Amy's Baking Company PR Firm Severs Relationship with Restaurant; Tuesday's Press Conference Cancelled Due to Kitchen Nightmares Producers and "Online Bullies"

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As part of the shit-show gift that keeps on giving, Rose+Moser+Allyn Public & Online Relations, the Scottsdale-based PR firm helmed by Jason Rose, has announced it has ended its relationship with Amy's Baking Company -- if you could even call it a relationship. The Scottsdale-based company picked up the controversial restaurant (and its high-strung owners Amy and Samy Bouzaglo) as clients less than a week ago.

How's that for a publicity stunt for a publicity company's sake? Looks like Amy and Samy just got "hated on" again.

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But that's not all. Oh, heavens no. That's just half the story.

A press release issued by Rose's company today has stated that the first-place winners of the most epic social media breakdown in history, the Bouzaglos, have cancelled Tuesday's press conference, where they were to address "falsehoods about their business depicted on a reality television show, including assertions that the restaurant confiscates tips from servers" due to legal threats from the producers of Kitchen Nightmares and threats of a non-legal nature by -- who else -- the "online bullies."

A portion of the letter from the producers of Kitchen Nightmares reads as follows:

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Although tomorrow's press conference has been cancelled, the press release goes on to say that Amy's "Grand Re-Opening" event (now referred to as a "Grand Re-Opening Week" but with the same objective -- to let customers decide who is right: Kitchen Nightmares celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay or the "marketplace that has supported the small, locally owned business for six years") will commence Tuesday as planned. Interested? Good luck getting a table in the near future. More than 1,000 reservations have been made since the event was announced last week.

In addition, 10 percent of the grand re-opening week's proceeds will go to benefit the Megan Meier Foundation, an organization dedicated to combat the effects of cyber-bullying.

The press release adds that the Bouzaglos insist that their social media sites were hacked following the airing of the Kitchen Nightmares episode, that an incident report was filed with the Scottsdale Police Department, and that the couple "may soon be providing additional information on cyber-attacks leveled against them including ones by an organized group."

In other words, stay tuned.

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ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

People, about those "tips" - it is legal to pay an employee in a restaurant a livable wage $14.00 to $18.00 an hour and take the tips rather than the normal wage of $7 to $12.00 an hour and give them the tips.  I suspect this is the key that will get them off any claim of back wages in the form of tips. 

Maricopa County, which includes the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Mesa, featured the highest average annual wages for servers in Arizona at $23,100, as of 2009, explains the Arizona Workforce Informer.

http://www.ehow.com/info_10014878_normal-pay-waitresses-arizona.html#ixzz2Tx4OZDa9



bardgal
bardgal

"falsehoods about their business depicted on a reality television show, including assertions that the restaurant confiscates tips from servers" 

uhm...... seriously?

Samy admitted on camera that they take their server's tips. Samy himself made that "assertion", so how is it a "falsehood"? Do they think people are deaf, blind, stupid, and have the memories of goldfish? Are they unfamiliar with the technology of television and video? Did he not watch the episode they were in?

People are insane. Maybe it's the water in AZ. McCain voted to cut international embassy security, then complains when Benghazi didn't have enough security. WTF.

Serious personality disorder when people are completely incapable of taking responsibility for their own actions and cannot comprehend anything is actually THEIR FAULT.



bigbangtheory
bigbangtheory

What I wouldn't give to be there the night of the grand re-opening clusterf**k. I see a perfect storm of circumstances conspiring here: Too many reservations, too many opportunities for seriously volatile food and service issues to ignite, and two absolute idiots presiding over this prandial powderkeg.

On second thought, I suppose it's best that I won't be too close to ground zero. Maybe I'll still see the cream of mushroom cloud from across town when the whole thing blows.

t.oferr
t.oferr

Nice family photo of the "beautiful" convict and much older gangsta.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Maybe they can get Ringling Brothers to sponsor this circus!

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Even Jason Rose's one press release read like a joke - stating that they will "likely" have a press conference.  What kind of PR person can't even confirm a press conference - one that has no client control is my guess.  Wonder if Maupin is still going to be there to preside over the circus tonight.

