Video: Hooters boss shocked, shocked to find women exploited there

posted at 12:15 pm on February 15, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

I have to admit that the opening episode of “Undercover Boss” was pretty impressive, and more than a little touching. “Touching” isn’t the word I’d use to describe the second episode of the new CBS series, but perhaps “clueless” is. Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher scornfully replays the “gotcha” moment when the company’s CEO meets with a manager who forced his staff to play in a degrading contest to get some time off during a slack period of the day:

I get what the CEO means about respect, but come on. Nothing says “respect” like putting busty young women in short-shorts and tight t-shirts with the name “Hooters” across the bust line! The manager stepped way over the line in this case, but as Tommy says, it’s not as though the management in the stores can avoid the message they get from the top down:

Look, it’s a free country, and this is all apparently legal, but when your entire business model depends on your employees welcoming sexual advances in writing, you kinda give up the right to be shocked that your manager is a pig.

For the uninitiated, Hooters isn’t just about skimpy outfits, hot girls, and hot wings. The waitresses are required to flirt with the patrons, at least according to their 2005 handbook, which states that their “job duties require that I interact with and entertain the customers” and that the Hooters concept is “based on female sex appeal and the work environment is one in which joking and entertaining conversations are commonplace.”

If you don’t want to read through the Hooters employee handbook, just watch this clip from South Park that pretty well explains the Hooters experience:

I’ve been to Hooters twice in my life, both times dragged there by clients, and both times completely underwhelmed by the food and the, er, entertainment. If I want disingenuous brown-nosing laid on so thick that it makes me cringe, I’d rather watch a campaign rally.

Here’s a question to ponder: did CBS have so little faith in its new series that it had to put the Hooters episode on immediately after its premier? If so, too bad; the Waste Management episode after the Super Bowl really impressed me with its heart.

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I couldn’t figure out why they didn’t fire that Jimbo guy. There must be some legal reason why they couldn’t. If they could have fired him without any kind of ramifications, I’m very disappointed that they didn’t do it.

I don’t like Hooters, but to each his own.

I’ve been there a couple of times, and the only thing that impresses me is their business model. The profit that they must make at these restaurants is amazing. It always got to me that instead of napkins, they have a paper towel holder in the middle of the table, and that’s what you use. If IHOP, Applebee’s, etc., could get away with that, I’m sure there costs would go down, and their profits would go up.

Each time I went to Hooters, I was with one other guy, and I definitel was not flirted with. No money, no looks, or maybe both, I guess.

asc85 on February 15, 2010 at 2:10 PM

I took my Dad to lunch at Hooters in Fairfax Va. for his 90th birthday. He thought it was a great idea. The food sucked, service was lousy and the servers were acting like they did not want to be there. The place was full of car salesmen, mechanics and heating and A/C guys. Blue collar and they wanted to see some ya ya’s. My first and last time.

faol on February 15, 2010 at 2:10 PM

never been to one. If im going to drop $50-4100 bucks i would rather do it $1 at a time

unseen on February 15, 2010 at 2:10 PM

I’m not saying this doesn’t ever happen, but what moron would do this in front of cameras? Looks fake to me.

Ortzinator on February 15, 2010 at 2:11 PM

My assistant was a Hooters Girl.

She says it was the best time of her life. She became a trainer and traveled all over the world. She liked the other girls and her managers. She made a very good wage that helped put her through school.

The sneering from Ed is a bit incongruous, coming from a guy who pimps his show by putting Amanda Carpenter’s picture on the column heading every time he gets the chance.
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RJGatorEsq. on February 15, 2010 at 2:12 PM

4100 bucks

unseen on February 15, 2010 at 2:10 PM

What are you ordering?

;-)

notropis on February 15, 2010 at 2:13 PM

lol I know when I’m flirting and when I’m not.

I’m not talking about what you actually do but rather how what you do is perceived. You can’t possibly know if some men you waited on thought something else was going on.

And I just don’t believe you were never overly nice to customers you wouldn’t have otherwise given the time of day to if they weren’t responsible for what you made that day. That’s all Hooters girls are doing.

