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Hooters built an empire by hiring young and attractive waitresses. But a former server told us there’s a lot people get wrong about the 450-restaurant chain.
Brittany, 28, told us everything she knows about about working at Hooters.
She addressed breast size requirements, what customers are like, and how she was taught to succeed.
NOTE: We only used Brittany’s first name to protect her identity.
A: It was just like any other restaurant. You fill out an application and they talk to you, you wear what you want. I didn't have to try on the uniform or anything.
A: No, the funny thing is that I was about the smallest bra size you could be when I worked there. A lot of my coworkers were flat-chested as well. I never heard about any kind of standard and you didn't have to have a big chest to work there.
A: Yeah, in their own way. It's not like everyone was blonde and tan. Our clients all had different tastes and I would say that there was someone for everyone. We had all kinds of women, with different races and features.
A: No, they never paid for that. Maybe if you got enough tips you could choose to use it toward that. But Hooters wouldn't sponsor it.
A: Hooters wanted you to get a lot more personal with customers. We were encouraged to sit down, talk to them, get to know them. You were supposed to build a personal relationship that I don't think is encouraged as much at other places.
A: Hooters calls it the 'hands-off approach.' We're supposed to always pour their beers, open every container make sure they don't have to do anything but eat. It's supposed to be as relaxing as possible.
A: The vast majority of my customers were regulars. We had the same people coming in every night. Maybe it got busier on big game nights, but for the most part I knew everyone.
A: Yeah, all the time. But I've worked at a lot of restaurants and it happens everywhere. Maybe slightly more at Hooters, but it's not unusual at other places.
A: I'm 5'10'', white, about 130 pounds. Sometimes my hair is blonde and sometimes it's brown.
A: Like any place where you put girls together, there were a few disagreements. But for the most part, we were like a bunch of sisters, I think it was like a sorority. We all hung out outside of work.
A: Oh, yeah. We had families all the time. It's a very kid and family-friendly environment. Wives, girlfriends, kids, not all the customers are men.
A: Once you're inside, you're fine. But in the winter you'd just have to wear warm clothes to work and change once you got there. You wear the same uniform every day of the year: tank top, shorts, tights and socks.
A: The girls I worked with were all very intelligent. They were going to school and just working at Hooters as a way to make ends meet.
A: People act like working at Hooters is a stepping stone to becoming a stripper. That isn't true at all. No one there is using their bodies to make money, they're just servers in a restaurant. Like anyone, they're working toward a better life.
A: No. Maybe slightly more, but nothing too significant. Your salary there is pretty comparable with other sit-down, chain restaurants.
A: Absolutely, it was one of the best times in my life. I got to make some great friends and gain some valuable experience in the restaurant industry. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
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