Tuesday, October 4, 2005
Twenty-two years ago today, in Clearwater, Florida, the first Hooters Restaurant opened for business, proving that you can make money in America selling sex, bad taste, and buffalo wings. (Left, Hooters Girls entertaining troops in the "Let Freedom Wing" tour. Photo: Wikipedia Public Domain.)
The controversial chain only hires female servers, who are required, under the employee handbook to “acknowledge and affirm” that:
my job duties require I wear the designated Hooters Girl uniform.
my job duties require that I interact with and entertain the customers.
the Hooters concept is based on female sex appeal and the work environment is one in which joking and sexual innuendo based on female sex appeal is commonplace.
I do not find my job duties, uniform requirements, or work environment to be offensive, intimidating, hostile, or unwelcome.
Excerpt from the Hooters employee handbook are available on The Smoking Gun.