Amy's Baking Company - No Lesson Learned?

Amy's Baking Company is in the social media news again for angering customers. Back in August 2010, Amy responded to a negative Yelp review by calling the customer a "moron" and saying that "only tramps and losers want to sit outside in 110 temperatures" (although she used more capital letters and exclamation marks than I have).

Now, Amy finds herself in the heat again. Owners Samy and Amy Bouzaglos appeared on the reality TV show "Kitchen Nightmares" for Chef Gordon Ramsey to save their business. But Chef Ramsey left the show because the couple is "incapable of listening." Things went downhill from there.

The owners tried to win support on the company's Facebook page, but people were not sympathetic. As it turns out, calling people "little punks" and saying "We have God on our side" typically won't elicit support.

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Now, the couple is saying that the Facebook page was hacked.

But their new Facebook page posts are suspiciously like the old ones. The owners may need more help than "Kitchen Nightmares" can provide.

Discussion Starters:

  • What advice would you give the Bouzagloses about responding to social media posts?
  • What's your opinion of this incident in light of the 2010 Yelp response? How, if at all, does this change your view of the owner and the business?