Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Need a job? The pros and cons of being a Hooter's waitress

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 10:30 AM

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Pity the poor Hooter's waitress. Not only does she have to do the extremely demanding job of serving while wearing warning-vest-orange shorts, but lately rival chains have been swooping up loyal customers with cheaper food and even more scantily clad women.

As if that wasn't bad enough, she has to deal with a slew of corporate rules. Even down to the color of her bra.

As a current Hooter's waitress writes, the chain monitors everything.

Seemingly inconsequential things like bobby pins or elastic

hair bands are banned and grounds for termination. We can be fired

regularly for things like rolling the waistband of our shorts (some

girls who aren't as bootylicious as others do this to make their shorts

fit better), neglecting to change torn nylons, or for wearing the

wrong-colored bra (white or nude) -- and it happens regularly.

The turnover rate at Hooters is high, even by restaurant standards, but

there is always a long list of girls who are eager to fill their

places. Everyone is completely expendable.

 
Add the fact that a good portion of the customers are awkward males that the waitresses are required to talk to, and it's a wonder anybody applies for the job.

But not all is terrible in Hooterville. There are some obvious perks, including money and lots of it:

A server at Applebee's or Red Robin can expect about 15 to 20 percent,

our tips begin at 20 percent. But it's more often around 50 or 100

percent, if not more. A Hooters Girl at a high-volume restaurant may

leave for the night with several hundred dollars in her pocket.

Even if the waitress is exaggerating about 100 percent tips, one can still make a very good living off of 25 percent tips. Good enough, at least, that there are always girls ready to don the skimpy clothes.

Sadly for us men, no similar options exist. Nobody is going to give a 75 percent tip for some chicken wings delivered by an awkward teen male in tight clothing.

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