The Hooters chain of restaurants opened in the 1980s in the United States with the motto of “Good food, cold beer, sports on screen, and of course Hooters Girls.” Since then, the waitresses who work on site wear short, tight, low-cut clothes. But now a new change has occurred.
The workers themselves went to Tik Tok to complain after the company replaced the shorts, which were already small, with models that looked like panties, as reported in the videos. Not the most viewed, with 4.3 million likes and over 26k comments, the waitress with the @carrlee.j account makes fun.
The text that covers the photo reads: “When we’re hired, we’re asked to make sure our butt is covered, but now they give us that.”
The complaint reverberated and more and more of the company’s contractors felt encouraged to share their impressions of the uniform change. Student Kirsten makes one of the popular voiceovers on the platform and jokes: “We know someone named Kirsten wants to drop everything and blame the new shorts,” she says.
In another post, she wore two versions of the shorts so followers would be aware of the difference between them.
The third waitress, who owns the profile @lexiusxoxo, just made a joke “New Hooters panties have arrived,” she says while donning a bikini-like mannequin.
Far from being the brand’s first controversy, opinion has been divided on social networks. While part of the audience was surprised that these restaurants still existed in 2021 with their proposal, other people said that the girls “know where they are being hired, and if they are not happy, they should quit and seek new jobs.”
More than a week after the first publications and the issue surging in newspapers in several countries, the restaurant chain released a note saying that workers would be able to choose the outfit model they preferred.
“As we continue to listen and update the Hooters Girls image, we make it clear that they have the option to choose between a traditional outfit or a new outfit,” says the text provided to the Insider Portal. Local newspapers considered this statement as a backlash.
The memo also states that the change was made jointly with a team of employees and tested in Texas restaurants. The text also states that the company “appreciates feedback, both positive and negative, regarding a more comfortable and inclusive image policy on tattoos, jewelry, nails, and hairstyles, as well as new uniform options — to include new styles, shorts and stockings.”
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