Krystine Devereux Forest
Krystine Devereux Forest

since sky owns fox and kitchen nightmares us would they sue them for the posts they've already made in public and on their "hacked" fb page?

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

HAHAHAHA

Serves them right - I wonder how many of those thousand reservations will actually show

teknik
teknik

these folks are a disgrace to people who have lived through the torments of being bullied.

David James
David James

This classic parable seems relevant here: A turkey was chatting with a bull. 'I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree,' sighed the turkey, 'but I haven't got the energy.' 'Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?' replied the bull. They're packed with nutrients.' The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree. He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree. Moral of the story: Bullshit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there.

ssn0
ssn0

LOL. The people who want to eat there are the same people who go into haunted buildings to see if they can face a demon.

Joe Berman
Joe Berman

She's an identity stealing felon dirtbag. Even before this ordeal, she proved herself a worthless p.o.s..

David Robinson
David Robinson

The shenanigans don't end because you media people keep talking about it.

davydross
davydross

They should just close the doors now...they always will be a joke from now on

t.oferr
t.oferr

How can he end a "relationship" that never began.

Sammy had no intention to fork over all the money he earned confiscating his staff's tips to fuel the big-hair-guy's Maserati and to pay for his platinum Rolex.

oscaroscaroscar
oscaroscaroscar

I predict that 925 of those 1000 reservations will see the customers returning Amy's rancid food, just to piss them off and have them put on a show.  Here is hoping for a swift end of their careers as restauranteurs.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Jodi Arias just took a job with ABC, and the jury ruled 5 minutes later, that she was criminally insane, and should go to the state mental hospital.  Gin Soaked Jan then called a decorator to prepare the "bridal suite" that Arias and her son will share.

Michael McNamara
Michael McNamara

When the guy who does pr for Joe Arpaio can't get you straightened out, you're beyond help.

Raquel Elle Bell
Raquel Elle Bell

As a technology consultant who regularly works with businesses to help fix their technology issues and build their brand I run into this all the time. There are few instances that I can think of where the owners of the company take your advice even when you can show what the changes will result in. I am of the opinion that most companies hire consultants to validate their bad behavior. Unfortunately this "TYPE" of business owner is not the exception it's the rule.

Phil Razzi
Phil Razzi

These people are idiots and liars. I am sure the account was not hacked like they say. Any service business that yells at a customer does not deserve to have customers.

jody99
jody99

I thought Arizona couldn't top itself after the Bundgaard affair and then we got to witness the Babeu boyfriend meltdown, But of course we had to top that with the Samy and Amy Show in Scottsdale. Arizona - you do NOT disappoint! Thank You for keeping us crazier than Florida!

nojailforyou1
nojailforyou1

The 1,000 people who reserved a seat at the "Re-Opening" should be ashamed of themselves. You are encouraging their bad behavior as well as the terrible treatment of employees and customers. I realize to many it is similar to attending a circus or oddity show, however with their twisted ideals I'm sure they will take it as an affirmation that they are true "chefs".

Traditionally when businesses show unfair practices the public generally boycotts them. They stole the wait staff's tips; isn't that enough to demonstrate the lack of concern for their employees not to mention state laws.
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If you do try dining at Amy's you might want to go prepared.

1. Eat a full meal before you go. The wait will be long and the food will be bad.

2. Write down a few phone numbers of people you can call collect because cells phones are not allow in jail.

3. Be sure to have the name of a reputable Bail Bond Agent in case you need to post bail from jail.

4. Hire personal security if you do indeed enter into an altercation with Samy -- remember he IS THE GANGSTA, and "you do not want to F---- with him".

shteevie
shteevie

@ExpertShot Except that the servers on the show stated that they were making far less than $14/hour at the time the show was filmed.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

THe site below is the place for good info on this issue.  If a restaurant decides to pay their waiters and waiteresses a wage far and above the minimum wage for that job in Arizona (minimum wage in AZ is $4.35 an hour for waiters and waiteresses) they can "credit" the waiters and waiteresses' tips.  It looks like the ABC is paying $14.00 an hour - a guaranteed income rather than just the minimum $4.45 an hour plus tips.  This allows the owner to deduct a tip credit of up to $3.45 from the minimum cash wage paid to their tipped employees, and can pay as little as $4.35 per hour for hours where the tipped employee has earned at least $3.45 in tips.  The other way is just to take the tips and pay the employee far more than they would receive in tips and the minimum wage for waiters and waiteresses.  I don't think there is any "there" there. 

