Hooters ranks among the most popular restaurant establishments in America. In fact, it is not just a place for single men who like pretty girls and delicious wings at an affordable price, but also a delightful destination for the entire family.
Currently, the restaurant chain has branches in many cities throughout the world.
People obviously head there for some reason or another. It could be the food, the ambiance, the drinks, or the unique form of service they offer.
However, have you ever wondered what Hooters is like for the girls who work there?
There are clearly many similarities among the girls working at this restaurant, but have you ever wondered what requirements they have to meet to become the all-popular Hooters girls?
Today, you are in luck. Here are some interesting things you should know about Hooters girls, according to a former Hooters girl. Prepare to be shocked, surprised, and intrigued.
1. Personality Comes Before Experience
You may have years of experience in the service industry. Still, a less experienced girl with a better personality will get hired at your expense if she has a better personality. As far as this restaurant chain is concerned, customers want a connection with the servers, not the quality of service they offer.
2. Hooters Girls Are Technically Not Hired As "Servers"
Everyone has noticed that the waitresses working at Hooters could easily pass for models. That's no coincidence since the company hires the ladies as entertainers and not servers.
Since the girls are hired as entertainers, the restaurant chain can employ the girls based on their looks.
3. Accepted Size Of "Hooters"
Some people think that having big "hooters" should be part of the requirements when seeking a job at Hooters. However, nothing could be further from the truth.
Girls of all cup sizes have a chance of working at the restaurant. The cup size doesn't mean much to them.
4. Size Does Matter
Although your breast size won't mess up your chances of getting hired by Hooters, it can affect your experience there. Servers with larger busts tend to make a lot more in tips than their small-chested counterparts.
However, many of these less endowed women pad their bras to make sure customers give them decent tips.
5. The Girls Have To Learn To Draw An Owl In Ketchup
During their training, the girls have to learn how to make the Hooters Owl using ketchup.
6. The Dress Code
The Hooters orange shorts and white tank top are iconic. The dress code also includes sneakers and scrunched socks intended to make the legs look leaner.
Although the girls are expected to wear pantyhose, the restaurant chain does not offer them this part of the uniform. The pantyhoses must also be in "suntan" color, and no other color option is allowed under any circumstances.
Additionally, the hair must be worn down, which means ponytails are out of the question.
8. You Have To Be Made Up
The girls at Hooters need to wear makeup whenever they are on the job.
That means they have to wear mascara and lipstick, and they even explain how to put on the makeup to make it look natural while accentuating the girl's features.
The girls also have a chance to wear black on Fridays. Also, they get a costume day once a month, but they have to provide their own costume, which should match the featured theme.
9. The Girls Can Swap Tops
One of the best things about working at hooters is that the girls can swap tops. For instance, a Chicago-based Hooters girl can swap top from a girl in Boston.
So, if you see a girl wearing a top with another city's name on it, then know that she visited that location and did a swap.
10. Tough Uniform Rules
Obviously, some Hooters locations can get unusually cold, and that means the standard uniform can expose the girls to harsh weather. However, under these circumstances, they are allowed to wear long sleeves.
However, the girls have to follow another strange rule: not wearing their uniform outside of work. Technically, they are not supposed to have part of their uniform showing outside of work, as that could mean getting fired on the spot.
As far as Hooters is concerned, they have this rule as a safety measure.
11. The Girls Are Also Salespeople
To most people, Hooters girls are nothing more than waitresses making sure customers get their food and drink orders fulfilled. However, these girls also get some sales training, and they are pretty good at it.
For this extra role, they get certain perks such as getting shifts that allow them to make more money while working for the establishment.
12. Behavior Around Couples
Most Hooters girls would rather deal with college guys rather than drunks aged over 40 years. Single men often get a lot of attention from the girls.
However, when a couple walks into the establishment, the girls are instructed not to give the man too much attention, which can be seen as threatening by the female partner.
To ensure the lady does not feel like the Hooters girl is a threat, the waitress often sits next to the woman rather than the man while talking to the couple.
13. No Hugs Allowed
Some drunken customers show up at Hooters, thinking they can hug the girls and touch them as they like. However, such displays of affection are prohibited at the establishment.
14. There Is No Boredom
Hooters girls are never bored while at work. The girls can often be seen playing board games with customers.
Apparently, Hungry Hungry Hippo is quite popular at Hooters.
Since the girls are hired as entertainers, dancing is part of the job description. When things are a little slow, the girls can put on a show for the patrons.
This is not similar to boring moments when a girl might jump on a bar and do a dance.
These dances are actually fully choreographed during the girls' training. Usually, when a certain song plays during their shift, the girls have to stop whatever they are doing and do a dance.
16. "Hooters Virgins"
The girls should sing certain songs or chants in different situations, regardless of whether they can sing or not. Also, if a girl realizes that you or a friend has gone to the Hooters for the first time, then a bit of embarrassment is to be expected.
The girls sing and dance while pointing at the "virgin" to cause embarrassment. The song is similar to Hokey Pokey, which means you need to be ready.
17. No Cellphones Allowed
Hooters girls are not allowed to use their cell phones while on the floor. In fact, they cannot carry the phone in their fanny packs, and the manager can take the fanny pack and smash it against the wall if they suspect that's what you are doing.
18. The Girls Get Free Meals
As part of Hooters, the girls are offered a free meal while on their break. However, it has to be from the healthy part of the menu.
Anything else comes at a cost, although the girls get it at a small discount. However, fries are charged a full price.
Clearly, the restaurant chain goes into a lot of trouble to keep their girls healthy.
19. Employee Benefits
As you know, Hooters cares about how their servers look. Therefore, some restaurants give their employees discounts for tanning and gym memberships.
That might sound great for those who like that sort of stuff. However, for some girls, this can destroy their confidence.
So, although the company might not come out and say they need the employees to have a certain look, such offers tell a very different story.
20. The "Hi! Welcome To Hooters" Greeting
Company policy dictates that the girls welcome guests by saying "Hi! Welcome to Hooters!" as they walk in. They should say this loudly enough for you to hear it.
However, the girls have admitted that over time, the enthusiasm with which they chant this greeting goes down.
21. How Much Do The Girls Make?
Surprisingly, Hooters waitresses make as much as servers in other places. That means all they get is the minimum wage in addition to the tips they get from the customers.
22. Wives Don't Like Them
Hooters take a lot more pride in their beautiful women and fun environment than their great food. So, although the restaurant is visited by many families, not everyone is thrilled to be there.
Some female guests tend to be quite hostile towards the beautiful servers. Obviously, the girls are not so fond of these patrons either.
23. No Dating Customers
Without a doubt, Hooters girls are among the most desirable women in America. So, they get endless requests for their numbers during their shifts.
However, the company has a very strict no dating policy. So, your number will most likely get trashed before she even clocks out.
24. The Girls Often Remain Friends For Life
Obviously, since these girls share a lot in common while working at Hooters, they tend to develop pretty strong and lasting bonds. The girls learn to be there for each other regardless of the circumstances, and they can end up being friends long after they stop working at Hooters.
25. Customers Talk To The Girls
Hooters girls sometimes tend to be like bartenders. Some customers will tell them very personal stuff, expecting advice from them.
This is to be expected since the girls are encouraged to interact with the customers as part of the restaurant's experience. That has to be cheaper than therapy, obviously.
26. They Get Big Tips
Without a doubt, many of the tips the girls make have something to do with their looks and vibrant personas. While most people will tip normally, there are customers who leave big tips that make working at the restaurant worth it.
Some of these girls have even received cars as gifts, while others have been spoiled by their customers during their birthdays.
Clearly, there is never a boring day when working at Hooters.