Everyone's favorite owl-themed restaurant chain, Hooters, is as much a part of America's fabric as the Louisiana Purchase, Manifest Destiny and remembering the Alamo. But have you ever stopped ogling the waitresses long enough to wonder exactly what it's like to work there? Reddit user ashley1252 took a break from slinging wings to answer people's questions about being a Hooters waitress and it's not all orange booty shorts and creepy customers (though there is a fair share of both).
The waitstaff of Hooters will go through a casual training course to learn methods for getting better tips, as Ashley explained. "We actually go through a 'renegade hospitality course' where they teach us how to market ourselves and create mutually beneficial relationships with customers. They like when we personalize our sections (ie decorate with balloons, come up with personlized menus, etc). They want us to make the customers day: theres special birthday songs, bachelor songs, bad day songs etc."
3. There's No Specific Weight Requirement, Just Specific Shirt Sizes
There are no requirements for breast size, because that would probably result in a lawsuit. "Some of the girls are completely flat chested while some are DDs," wrote Ashley. "Relatively pretty is all thats required. Least favorite thing is the stigma that goes along with the Hooters Girl title."
As a Hooters girl, you can't stray too far from the look you had when you were hired. As Ashley explained, "They take a picture of us when we get hired and we're told that if we vary too far from the picture (weight, hair color/length) they reserve the right to fire us.They also give us a free gym membership and discounts at tanning/hair salons so we can keep up appearances."
If you're lucky enough to catch the fancy of a regular customer, you can be greatly rewarded for it. "Regulars definitely do hook it up, they always bring in food, starbucks etc," Ashley wrote. "One of my regulars has club seats at a local arena so hes given me 2nd row tickets to rascall flats and kenny chesney concerts."
Hooters customers are a specific breed of human, and it takes a strong woman to deal with a lot of the strange behavior they encounter, which unsurprisingly goes far beyond just stealing glances. "I've had a customer ask what I was eating (it was gum) and they gave me $50 for it," Ashley wrote. "They actually put it in their mouth. I ended up selling the table $300 worth of gum. Seriously."
Being a Hooters girl means getting a fair share of guys hitting on you and asking for your number. You just have to find the best way to deal with it, like Ashley did. "For the most part I'll ask for the guys [number] and then just throw it out. Sometimes you get cornered into giving out your number, but then you can just ignore the texts/calls until they get the hint. I do have guy friends who I've met at hooters who I've given my number to. Usually you can tell the super creeps and know when not to give out your number."
Many male customers will bring their girlfriends, which almost never works in their favor. "...The best thing to do is pretty much ignore the guy and be as polite as possible to the girl," she wrote. "Sometimes girls come in trying to be the 'cool' girlfriend, but end up feeling threatened and uncomfortable. Which is completely unwarranted."
Hooters waitresses despise tables full of teens, not only because they're terrible at hiding what they're looking at, but as Ashley describes, they're also cheap. "We all run when we see a table of teens. The typical orders will sound like: 'just a water and some fries'.. 'how much is a coke?' ..'can we split this?'.. 'whats the cheapest thing you have?' All you can do is get them in and out as fast as possible, no small talk."