Marcus Lemonis has been compared by his own network to Gordon Ramsay, but that is one comparison he feels slightly unfair because unlike the foul-mouthed chef and restauranteur, Lemonis doesn't scream and throw things in order to get the businesses he attempts to help on CNBC's The Profit to turn around. Additionally, Lemonis is offering cash for a percentage of the business and by ponying up, he often makes the tough determination to never work with a business again because of how appalling the behavior is, rather than to push through for the sake of television.
"I get pissed when people screw me or when they demean their employees, so you will see me get Gordon Ramsay-esque against one of the owners because he constantly abuses and beats down his employees," Lemonis said to LA TV Insider Examiner when we caught up with him in Los Angeles.
Sadly for those of us in Los Angeles, the business is one of ours: LA Dogworks. The website for the company lists it as being "internationally recognized" for being one of the best dog daycare centers in the world. But that probably won't be true after America sees their episode of The Profit.
"The staff that works there does a nice job at taking care of the animals that come in. Amazing staff [who] I would hire for any business that I have. [But] the guy who owns the place is a total nut-bag," Lemonis said.
"It's bad energy... I've been told that animals have a huge sense of what's happening around, and it's not good for them. You'll watch the episode and you'll say to yourself 'No'... It was the one deal where I was literally like 'Bye bye'. I love the concept; the concept is awesome; but I wouldn't take my dog there."
The Profit airs on CNBC on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. "LA Dogworks" airs on August 27 2013.
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