Latest Amy's Baking Company Drama Reveals Proof That Owners Treated Workers Like Dirt

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amy samy bouzaglo kitchen nightmaresLike a demon you thought had been exorcised, Amy's Baking Company -- the notorious Arizona restaurant Gordon Ramsay tried to save recently on Kitchen Nightmares -- is baaaack! This time, not because a diner was served multiple drinks with multiple flies floating in them, but because a legally binding contract ABC employees were required to sign has been exclusively obtained by ... and it's as frightening as the meltdowns Amy Bouzaglo has over all the "haters" and "online bullies" who are after her.

The so-called "mutual agreement" between the employee and Amy and husband Samy Bouzaglo boasts 20 rules to abide by, many of which may strike you as nothing short of inhumane and borderline illegal.

For example:

  • "Any products such as food or plates that are broken or burned due to direct negligence will be taken from your pay check at ABC’s [Amy's Baking Company] cost." Oookay.
  • Working holidays and weekends are required, and if an employee fails to show up on any of those days, they will be ... wait for it ... "monetarily penalized with a fee of $250.00." OMG.
  • "All 'tips' are property of the 'house.'"
  • Employees were required to “leave the premise immediately” after their shift and "no family or friends may come to see you while working."
  • If an employee resigns or is terminated, they are not to work at “any competitor within a 50 mile radius of ABC within one year of termination or voluntary resignation,” which is virtually unheard of in the service industry.

The last two are what strikes me as particularly sick and twisted. Though they all seem to moosh together into one big pile of load of rotten (or should I say undercooked, frozen?) baloney that completely reeks. It's as if the employee is just supposed to resign him or herself to working for the restaurant 24/7/365 and show NO signs of having a life outside of the restaurant. Then, go on to sacrifice their potential to make a living after they've left. What in the world ...?!

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Seems like the owners are utterly insecure about their restaurant's horrendous reputation. But how is treating their employees like trash going to solve that? Maybe they think people would be willing to put up with these insane, inhumane requests just to work for a restaurant that was on reality TV? Either way, this makes them look beyond delusional ... And anyone who would take a job at ABC might be, too.

What do you think of this contract?

Image via FOX

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momofcfk momofcfk

I have worked in this field for over 25 years and i would tell her to FUCK OFF! My tips are mine not hers....what a fucking loser!

LostS... LostSoul88

You have to be an idiot to sign it

tuffy... tuffymama

I hope she gets what she deserves.

nonmember avatar JGM1764

There are probably people out there who would try to get a job there for the sole purpose of getting to dish the dirt. I can't imagine they'd want to stay there long, though.

work4... work4mickey

Many aspects are clearly unenforcable.

Christina Falconer

So what if they did get a job at a competitor after they left there? How would they even know?? and how can they take their tips? unless they are getting paid minimum wage and not the tipped wage or whatever, but even still, I don't see how they can do that... and yeah I'd tell her right where she could go with her contract! There has to be better places to work! 

Zadidoll Zadidoll

I hope the state labor board gets involved and sues them.

Michi... Michigan-Mom74

@Maressa Brown  If you are going to report or write about a story, try reporting all of the story. For example.. ""Working holidays and weekends are required, and if an employee fails to show up on any of those days, they will be ... wait for it ... "monetarily penalized with a fee of $250.00." OMG.""

But you forgot too add..."Due to the nature of our Industry this is a necessity" So why this rule is a pain in ass and not fair, the baking industry is tough. Even more so considering the economy.





Michi... Michigan-Mom74

"All 'tips' are property of the 'house...."

The waitstaff understands that any and all ‘tips’ are property of the ‘house’. By signing this contract you agree that you willingly accept a payment of $8.00 to $12.00 per hour to ensure that you will receive some type of payment...."

But after the show of Kitchen Nightmare aired and that tidbit was leaked, the policy was changed.

..."But to the volatile nature of this business, we will be unable to predict when we will have business, so by signing this contract you will be excepting $8 an hour instead of tips..."


Beverly Bonito

I can't believe they are still in business!!!!

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