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Restaurant chain Hooters gains more notoriety for its scantily-glad waitresses than its food. Now, a former Hooters waitress has come forward to talk about her experience there.
The woman did a Reddit Ask Me Anything about her former job. Moderators verified her identity, and we edited some of her words for clarity and language.
To start, she revealed how she got the best tips:
“I’m a big smart arse, and I can easily keep up with the guys. They LOVED it when I would come back with a quick remark, so I just never held anything back. The nice thing about working there was that I could say anything that I wanted as long as I was being genuine. I also had the best butt of the staff. It did its job.”
She addressed the rumours that Hooters will pay for breast implants:
“There is no truth in that. However, my store had a deal with a gym so we could get discounted memberships, and we often got deals on tanning. We were always trying to get them to set something up with a full-service salon so that we could get deals on hair and nail services, but that never happened.”
How much she made in a day:
“It of course depends on the day. We get paid our state’s minimum wage hourly, and tips could be $50 on a very slow night. The lowest I think I ever left with was a lunch shift where I had two tables and brought home $23. But that’s still $11.50 per table! On a huge game day I could easily make $250 or more.”
Whether she minds customers checking her out:
“A lot of gawking goes on, but really when I sit down most men are looking at my face, smiling, and waiting for me to make fun of their friend. I’ve never scoffed at a customer for glancing, even inwardly. Look what the hell I’m wearing. If I did not expect this, I have no business wearing it.”
And her worst customer ever:
“A customer straight up asked me if I would like to go on the cruise with him. I stammered out something about how I did not have break at that time. When he pressed, I just told him that I didn’t want to go on the cruise with him because I really have no idea who he is and don’t associate with customers outside of work. He finds this to be a good time to say, and I pretty much quote, ‘Well, if you ever need a few extra hundred bucks, I could rent a hotel room and we could spend some time alone together.’ I’m not sure I can describe my facial expression. I told my manager, who told him to get out and never come back.”
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