I didn’t just wait tables, I also worked before the resturant opened cleaning and helping to prepare the food, etc.

Yeah, pretty much all waiters do, unless you work at a really fancy restaurant where you make even more doing even less, which goes straight back to my point about not getting paid what you’re actually worth.

Fast food workers do far more in the mornings and throughout the day.

I guess my feet were sore and my back ached at the end of every shift just for the hell of it then.

beachgirlusa on February 15, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Please try and compare your pain to that of people who work for minimum wage doing largely the same job without the possibility of tips.

Look, I did that job. I know it hurts. I know it’s a pain. But that doesn’t mean your job is worth what you were getting paid. You haven’t even tried to argue that it was, because you can’t. Getting me a drink that you didn’t even have to make yourself isn’t even really worth my change. It’s something we’ve accepted though, because restaurants don’t pay their employees a fair wage.

Esthier on February 15, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Gotta agree with RJGator, Hooter’s is hardly the low point in some chicks life and Hooter’s gals don’t wear any less than women on a beach. No one would claim women wearing bikinis on a beach or jogging in shorts and a tank top are disrespecting themselves so this seems an odd stance to take.

Granted I’ve never been to a Hooters but I went to a Hooter’s knock off once. Food was brutal. But is Ed really saying the guy who owns a risque business should just accept his employees being hassled and they women kind of ask for it?

Call me a Libertarian but that’s a little too social conny for this Republican.

Rob Taylor on February 15, 2010 at 2:18 PM

My Aunt took me to a Hooters in Buffalo, New York. It’s the only one I’ve been to, but their wings were very good, and the waitress very friendly — we bought the t-shirt — with the picture on the back of an owl in a barrel going over Niagara Falls, with the title “Just a Little Bit Over the Top”.

The title seemed to be the only risque thing in the place, as there were a lot of families present. Maybe a different manager than the one in this post.

That said, Frankie and Teressa’s wings were better.

unclesmrgol on February 15, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Good grief ! Buffalo, NY home of The Anchor Bar the original Buffalo Wings and, you ate at Hooters? Ahhhhhhh…

Jeff2161 on February 15, 2010 at 2:18 PM

This is the Playboy undercover report all over again. that story helped put Gloria Steinem at the head of the Feminazi movement. Who is trying to copy her on this one?

lwssdd on February 15, 2010 at 2:20 PM

4100 bucks

unseen on February 15, 2010 at 2:10 PM

What are you ordering?

;-)

notropis on February 15, 2010 at 2:13 PM

The entire staff ? ;)

Jeff2161 on February 15, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Might as well make money where you can. (shrug)

Rightwingguy on February 15, 2010 at 1:56 PM

I really don’t see a problem with it so long as they are not actually selling their bodies.

Esthier on February 15, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Call me a Libertarian but that’s a little too social conny for this Republican.

Rob Taylor on February 15, 2010 at 2:18 PM

I’m pretty socially conservative and this is a bit overblown for me as well.

Besides, Fox News does the same exact thing, hiring a bunch of pretty women as anchors, knowing it’ll attract more viewers and yet I haven’t heard anyone here make a big deal out of that.

Esthier on February 15, 2010 at 2:26 PM

I’m not a Hooters officianado, but I do not agree with the logic in this post.

NFL cheerleaders are for entertainment and excitement purposes, but should one expect them to have to do eat beans to leave practice?

What is going on with this clip is abuse of power, not the natural consequences of flirtatiousness.

Spirit of 1776 on February 15, 2010 at 12:36 PM

+10. There’s a huge difference between asking the girls to just do their job and making them behave like animals in order to earn the right to leave early. The latter is sexual harassment straight up and personally I think the CEO should have fired the dude, not given him a second chance. That alone would have done wonders for the company’s image.

I have only been to Hooter’s once. I thought it was trashy and the food was atrocious, but I would hardly want to deny others the right to go. In comparison with some other risque establishments, Hooter’s is pretty tame. Heck I see teenage girls wearing shorts that short just walking around town in the summer. If you have a nice bod, might as well show it off while you can because age will catch up with you eventually!