You folks that are complaining about this issue are barking up the wrong tree and should get informed before looking uninformed again. 

http://waiterpay.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Bureau-of-Labor-Statistics-Report-Food-and-Beverage-Workers.pdf

BTW - just because the owners of ABC are rude should not give everyone permission to be that way.  Let's treat each other well, that's the only thing that makes living on this planet worthwhile folks.

funnyhaha71
funnyhaha71

@bardgal I honestly think that Amy and Samy think that folks will believe them when if they tell us the video was edited and that Samy didn't really say he took tips. Thankfully, we're not all as delusional as Amy and Samy.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@bigbangtheory  Don't forget a brand new staff, as they lost all their employees!

People do enjoy watching the clowns in a circus, however!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public Let us not forget that Rose has also represented such fine Arizonans as Arpaio, Pearce, and HornyBoi!

funnyhaha71
funnyhaha71

@Krystine Devereux Forest Sky could sue and they would win.

funnyhaha71
funnyhaha71

@Phil Razzi Nothing was hacked. Amy claimed that "their" Yelp page was hacked as were their FB and company website. Personally, I don't think anyone would take the time to "hack" into FB just to screw with Amy and Samy.

To Amy and Samy, "hacked" = others said things about me that I didn't like and/or I wrote stuff and then my PR person ripped me a new one.

jody99
jody99

@nojailforyou1 - At least Arpaio's food won't kill you while you wait for your bond to get posted!

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@ExpertShot 

You are wrong, plain and simple.

Look up the Federal Fair Standards Labor Act (FSLA) which clearly states:

"Retention of Tips: A tip is the sole property of the tipped employee regardless of whether the employer takes a tip credit. The FLSA prohibits any arrangement between the employer and the tipped employee whereby any part of the tip received becomes the property of the employer. For example, even where a tipped employee receives at least $7.25 per hour in wages directly from the employer, the employee may not be required to turn over his or her tips to the employer."

http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs15.pdf

nunya
nunya

@ExpertShot Yet neither of these particular links shows anything that I could find about the legality of keeping tips.  It may be that they are paying well (whether or not it was that way before, during filming of KN) but no one has shown the actual law that says "it is legal to keep tips if you pay really raelly well".  I have, however, seen the contrary, where it is most specifically ILLEGAL to retain tips meant for waitstaff.

funnyhaha71
funnyhaha71

@ExpertShot @shteevie It is Amy and Samy who claim to pay their waitstaff up to $14. Not a single ex-staff person says they were paid anything near what Amy and Samy claim they pay.

Note that in the same press release, they say they do not take tips from their waitstaff ... and yet Samy is on video saying that he does so twice and even gives a lengthy explanation as to why he keeps his staff's tips.

RestaurantOwner
RestaurantOwner

@ExpertShot It's bothering me that you still don't seem to understand what tip credit means. Tip credit is a federal law that allows restaurant owners to pay tipped employees as little as $2.13 per hour--as long as their tips make up the difference between that laughable amount and minimum wage.


Tip credit does NOT mean that an employer can take tips--in any form--from their employees. It does NOT mean that they can steal that money from their customers and give themselves a little bonus rather than give it to the employee--for whom the customer intended the tip in the first place.


Taking tips from the table--or from the credit card machine, or from any other method of payment--is actually a VERY big deal, ethically and legally. Please stop trying to downplay this open theft from young, hardworking people.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @ExpertShot Yup, you're right!  I thought there was no distinction between taking a "tip credit" if a waiter's tips exceeded a certain amount and getting the cash from the customer instead of the credit.  It is interesting though that, in effect, an employer CAN take the tips of a waiter/waitress in the form of a "tip credit".  So, it makes the whole issue of taking the tips directly from the table a little less important from a legal standpoint.  From a motivation and "smart employer" standpoint though, it is clear that Sammy and Amy have no business being in the type of business they are in.  I've been a waiter for my college education expenses and I always loved it when I would get the positive feedback for my good work in cold hard cash.  They're stupid to do that from a good business management practices perspective.


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