Not All Fun And Games
This former Hooters employee didn’t have many positive things to say about the chain. She confirmed that the wage paid by the chain is hardly competitive, and that she had to perform cleaning duties from time to time while in uniform.
And what’s worse is that she was expected to look flawless even while scrubbing and cleaning off mold. According to her, it is quite difficult to maintain an impeccable appearance when you’re scrubbing toilets all day.
Employees Are Not Allowed To Sue For Harassment
Apparently, Hooters employees are not allowed to sue the chain or the establishment they work in for harassment. We wonder how many suits they would have to go through if this weren’t the case.
According to this ex-employee, the chain has its own justice system where employees serve as a jury and get to assess all cases.
The Candy Man Was A Regular
If you’ve ever watched Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, then you might remember that creepy child catcher character that used to lure kids with candy.
That film certainly comes to mind when you read the story of this next Hooters girl. She shared that a former regular, nicknamed “Candy Man,” would come in offering candy to girls who agreed to hug him. We wonder if some actually agreed.
Hooters Girls Can Be As Gross As We All Are
To be completely honest, this next Hooters confession makes us giggle a little bit. While many people may actually believe that attractive women are this sort of unique breed, the truth is that they are just human beings. That means that they can be pretty gross too.
According to a former employee, some waitresses chow down wings during their break and end up struggling with gas the rest of the night while serving patrons.
Some Hooters Branches Have Regular Games For Staff
As we said, it can sometimes be pretty fun to work at Hooters. At one branch, in particular, management used to let waitstaff choose their sections by playing games.
They would run around and have a nice time, and whoever won the game would get to choose their section first. Apparently, though, those who didn’t want to participate in the game could be punished for it.
Weight Warnings Are Constant
As we know all too well by now, Hooters staff are expected to look a certain way. Sadly, the scrutiny does not end once a person passes the job interview, in fact, it can get worse.
According to this former employee, a server who gains weight is given two warnings before they are officially fired. However, they also shared that if a Hooters girl gets pregnant, she gets a special uniform to work with.
They Have To Buy Their Own Tights
You might have noticed that Hooters girls always wear a very specific type of pantyhose and tights. Instead of being bare-legged, the waitresses are required to wear a pair of shiny natural-colored tights, complete with orange hot pants.
If a waitress gets their pantyhose ripped before a shift, she unfortunately has to for a new pair herself. If they tear during a shift, she gets a new pair for free. They even have special vending machines stocked with pantyhose.
Hooters Pantyhose Are Extremely Flammable
Apparently the Hooters pantyhose can be quite an issue. According to a former employee, the company’s specific choice of pantyhose is really flammable.
In fact, staff who wear the uniform tights are advised to stay away from the grill at least ten feet or more. Now isn’t that a health and safety nightmare!
They Are Encouraged To Sit With Customers
It might sound strange, but Hooters waitstaff is allegedly encouraged to sit down with their customers and to engage in conversation. While doing this may make some sense for a person sitting alone without company, or at a bachelorette party to add some fun, it doesn’t really work out with any customer.
As a matter of fact, it might be really awkward for some customers if Hooters girls are constantly trying to sit and chat with them, but they are obligated to.
The Wall Of Shame For Creeps
It doesn’t matter what type of creepy guy there is, the truth is that Hooters creeps come in all forms, leaving uncomfortable notes, offering their phone numbers though no one asked for them, and so much more.
At some point at one Hooters branch, the staff decided to start a “Wall of Shame” in the kitchen for everyone to share their creepy encounters and notes left by clients to laugh together about them.
People Like To Bring Their Small Children To Hooters
Like we said, Hooters has no age restriction. And as shocking as this may be, nothing stops teenagers and kids from coming into the restaurant no matter how young they are.
This former Hooters waitress pointed out that many men come in with their children to the establishment to have a “family bonding experience.” While that certainly makes some people uncomfortable, apparently, some people find it completely normal.
Advertising Hooters Merchandise Is Common
Hooters is not just famous for its tasty wings and hamburgers. Many of their establishments also sell merchandise including keychains, clothing, food products, and even glassware.