And obviously it is possible to work for Hooter’s and still maintain some modicum of dignity and self-respect. The girls who worked for the female manager, who herself was a waitress at one time, seemed a lot happier and more satisfied with their jobs. As a manager, she empowered them. The other douche did the opposite; he objectified and treated them like less. Consequently, they felt that way themselves.

I think maybe the company needs to do a better job of encouraging the girls to rise up through the ranks of management so there are more stores being run by people who actually know a little something about the job. A good rule of thumb in many businesses. That and paying a little more attention to the quality in the kitchen would probably go a long way to improving the company’s bottom line.

NoLeftTurn on February 15, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Shocked, shocked I tell you to find out that pretty girls are used to sell something!

I know, I pick out places to eat not just on the size print they use in their menu calorie/carb guides, but also demand all the women there having at least a Masters.

The very thought of going to a place with pretty girls, greasy food, and did I mention pretty girls is just horrible.

My word, I think I’m getting the vapors.

TiminPhx on February 15, 2010 at 2:28 PM

I’ve been to Hooters a few times, all of them with an openly gay guy and another straight girl. Usually because it was around, it was open, and yeah. Every time we went there were at least three pregnant, waitresses OBVIOUSLY pregnant in the full Hooters get up. Hooters is kind of the place where people go for the sake of going, and then laugh about it. I don’t think the franchise itself is taken seriously. All the previous Hooters girls I’ve met have been horribly teased after leaving.
The job itself is just degrading unless you like walking around and being stared at like a piece of meat. Some people are into that.
I can’t describe to you the looks of relief when the waitresses found out our guy friend was gay (he was cute too) no flirting needed there! Sad, really.

Ingenue on February 15, 2010 at 2:29 PM

If you haven’t been to a Hooters lately, you’ll be surprised at the number of women customers in there. A friend of mine gets dragged there by his wife because she likes the wings. He said he hates having to go so often. He might have winked saying that last part. I know she likes to go because she has told me herself.

gitarfan on February 15, 2010 at 2:29 PM

That and paying a little more attention to the quality in the kitchen would probably go a long way to improving the company’s bottom line.

NoLeftTurn on February 15, 2010 at 2:27 PM

I hear a lot of good things about their wings, but I don’t like wings myself. I have been to one twice and will just say that the food wasn’t worse than anything else I’ve had a bar.

Esthier on February 15, 2010 at 2:31 PM

the food wasn’t worse than anything else I’ve had a bar.

Esthier on February 15, 2010 at 2:31 PM

I love the wording of that. If you don’t make your living as a restaurant critic, you should!

notropis on February 15, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Esthier on February 15, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Well, as I say, I’ve only been once so it’s possible my bad experience was an outlier. I like wings, but they’re not my favorite. If I want food that’s bad for me, I’d prefer Chili’s or someplace like that. Then again, I’m not into boobs; if they had waiters in tight t-shirts with bulging deltoids, I might be persuaded to make the sacrifice. ;o)

NoLeftTurn on February 15, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Go to another restaraunt called WINGERS they’ve got so much better food. I have a motto.

HOOTERS: WHERE THE WAITRESSES ARE HOT BUT THE FOOD IS NOT!

WINGERS: WHERE THE FOOD IS HOT BUT THE WAITRESSES ARE NOT!

Seriously the waitresses at wingers are all FAT. But that’s because the food is too good!

rednebulastudios on February 15, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Thinking about that place makes me laugh.

DanaSmiles on February 15, 2010 at 2:43 PM

rednebulastudios on February 15, 2010 at 2:41 PM

there’s a restaurant here that’s motto is, ‘home of warm beer and ugly waitresses’.

DanaSmiles on February 15, 2010 at 2:44 PM

I haven’t figured out how this works… I work at FedEx Office and used to work at Verizon. Now if either Fred Smith (FX) or Brian Phillips (FX Office) came to a center, everyone except for maybe the new hires would know him in a heartbeat.

