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John Jebbia

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Hopefully this doesn't get moved. While this isn't directly related to what we do here on MM, nearly all of it applies.

Opinion: We can all take away lessons from Amy's Bakery, myself included.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyclay/2 … ial-media/


(And for those who don't know what Amy's Bakery is.. Google it. Probably the funniest shit you'll read all month.)

May 16 13 01:11 am Link

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Looknsee Photography

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Portland, Oregon, US

Link leads me to blank page.

May 16 13 07:55 am Link

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Rik Austin

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Austin, Texas, US

I like #2.  lol

May 16 13 08:04 am Link

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SayCheeZ!

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Las Vegas, Nevada, US

oooops, i didn't see that anyone posted something about this.

Here's a few details (in the off topic section)
http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=891760

May 16 13 08:07 am Link

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NicoleNudes

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May 16 13 08:10 am Link

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studio36uk

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Tavai, Sigave, Wallis and Futuna

Forget for a minute the fallout. That's funny enough BUT -

You have to watch the whole of the original show to really get the back story - - - over 2 million views for both parts ca 20 minutes each. Part 1 starts before Ramsey even arrives, it's a typical day at the restaurant

Kitchen Nightmares Season 6 Episode 16 Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6LY7TJ16pg

and

Kitchen Nightmares Season 6 Episode 16 Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6LY7TJ16pg

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May 16 13 03:10 pm Link

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Good Egg Productions

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Orlando, Florida, US

studio36uk wrote:
Forget for a minute the fallout. That's funny enough BUT -

You have to watch the whole of the original show to really get the back story - - - over 2 million views for both parts ca 20 minutes each. Part 1 starts before Ramsey even arrives, it's a typical day at the restaurant

Kitchen Nightmares Season 6 Episode 16 Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6LY7TJ16pg

and

Kitchen Nightmares Season 6 Episode 16 Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6LY7TJ16pg

Studio36

Actually, from the reddit article where the girl who got fired answered any and all questions, it was not a "typical" day.  It was the most extreme day she'd seen in 3 and 1/2 weeks of working there.

She also mentioned that less food was returned than the show would have you believe.

This isn't to say that their behavior and customer service was not atrocious.  It most clearly was.  Just that what the show portrayed was the worst of the worst.  Not typical.

However, they didn't exactly help themselves at all with the facebook meltdown.

May 16 13 03:26 pm Link

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M Pandolfo Photography

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Tampa, Florida, US

I always scoff at companies and individuals who hire PR firms or consultants when they come under fire. It's particularly prevalent among athletes and actors, it seems.

However, when the alternative is this, PLEASE HIRE A PR FIRM lol.

May 16 13 03:42 pm Link

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Herman Surkis

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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Too funny.

As one commenter on the tube said, I would go there just for the entertainment.

May 16 13 03:59 pm Link

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Venessa Baez

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Tampa, Florida, US

If I was in the area, I'd go there just to look big_smile But unfortunately would probably have knives thrown at me if I did

May 16 13 04:11 pm Link

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ontherocks

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Salem, Oregon, US

i was wondering if the producers egged people on in terms of returning things. supposedly the diners were brought in by the show (they weren't just random customers).

i've eaten at a lot of restaurants in my 50 years and don't really remember ever returning anything. sometimes at fast food places they'll just give you a replacement if the fries were bad or the burger was raw.

Good Egg Productions wrote:
She also mentioned that less food was returned than the show would have you believe.

May 16 13 05:14 pm Link

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glumpy

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Reality T.V.

The most UNreal, fake, scripted load of crap possible.

That said, Clearly Amy is a complete and utter fruitloop so she does very clearly illustrate how to go about things the wrong way.

May 16 13 05:35 pm Link

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studio36uk

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Tavai, Sigave, Wallis and Futuna

ontherocks wrote:
i've eaten at a lot of restaurants in my 50 years and don't really remember ever returning anything.

I've eaten at a few where the food was so bad I just made a show of walking over to the bin and dumping it, or, in days past when you could still smoke in restaurants, pored an ashtray onto the plate in front of God and my fellow diners. Once I even scraped the lot onto the floor. I have also been known to just turn the plate of food upside down on the table.

There's more than one way to fuck with 'em.

Amy? She's just plain ol' garden variety bat-shit crazy!

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May 16 13 05:36 pm Link

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Robb Mann

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Baltimore, Maryland, US

Every episode of Kitchen nighmares needs drama and entertainment. If the restaurant doesnt provide enough of either it gets manufactured by the show. In the case of ABC, it looks like they got an overload of genuine drama & entertainment.

May 16 13 05:56 pm Link

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David M Russell

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New York, New York, US

You'll eat what you're served, and you'll LIKE IT!!!!!

May 20 13 02:47 pm Link

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Reflected

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New York, New York, US

lol

Amy Bouzaglo wrote:
AND WE WILL BE PARENTS TO A HUMAN KID, ONE DAY TO.  WE WILL SHOW ALL OF YOU.

May 20 13 03:19 pm Link

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glumpy

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Robb Mann wrote:
Every episode of Kitchen nighmares needs drama and entertainment. If the restaurant doesnt provide enough of either it gets manufactured by the show. In the case of ABC, it looks like they got an overload of genuine drama & entertainment.

It must have come as such a surprise to the producers that the episode turned out that way!
I mean it's not like they would do any research and find out what the place was like or interview the owners or anything like that before hand.

I'm sure there was no way they could see that coming or have any idea based on past episodes how Ramsey would send them off the deep end.
Of course the producers would also never know how the owners were going to act based on their past online reactions nor the flogging they would get on their various social media.

You just never know how these thing will turn out.

Much.

May 20 13 08:19 pm Link

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DarrylPascoePhotography

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

studio36uk wrote:
I've eaten at a few where the food was so bad I just made a show of walking over to the bin and dumping it, or, in days past when you could still smoke in restaurants, pored an ashtray onto the plate in front of God and my fellow diners. Once I even scraped the lot onto the floor. I have also been known to just turn the plate of food upside down on the table.

There's more than one way to fuck with 'em.

Amy? She's just plain ol' garden variety bat-shit crazy!

Studio36

I'm not one for the dramatic, "look at me" routine lol, I just tend to leave without eating the food and not going back.

May 20 13 08:35 pm Link

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-Ira

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New York, New York, US

I don't typically watch reality TV.  But after hearing/seeing so much about ABC on Kitchen Nightmares I had to see for myself.

I agree that reality TV is produced for maximum effect.  In this case they had to sell the story of Ramsey working with subjects so awful he'd walk out.

That said Amy & Samy don't seem entirely blameless.  Amy went to jail for theft identity in acquiring a business loan.  And they both now face prosecution from the state of Arizona for illegally taking server tips.

What bothers me most is the trend towards what is entertaining to our society.  The same mentality of enjoying these shows is synonymous to watching NASCAR for the crashes.  "I'd like to escape from whatever bothers me now by watching what a train-wreck someone else's life is."  Even our national news is dominated by stories of girlfriend brutally murdering her boyfriend.  Perhaps because these are simple black and white issues which don't directly affect us.

While the real complex issues we face;  a political system driven by special interest, a failing public education system, inequality based on sexual preference, an ineffective incarceration system, and veteran's not receiving appropriate medical care...among others...require too much investment of time, thought, and personal endorsement.

May 20 13 09:35 pm Link