and Amy Bouzaglo
, the owners of Amy’s Baking Company in Scottsdale, Ariz. had a complete and total Facebook meltdown Tuesday (May 14) in light of the internet’s response to their 15 minutes of fame on FOX’s “Kitchen Nightmares.”
During the episode, Team Bouzaglo attacked a customer with a round of screaming f-bombs and got into a near physical confrontation with two young men. Police were called to the scene and eventually the show’s star, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay
, pulled the plug on production.
“It’s finally happened,” Ramsey says. “After almost 100 ‘Kitchen Nightmares,’ I’ve met two owners who I could not help. … In a short period of time, they’ve managed to piss off the community and go through over 100 employees in one year.”
Users of the review website Yelp and the news sharing website Reddit hit the web in droves to blast the restaurant owners after it was revealed on the show they keep their servers’ tips for themselves. Samy and Amy responded in kind, lashing out at the “the Yelpers and Reddits (sic)” and their “WITCH HUNT.” The Bouzaglos’ posts alternated between all-caps ranting (Amy) and bizarre meanderings (Samy).
The Samy updates threatened legal action against every internet user who gave the restaurant a bad review. One post, screencapped by the folks at Rock Candy Media
before its deletion, reads, “You are all little punks. Nothing. you are all noting. We are laughing at you. All of you, just fools. We have God on our side, you just have your sites.”
By the end of the day, the Amy’s Baking Company Facebook page was cleared of the bizarre posts. A status update now reads:
“Obviously our Facebook, YELP, Twitter and Website have been hacked. We are working with the local authorities as well as the FBI computer crimes unit to ensure this does not happen again. We did not post those horrible things.”
Facebook users responded in disbelief, and rightfully so. One poster writes, “You’re crazy as s***. Signed, Westboro Baptist Church.” That particular comment garnered more than 3,500 likes in three hours’ time.