As well as Ivan from Verizon, but maybe I’m giving them too much credit. But I guarantee you that any manager, even low level, would recognize a CEO quick.

jeffn21 on February 15, 2010 at 2:45 PM

[T]he waitresses at wingers are all FAT. But that’s because the food is too good!

rednebulastudios on February 15, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Is that their new ad campaign?

notropis on February 15, 2010 at 2:45 PM

I’m not talking about what you actually do but rather how what you do is perceived. You can’t possibly know if some men you waited on thought something else was going on.

These are your words from a previous post:
“Waitresses will always try and flirt a little bit no matter where they work because it gets them better tips.” Your words, not mine. I’m not an idiot and I’m a pretty good judge of character and human nature. Do you think I don’t recognise the men who flirt? Do you think I don’t recognise the women who take advantage of some men’s over-inflated egos or lack of self-esteem as the case may be? I know full well exactly how to wrap men around my finger when and if I choose and I chose not to do so. Their perception of my actions is not what you originally posted hon, sorry.

And I just don’t believe you were never overly nice to customers you wouldn’t have otherwise given the time of day to if they weren’t responsible for what you made that day.

What planet are you from? Have you never heard of people being nice to one another and considerate of one another because it’s how one was raised, because one truly believes it’s the only way to behave?

Please try and compare your pain to that of people who work for minimum wage doing largely the same job without the possibility of tips.

I don’t believe you were ever a waitress. Waitresses don’t earn the same amount, at least not when I was waitressing, they have to/hope to make up the difference in tips. I never thought this was fair because I want to tip according to service, not because I feel sorry for the person. And human nature being what is is some people never tip well or at all.

I didn’t view my job as “how many tips will I make today?”. I viewed it as something I was thankful to have, as a single parent, to provide a living for my child and myself. I happened to like the job though, I particularly enjoyed chatting with all of my customers, especially the regulars. I gave them good service because I pride myself on being a dependable, honest and hard working person.

beachgirlusa on February 15, 2010 at 2:47 PM

I always thought they didn’t wear any tops at Hooters?

sharrukin on February 15, 2010 at 2:47 PM

When it comes to wings, Buffalo Wild Wings are my favorite with Hooters a close second. Who knows, if Hooters ever started offering the boneless wings (not strips) they may take first again.

jeffn21 on February 15, 2010 at 2:47 PM

What are you ordering?

;-)

The entire staff ? ;)

LOL

beachgirlusa on February 15, 2010 at 2:52 PM

jeffn21 on February 15, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Agreed. Any everyone here is all worked up over the d-bag Hooters manager. So, the Hooters CEO goes “undercover”, and just so happens to run into the stereotypical chauvinist pig managing a store. Wow, how lucky that we got to see that on television. I mean, what were the chances of that happening?!? Scripted reality.

Neo-con Artist on February 15, 2010 at 2:54 PM

The CEO couldn’t fire Jimbo because Jimbo doesn’t work for him – Hooters is a franchise operation, so Jimbo works for the guy that owns the restaurant. HQ can put tremendous pressure on the franchise owner to do something about the situation or he might loose his franchise rights, which is what he did in the car when he called the owner.

That said, really Mr. CEO, you had NO idea how the Hooter’s girls are perceived? Maybe the slutty magazine shoots, allowing Hooters girls to be pictured in Playboy spreads, and taking a look at that stupid uniform didn’t give you a clue?

jbarkley on February 15, 2010 at 2:56 PM

LOL

beachgirlusa on February 15, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Should have said, “That’s to go!”

Jeff2161 on February 15, 2010 at 2:57 PM

jbarkley on February 15, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Hooters, as a Corporation, can also own and run stores. Not every location has to be a franchise. This isn’t made very clear in the scripted “reality” show.

Neo-con Artist on February 15, 2010 at 3:01 PM

It’s a good business model because men are easily pleased.

SouthernGent on February 15, 2010 at 3:07 PM

It’s a good business model because men are easily pleased.

I agree (although it’s not a waitressing job I personally would ever choose to do).

I’m not a man-hating/bashing radical feminazi, I like men, I think most are good guys and will show themselves to be gentlemen whether some women conduct themselves as ladies or not.

beachgirlusa on February 15, 2010 at 3:15 PM

I keep hearing guys tell me they go to Hooters strictly for the food.

