Hooters was sued today in Michigan for allegedly violating a state law that bars discrimination on the grounds of religion, race, age, sex, height and, yes, weight.
Cassandra Marie Smith, 20, alleges in her complaint that she began working at a Hooters in 2008. At the time, she weighed 145 pounds. In a performance evaluation this month, she claims, restaurant management advised her “to join a gym in order to improve herself and her ability to fit into the extra small-sized uniform. “The official uniform for Hooters waitresses, she claims, comes in 3 sizes: extra extra small, extra small, or small. ”
Smith alleges she was advised to sign an agreement placing her on a 30 day “weight probation” as a condition of retaining her employment. She was 5’8 and 132.5 pounds at the time of the evaluation.
Smith claims she was unable to return to Hooters after the humiliation of being put on weight probation. She seeks in excess of $25,000 along with an injunction against the company. – Wall Street Journal
This is a no-brainer. I side with Hooters on this one. The people who would claim they go to Hooters for the food are descendants of the same shit-shovelers who said they purchases Playboy for the in-depth sports coverage. You go for the show, the eye candy with your burgers. Lard ass wait staff need not apply. There’s always Checkers, Olive Garden, and biker bars, where excess flesh is admired (particularly when tattooed and/or pierced).
Did she think Hooters was all about owls, not areolas?
Shallow? Discriminatory? Mean-spirited? Okay. But that’s the cost (and privilege) of doing business. In that establishment, where it’s just as important to stimulate customers’ libidinous juices as their salivary glands, a fat waitress is as off-putting as a roach leg in the salsa. It’s the same reason ugly lumpy people don’t model clothing, and short men don’t get elected. In lots of businesses, looks count If you don’t like it, go work for the post office.
Did I mention my barber is bald as Sinead O’Conner? However, he lets his clipers do the whining.