutal. Samy pockets the server's tips and pays them hourly (which Gordon points out to patrons, worth watching for that alone), Amy is mouthy and will not have any criticism in the kitchen, to the point Samy is afraid to tell her if food is sent back...which is thrown in the trash. Gordon comes in, same deal. Says all food is terrible, and the owners won't hear the criticism. The owners yell at patrons if they don't like the food, just a total catastrophe.

Well, the interwebs struck back and took over their Facebook page, Yelp page, really any electronic medium available. Amy and Samy, predictably, did not back down and are trying to push back the wave that is people on the internet. It is AWESOME.

Favorite quote from the show: "Well we have three little boys. But they're trapped inside cat bodies. Meow!" - Amy, co-owner, ABC

Enjoy! :popcorn:
I may have trouble watching these people for the cat quote alone.

 
Reddit seems to think they are laundering money through it. Makes sense to me.

high turnover rate

paying high hourly wage so they can keep the cash tips off the books.

the owner is the only person using the POS system, etc.
It's got to be something like that. I don't know how a restaurant with crappy food, slow service and confrontational managements lasts more than few months.
Why on Earth would they agree to appear on a television show if this was true?

 
I don't know but some internet sleuthing revealed that lunatic wife was convicted of identity theft and fraud back in 2008. Did some jail time and was forced to pay nearly $40k in restitution, so I wouldn't put anything past them. The husband called himself a "gangster" at least once during the show too.

 
Reddit seems to think they are laundering money through it. Makes sense to me.

high turnover rate

paying high hourly wage so they can keep the cash tips off the books.

the owner is the only person using the POS system, etc.
It's got to be something like that. I don't know how a restaurant with crappy food, slow service and confrontational managements lasts more than few months.
Why on Earth would they agree to appear on a television show if this was true?
Because they're bat ### crazy. Nothing about their business makes sense. Like why would their waitstaff put up with no tips and an abusive boss?

 
http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2013/05/14/the-folks-at-amys-baking-company-in-scottsdale-have-gone-insane

Update. They claim to have been hacked. lol

http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2013/05/14/amys-baking-company-chooses-we-were-hacked-as-their-damage-control-response

as long as the local authorities and FBI computer crimes units are actively working with them, I'm sure justice will ####### prevail.
"Leads, yeah, sure. I'll just check with the boys down at the crime lab, they've got four more detectives working on the case. They got us working in shifts!"

 
I watched this OnDemand last night, and it truly was a display of two of the craziest people I've ever seen featured on a television show (and that is saying a lot).

 
shadyridr, on 15 May 2013 - 09:40, said:

Pipes, on 15 May 2013 - 09:26, said:

KGB, on 15 May 2013 - 05:25, said:Reddit seems to think they are laundering money through it. Makes sense to me.high turnover ratepaying high hourly wage so they can keep the cash tips off the books.the owner is the only person using the POS system, etc.
It's got to be something like that. I don't know how a restaurant with crappy food, slow service and confrontational managements lasts more than few months.
Why on Earth would they agree to appear on a television show if this was true?
They really thought Ramsay was coming there to tell the customers that they were wrong and the food is good.
 
shadyridr, on 15 May 2013 - 09:40, said:

Pipes, on 15 May 2013 - 09:26, said:

KGB, on 15 May 2013 - 05:25, said:Reddit seems to think they are laundering money through it. Makes sense to me.high turnover ratepaying high hourly wage so they can keep the cash tips off the books.the owner is the only person using the POS system, etc.
It's got to be something like that. I don't know how a restaurant with crappy food, slow service and confrontational managements lasts more than few months.
Why on Earth would they agree to appear on a television show if this was true?
They really thought Ramsay was coming there to tell the customers that they were wrong and the food is good.
Many of them seem to think that at first. It's hard to understand how they are so delusional. One person tells you it sucks you can write that off maybe but when it is essentially everyone it's probably not because they are haters.

 
Wow. This can't be for real. Can it?

I am pretty sure I would have gotten up and left when he threatened that guy in the "the day before Ramsay arrives" clip.

 
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Poor Samy.

He probably just wanted to marry some young tail and throw some cash at a restaurant to keep her busy and funnel some money through. He overlooked the crazy and paid a big price.

 
I watched the episode and dismissed it as fake and 100% staged because these people were so far gone.
Same here (of course, that's my standard view on most of these kind of shows), for the same reason plus Ramsay was totally :pokey: the whole time.

 
I watched the episode and dismissed it as fake and 100% staged because these people were so far gone.
Same here (of course, that's my standard view on most of these kind of shows), for the same reason plus Ramsay was totally :pokey: the whole time.
Yeah Ramsey is always that way in this show. In the Brit version it is dialed back a bit but he is still fairly confrontational.

 
Man, fake or not, it's so awesome when at 13:30 they think he's there to "validate" them and you know what's coming.

 
I watched the episode and dismissed it as fake and 100% staged because these people were so far gone.
Same here (of course, that's my standard view on most of these kind of shows), for the same reason plus Ramsay was totally :pokey: the whole time.
Yeah Ramsey is always that way in this show. In the Brit version it is dialed back a bit but he is still fairly confrontational.
Yeah, I don't watch regularly, but I've seen a good number of episodes and that's by far the least confrontational I've ever seen Ramsay.
 
Hard to argue this is fake. The place is legit and has a website. Why would they "fake" acting like that and jeopardize their business?

 
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So, MIranda.... She seems like a pretty good sport. I bet she cleans up well.

The Dough is RAW!

 
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Poor Samy.He probably just wanted to marry some young tail and throw some cash at a restaurant to keep her busy and funnel some money through. He overlooked the crazy and paid a big price.
It's OK, he's recovering some of that cash by stealing his servers' tips.
It's the time more than the money.He should be spending his time showing his young, blonde wife off around town, playing golf, and losing money at the horse track. Maybe looking for a nice side piece while the wife's off playing in the restaurant he bought for her. He made some big mistakes along the way to to get here.
 
I think the big "outrage" is over Amy's Baking Company buying and re-selling their cakes. The only thing Ramsay complimented on their whole menu, they don't even make in house.

 
I watched the episode and dismissed it as fake and 100% staged because these people were so far gone.
I don't know about that. I know a couple of women just like that. Can't tell them anything without them getting upset. She has self esteem issues and her lashing out at people is a simple defense mechanism that reflects the heat off of her. In short, she's crazy.

 
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