That seems to be a typical female response. Well, I do go to Hooter’s for the wings and I do read Playboy for the articles. Seriously, why would I pay $7 for a Playboy when I can find much better porn on the web if I so desire? Anyone who has ever read it knows that they generally have 3 pictorials – 1 centerfold, 1 very tame d-list celeb shoot, and something like The Girls of Enron. That’s roughly 25 pages in a 120+ page issue. And, yes, I go to Hooter’s for their wings. I like the Bentley’s that much.

the wings are over breaded and greasy, trust me they are overrated.

Why do any of us need to trust you when I’m sure most have tried them for ourselves? It’s a matter of taste and I haven’t found any wings that are anywhere close to as good as their’s.

Has this place turned into LGF? Sounds like a bunch of bleeding hearts. Nobody is making these girls work there. I’m sure all of you have the right to get up and walk out the door right now if you think you’re working in a hostile work environment. No one twisted these girls’ arms and made them work there.

slug on February 15, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Never been there,never wanted to go there.It is interesting that a subject as juvenile as Hooters could generate so many comments,though.

DDT on February 15, 2010 at 3:28 PM

I’m not an idiot and I’m a pretty good judge of character and human nature.

Not calling you one. But the word flirt is highly subjective. What I mean isn’t necessarily what you mean. Maybe you don’t consider the way you handled customers as flirting, but that doesn’t mean I won’t, and I’m the one who made the comment saying that waiters flirt, so it’s my definition of the word that matters if you’re going to say I’m wrong, not yours.

What planet are you from? Have you never heard of people being nice to one another and considerate of one another because it’s how one was raised, because one truly believes it’s the only way to behave?

Being nice and being overly nice are too completely different things. Adverbs are important.

I don’t believe you were ever a waitress.

Doesn’t really matter if you do. I was, at four different places for several years.

Waitresses don’t earn the same amount, at least not when I was waitressing, they have to/hope to make up the difference in tips.

I’m aware, at least depending on where you live. Some waiters get $7 an hour plus tips (that was before minimum wage was raised above $5 though, so I imagine it’s more now). In Texas though, we got $2.13, but if the tips weren’t enough so that we made minimum wage that week, the restaurant would have to give us the difference.

Thing is, it never had to, because unless you work at a place with no business or are just horrible at your job, you’ll always make more than minimum in tips alone even without the paycheck, which usually goes to pay your taxes.

That’s what I mean about making more doing less. I’m counting the tips, because they are the bulk of a waiter’s pay.

And human nature being what is is some people never tip well or at all.

Yes, and I used to complain about that too until I realized that some other table always made up for someone else’s bad tip by being overly generous.

I didn’t view my job as “how many tips will I make today?”. I viewed it as something I was thankful to have, as a single parent, to provide a living for my child and myself. I happened to like the job though, I particularly enjoyed chatting with all of my customers, especially the regulars. I gave them good service because I pride myself on being a dependable, honest and hard working person.

beachgirlusa on February 15, 2010 at 2:47 PM

So you never went into your job thinking about the money even though you had a child to support? Sorry but I also find that difficult to believe.

The fact is that a waiter will get far more money from customers than the actual employer, so the kind of flattery (genuine or not) people usually reserve for their bosses is instead heaped on customers, because they are the ones who decide what you make that day and can make or break you for the night.

The job depends far less on what you’re actually doing, because no one would ever pay someone $10 an hour to run food and take orders.

Esthier on February 15, 2010 at 3:29 PM

slug on February 15, 2010 at 3:26 PM

I will say that the first time I saw a Playboy I was genuinely surprised at how classy the pictures were. They looked artful instead of degrading.

Though to repeat something I said earlier, this doesn’t mean I’d let my children pose for it (assuming I had children who were over 18 and wanted to pose but wouldn’t if I said not to).