So if you love that wing sauce and you’d like to have some at home, you can actually buy it. And obviously, management really incentivizes its staff to advertise it to customers.
Customers Can Request The Server They Want
It’s safe to say that Hooters is not your regular restaurant. While the establishment does serve food and constantly shows sports, there is much more to experience there than just watching football and eating a sandwich.
Sadly, many customers only go there because of the women. Some actually have favorites and request a specific person to serve them, which doesn’t really work hand in hand with having tables assigned.
Employees May Not Eat In Front Of Customers
If you read this far, it’s clear that at least one Hooters branch has banned their staff from eating cake and wings in order to avoid their weight again. And while Hooters does feed their employees with a selected type of food, they aren’t actually allowed to be seen eating it.
A former employee has claimed that the company forbids Hooters girls from eating in front of customers because they believe that “the ideal woman” is never to be seen eating. What do you think about that?
Hooters Girls Must Follow Certain Rules
According to several ex-employees, Hooters really does have a set of rules that no other restaurant out there would ever be able to pull off. Manicured nails, no tattoos (unless they’re covered up), and a few other specific things are prerequisites for anyone to work there.
But who would have thought that having your hair up is also a big no-no at Hooters? Considering this is the food industry, most places actually demand the opposite from their waitstaff.
They Can Get Free T-Shirts At Different Locations
According to another former Hooters employee, the company has a policy that allows staff from different locations to get some benefits in other chains.
For example, if a Hooters waitress shows their paycheck stub at a location where they don’t work, they may actually get themselves a t-shirt. Each location has its own city printed on their t-shirt, which means Hooters staff can have a nice collection of T-shirts.
Hooters Girls Are Escorted To Their Cars After A Shift
Many former Hooters girls have confirmed that the company has a policy that ensures Hooters waitstaff are escorted to their cars after their shifts end.
While this was their way of taking safety measures, it’s pretty alarming that Hooters customers will actually wait around for the girls to finish their shift. While the company seems to have a policy in place, it seems like approaching the root problem could be more efficient.
They Sing “Weenie Man” At A Certain Hooters Location
While Hooters girls are expected to sing songs, especially happy birthday songs at different locations, there is one location in particular where things get pretty funky.
According to this former employee, Hooters girls would sing a song called “Weenie Man,” to whoever had a birthday, while doing a ritual that involves a hot dog, a bucket, and a little public humiliation. We hope they liked it!
Some Really Love It There
According to this former Hooters girl, working at the chain was not only lots of fun, but it was also the perfect opportunity for her to hang out with her high school friends.
She even added that serving customers on a daily basis made her feel a little bit like her customers’ psychologist. In the end, she only had good things to say about the chain, and even mentioned that in her particular branch, all body types were welcome.
There Is A Logic Behind The Different Color Name Tags
The Hooters chain has a set of rules behind basically everything that happens there. A former Hooters employee has actually shared a very specific logistical detail about the place, the reason why Hooters has name tags in different colors.
According to her, servers under the age of 21 have a white name tag, those over 21 wear an orange tag, and trainers wear gold tags. We have no idea why they would differentiate between their staff’s ages, but well, we’re just going to accept that that’s how they work.
Their Uniforms Are Special
Here’s another employee with wonderful memories of their time at Hooters. According to her, she was asked about the size of the uniform she would like, and after telling them her size, she ended up getting two sizes smaller.
She liked her uniform so much, she couldn’t bear to part ways with it and even refused cold, hard cash for it.
Everyone Should Look Similar At The Establishment
One of the reasons why Hooters insists so much that Hooters girls should be clean-cut is to keep some sort of consistency. According to management, their waitstaff has to look similar, hence the ban of tattoos and piercings.
In order to work at Hooters with a tattoo, one has to cover it to the point where no one can ever imagine that a tattoo exists.
Hooters Girls Are Not As “Girly” And “Graceful” As Some May Believe
This one is probably no surprise to any of us. A former Hooters girl shared that even though many people see them as girly and delicate, they are actually just people who love to stuff their faces with the chain’s food.
According to her, when they are not on the floor interacting with customers, they’re at the back, eating away and making jokes like the rest of the boys. We don’t see anything wrong with that!