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Lessons from Amy's Baking Company: Five lousy things restaurant owners do to employees

By now everyone who isn't hiding in a television-free cave has heard about the Kitchen Nightmares episode featuring Amy's Baking Company (an Arizona pizza place with bad food and worse owners) that was so ugly and combative that Gordon Ramsay walked away. This may have been the only episode I've seen where Ramsay was less of a surly dick than the restaurant owners. The episode reminded me of all the restaurant owner/employee burns that I've had, witnessed or heard about over the years: There's no denying that some restaurateurs handle their employees in scummy, exploitative ways, and that is bad news for workers and customers alike.

Here are five things restaurant owners do to employees that are just plain wrong. A big shout-out to Amy's Baking Company for the reminder that some people should not own restaurants.

See also: - Ever wanted Gordon Ramsay to shriek at you? Here's your chance - Big Game's Leo Harvey dishes on trashy cheese dip and his biggest embarrassment - The Simpsons Preview: "The Food Wife," with (bleep) Ramsay, Bourdain, Batali

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Jenn Wohletz
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