Esthier on February 15, 2010 at 3:36 PM

I think it’s free enterprise, and the girls’ choice to work there. It’s not like a strip club or anything….to my knowledge. I did think the CEO was a big fake/scuzzball and that he agreed to do the show just for free advertising.

PattyJ on February 15, 2010 at 3:38 PM

I’ve tried hot wings at many restaurants and Hooters wings are still my favorite. My wife loves them, too. I think it’s a good restaurant.

The girls there don’t wear any less clothing than the girls do in the summer, so I don’t see a big deal with that.

TexasAg03 on February 15, 2010 at 3:45 PM

We don’t have a Hooters around here, and when we go out to eat it’s usually to a place that has a “Kids Eat Free” night.

When we were at Rehoboth Beach last summer, my 8 year old son saw a Hooters billboard that said, “Kids Eat Free on Tuesdays” and he (knowing my frugal tendencies) excitedly pointed out the billboard and asked if we could eat there. My husband and I emphatically said, “NO!” in unison and then laughed. Poor kid didn’t understand the joke, but liked the restaurant we chose instead…

SouperConservative on February 15, 2010 at 3:46 PM

The sneering from Ed is a bit incongruous, coming from a guy who pimps his show by putting Amanda Carpenter’s picture on the column heading every time he gets the chance.
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RJGatorEsq. on February 15, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Nooooo!!! Seeing ACarp on the homepage makes my day. She’s definitely easy on the eyes.

TugboatPhil on February 15, 2010 at 3:59 PM

So you never went into your job thinking about the money even though you had a child to support? Sorry but I also find that difficult to believe.

Every person takes a job because of the money, let’s stop being silly here. You can’t even stick by your original words, you just keep twisting around to different arguments.

the kind of flattery (genuine or not) people usually reserve for their bosses is instead heaped on customers

I don’t ass-kiss, never have, never will. If you do that’s your choice. The difference between us appears to be that you have a cynical and insincere view and demeanor towards your customers. I don’t.

beachgirlusa on February 15, 2010 at 4:00 PM

I’m not sure I understand what this blog is all about. Hooters is just another example of free enterprise. The entrepenuer that founded Hooters saw a business opportunity and developed it quite successfully. People who work at Hooters do so at their own choice just like anywhere else in the free market world. Nothing else needs to be said.

docdave on February 15, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Every person takes a job because of the money, let’s stop being silly here.

That’s precisely my point. Hooters girls are no different.

You can’t even stick by your original words, you just keep twisting around to different arguments.

I’m sticking by them. But that doesn’t mean I have to go by your definitions.

I don’t ass-kiss, never have, never will.

Not even talking about @ss-kissing. I’m merely talking about being overly friendly to the person who will pay your bills precisely because that person will pay your bills.

Just because I treat my boss differently than I treat my co-workers doesn’t mean I’m being insincere to either one. It’s about respect, not insincerity.

The difference between us appears to be that you have a cynical and insincere view and demeanor towards your customers. I don’t.

beachgirlusa on February 15, 2010 at 4:00 PM

So I’m cynical and insincere? Look, I’m being honest, and honestly, if I didn’t know that talking to my tables would get my extra money, I would have shut my mouth. Though I genuinely liked most of the customers I talked to (one even gave me a wedding present and came to the restaurant just to hand it to me), I amended my personality as a part of the job.

Because part of the job was making people comfortable and showing them a decent time.

It’s hardly uncommon, but apparently you’re wearing it as some sort of badge of honor that you’re just that nice to everyone and are completely selfless as a waiter.

I suppose you also never grat a table and never pretend to laugh at their stupid jokes about how horrible the food is when handing you an empty plate.

In which case, you’re the one exception to my first comment except that none of that proves that people aren’t overpaying you.

Esthier on February 15, 2010 at 4:19 PM

What a fat, bleeding self-deluded hypocrite that CEO is.

evergreen on February 15, 2010 at 4:24 PM

I wouldn’t eat there with Joe Biden’s mouth.

Mason on February 15, 2010 at 4:30 PM

What a fat, bleeding self-deluded hypocrite that CEO is.

evergreen on February 15, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Fat and bleeding?

Esthier on February 15, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Yes, I too eat there for the wings. I like them better than both wing stop and buffalo wild wings. The chicken they use is fresh, unlike in a lot of other places, where the wings have that stale, “chickeny” flavor. As far as flirtiness goes, the servers don’t seem to be any flirtier than the wait staff at buffalo wild wings, which is not very much at all. Just my $.02.

Red Creek on February 15, 2010 at 4:47 PM

As far as flirtiness goes, the servers don’t seem to be any flirtier than the wait staff at buffalo wild wings, which is not very much at all. Just my $.02.

Red Creek on February 15, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Which was pretty much my point really.

Esthier on February 15, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Me, I call shenanigans on the whole series.

Everyone’s lit well and the camera is not the usual shaky and at a weird angle of most undercover camera work. I guess they may have used some excuse for the cameras but that doesn’t explain how they can claim that the footage was ‘real’ or uninfluenced by the cameras. Also the idea that some CEO could just waltz in and gain employment as a menial with their obvious education and intelligence. It would scream ‘scam’ to anyone with 2 brain cells to rub together.

Another scam ‘reality show’. (Survivor isn’t much better when you really put your mind to the premise and location, you realize that it in now way resembles how anyone would act under real conditions. These ‘reality shows’ are really just a venue for amateur actors, wannabe celebrities and other assorted crazies to act out with few consequences. I believe all of them have story boards and general outlines that the various players are required to adhere to. At the very least the producers/directors of the camera crews have more influence on what goes on and what gets shown than you might think.

jcw46 on February 15, 2010 at 4:52 PM

I’m not sure I understand what this blog is all about. Hooters is just another example of free enterprise. The entrepenuer that founded Hooters saw a business opportunity and developed it quite successfully. People who work at Hooters do so at their own choice just like anywhere else in the free market world. Nothing else needs to be said.

docdave on February 15, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Exactly. Thank you.

rrpjr on February 15, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Esthier, first you say all waitresses flirt, then you say no, that’s not how I meant it. You say people offer insincere flattery to their bosses and customers, etc. etc. then you say, no, that’s not how I meant it, that’s not what I’m talking about. No offense but I can’t make heads or tails of most of your comments.

I amended my personality as a part of the job.

I didn’t. I’m very sociable. I genuinely like most people, I liked my customers and was interested in them, especially the older regulars who talked about their grandkids, etc. I didn’t find it a burden or trivial, I enjoyed it.

beachgirlusa on February 15, 2010 at 5:01 PM

The 10% unemployed should try to get a job at H00ters. Evidently, you can’t get fired for anything even it is illegal sexual harassment.

HellCat on February 15, 2010 at 5:06 PM

The sneering from Ed is a bit incongruous, coming from a guy who pimps his show by putting Amanda Carpenter’s picture on the column heading every time he gets the chance.
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RJGatorEsq. on February 15, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Classic….you are so right, Ed never misses a chance to exploit beauty and sexuality.

Went to Hooters a couple of times, the wings are great, fun atmosphere and the gals are nice, better service then most restaurants.

right2bright on February 15, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Me, I call shenanigans on the whole series.

Everyone’s lit well and the camera is not the usual shaky and at a weird angle of most undercover camera work. I guess they may have used some excuse for the cameras but that doesn’t explain how they can claim that the footage was ‘real’ or uninfluenced by the cameras. Also the idea that some CEO could just waltz in and gain employment as a menial with their obvious education and intelligence. It would scream ’scam’ to anyone with 2 brain cells to rub together.

jcw46 on February 15, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Did you watch the show, or not? This was all explained at the beginning of the show that this was NOT a hidden camera, that they were filming a documentary, etc. I’m not going to go into all the specifics, but maybe watch the show next time before commenting. And if you watched the show, you either missed the first few minutes, or just weren’t paying attention.

asc85 on February 15, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Esthier, first you say all waitresses flirt, then you say no, that’s not how I meant it.

No, I merely said your definition of flirt might not be mine.

You say people offer insincere flattery to their bosses and customers, etc. etc. then you say, no, that’s not how I meant it, that’s not what I’m talking about.

And no, I also said people offer flattery to their bosses and customers both sincere and insincere.

I’ve said that people go out of their way to make those who give them money happy.

I didn’t. I’m very sociable. I genuinely like most people, I liked my customers and was interested in them, especially the older regulars who talked about their grandkids, etc. I didn’t find it a burden or trivial, I enjoyed it.

beachgirlusa on February 15, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Fine, so you actually see these people outside of work and hang out with them or is your relationship with them purely professional? If it’s the former, then as I said earlier, you’re the exception. If it’s the latter, then it’s a job and though you’ve disagreed with me here, it’s primarily over semantics.

Esthier on February 15, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Also, beach, I’m not saying that I didn’t genuinely like my regulars. As I said, one even gave me a wedding present. That’s because I talked to her about my upcoming wedding and how I was worried about cooking for my husband who was at the time a vegetarian.

But waiting tables isn’t like a social gathering. It’s not about how comfortable and happy I am but about how comfortable and happy they are, no matter how uncomfortable or unhappy they make me (barring something that crosses the line of course).

If you treat most people you encounter like that, then you probably need to assert yourself a bit more so that you don’t get run over.

Esthier on February 15, 2010 at 6:45 PM

It was stated on the show that it was a franchise store, not a corporate store. The CEO went out to his truck to call the “owner” – which means that the CEO didn’t have the authority to directly fire that particular manager.

jbarkley on February 15, 2010 at 7:48 PM

This misogynistic POS should have been fired.

And yes, the corporate CEO certainly DOES have the authority to direct the franchise holder to fire a manager operating so far outside of established standards, (if Hooter’s has such, of course!)

Solly on February 15, 2010 at 10:06 PM

This entire show is pathetic. I watched the first episode after the super bowl and lost interest at about 2 min in. Its funny how everybody that the boss met in the first episode had a horrible life and the boss really learned something from each of them. Best part is when the boss goes to the weighing center and forgets how to work a computer all of a sudden.

Neo-Chase on February 15, 2010 at 10:20 PM

My Aunt took me to a Hooters in Buffalo, New York. It’s the only one I’ve been to, but their wings were very good, and the waitress very friendly — we bought the t-shirt — with the picture on the back of an owl in a barrel going over Niagara Falls, with the title “Just a Little Bit Over the Top”.

The title seemed to be the only risque thing in the place, as there were a lot of families present. Maybe a different manager than the one in this post.

That said, Frankie and Teressa’s wings were better.

unclesmrgol on February 15, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Sadly, that Hooters is closed. I’ve also eaten there, back in the days of the “Rush Rooms” that appeared for a short time in many conservative-owned eateries. The food was actually quite good, and the “Rush Room” was the private area in the back lined with pictures of the Hooter girls from all over the country. Sitting there listening to Rush Limbaugh piped in with great food and images of beautiful women all over the walls around me with a really cute waitress; That was a VERY unique and quite enjoyable experience. I suppose if I could have had a cigar it would have been perfect, but you can’t have everything.

Glad to see that you appreciate Anchor bar wings. They are the original! (Although Duff’s Sheridan Patio is a very close second!)

wearyman on February 15, 2010 at 11:17 PM

Best part is when the boss goes to the weighing center and forgets how to work a computer all of a sudden.

Neo-Chase

I liked the part where he couldn’t even fill a trash bag 1/4 full in 10 minutes. This show is so full of crap, lol.

xblade on February 15, 2010 at 11:37 PM

Went there once, didn’t have a good wings experience; also, service was nowhere to be found even though there were girls standing around with nothing to do. I was in a tourist-trap location though so that probably had something to do with it — am guessing the average location is much better.

(Besides, that owl meat was kinda tough ;)

RD on February 16, 2010 at 5:12 AM

If you haven’t been to Twin Peaks, check it out. It’s like Hooters if David Lynch had designed it. The food is actually quite good and the beer is definitely colder.

Kafir on February 16, 2010 at 9:27 AM

“Mammalian hypertrophy? Wha dat?”

mojo on February 16, 2010 at 10:24 AM