Some things are just polite to do because they’re more hygienic. For example, covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. That’s something that this mom seemed to have a little confusion about.
We understand that you don’t want to get the kids’ hands dirty but surely washing them afterward or sneezing or coughing into a tissue has to be better than this? Needless to say, it led to a lot of sharing of illnesses when the family came to visit.
Don’t Say Fart
There are some words that you might not be allowed to say growing up. We aren’t just talking about the more adult curse words that might get you in trouble.
Some families don’t like it when their kids use “gross” words. So, for manner’s sake, they don’t let their kids say things like “fart.” What do you say instead? When this person was growing up, “fluff” was apparently a common exchange.
Don’t Do it Either
We’ve already talked about how some people think that “fart” is just one of those words that are too gross for a kid to say. That’s where supplementary words come in.
We can see where this rule comes from — don’t stink up the dinner table. Of course, this only really works if this is a household where you can easily excuse yourself from the dinner table for a moment mid-meal. Otherwise, dinner could be a bit uncomfortable.
What an Alternative
There are a few treats that parents might forbid in their house for various reasons. For some reason, this kid wasn’t allowed to chew gum.
However, it seems that he found an alternative to give him a sweet, chewy effect — although we’re not sure how appetizing it sounds. As for the Halloween part, we understand not participating but yelling at trick-or-treaters who don’t know your views is a bit much.
Time for Bed
There are some rules that most kids have growing up. A lot of parents enforce a bedtime to make sure their kids get enough sleep each night.
However, at a certain age, you usually have the freedom to control your own bedtime… unless you have these parents. It seems that they took bedtime seriously, even when their son was a legal adult staying with other people! This seems like a bit much.
A Bit Bizarre
There are certain dishes that you might have a specific dish for. For instance, some people break out their nice dishware for big family dinners. What about bagels? For this family, only one paper towel would do.
The rules were simple — don’t eat or reheat your bagel on anything other than the paper towel. We’re a little concerned that there was only one paper towel for this rather than grabbing a new one each time. What if you get cream cheese on it?
Sitting down for dinner and realizing you forgot something can lead to a moment of frustration. If you still have a family member in the kitchen, you might call out and ask them to bring you something.
That’s not exactly what was happening in this family. No matter if his wife and adult children were in the middle of their own meals, he wasn’t going to be interrupted by the inconvenience of getting up. If he forgot something, it was their problem.
(Don’t) Stay Hydrated
Oftentimes, parents have to really remind their children to drink enough water. Especially when they’re playing outside, it’s important to stay hydrated! That’s not exactly what this mom thought.
If you wanted water, you were allowed one glass and then it was all 7-Up. Why? Well, she thought that the water would dilute the nutrients in their bodies. Needless to say, water is good for you, despite what this house rule suggests.
Why Can’t You Watch This Show?
A lot of kids have limited options as to what to watch on TV. Parents may even enforce these rules with parental controls to make sure kids can’t watch the content.
For this family, that was none other than Spongebob Squarepants. Most parents make these rules based on how appropriate the content of the show is, usually referring to jokes in the show. However, this family had a unique reason they avoided the classic cartoon.
Taking Some Time
Cereal is a favorite for breakfast and even snacking in households nearly everywhere. Yet, if you use milk, you probably have a bowl of milk left at the end.
Of course, you could pour it out but it’s a delicacy all in its own right. So, why wouldn’t you just bring the bowl to your lips and slurp away that cereal milk? Well, maybe your grandfather has a rule that slows down that process a bit.
A Cruel Rule
Parents provide a lot to their kids. It’s not cheap to have kids but that’s something that you take on when you become a parent, even if it isn’t always easy.
It’s hard and sometimes you can need a little help. Holding your kids’ expenses over their heads like this by running a “tab” throughout their lives is a bit horrific. It seems like it caused the kids a lot of stress, too!
Mom, Come Get Me!
Some parents go the extra mile to make sure that their kids don’t touch adult substances. Sometimes, measures can be a bit extreme, though.
Not only not allowed to touch or drink this adult drink, but this kid also wasn’t even supposed to think about it. So, when they went to someone else’s house and saw one, they just couldn’t handle it. It freaked them out too much to even stay!
Watch Out for the Feet!
This stepmom had a rule that seems to be related to a pretty intense fear. According to this kid, she had a real fear of plantar warts.
In fact, it was so bad, she was pretty convinced that anyone who wasn’t in the household was dealing with the condition. It was to the point that she wasn’t going to let anyone go barefoot, even if that meant keeping their socks on if they wanted to go for a swim.
Keeping Things Strict
Different families and households handle hygiene differently. However, some really stand out for their bizarre and strict rules and this household definitely counts.
To start, a five-minute timed shower would be difficult, especially if you weren’t used to rushing that fast. Then, when it came to sanitary products, throwing them away wasn’t enough. This dad thought incinerating them was the only way to go. That seems a little awkward…
When you sneeze or need to blow your nose, you probably reach for a tissue. If one isn’t immediately available, though, a paper towel will work. Well, not in this household.
When this person blew their nose into a towel and threw it away, their friend was really unsettled about how their mom would feel about it. However, we have to wonder how she would feel about the plumbing problems this could cause compared to a towel in the trashcan.
A Little Literal
If you hear someone talk about processed food, they’re probably talking about food with a lot of processed ingredients that they don’t approve of. What they aren’t talking about is food that’s been in a food processor.
This tool isn’t for creating “processed” food — it’s for essentially chopping the food you put into it into teeny, tiny pieces. Watch out for the microwave, while you’re at it, it seems. In case it’s needed, “nuking” your food is a saying.
There are some things that are really cool to go to your friend’s house for the first time and see. After all, how many people have a pool table to play in their homes?
At this house, though, the rules might have made things a little less fun. It seems like the entire game had been reengineered to avoid this mom acting like a sore loser. Why play hard if the cards are already stacked against you like this from the start?
Not everyone has an extra set of dishes they pull out when company comes over. Even if you live alone, one duplicate of each piece of dishware is a bit tight. It’s especially ridiculous if you have a family of five!
And this guy wasn’t about to let the women and children eat first either. In fact, the youngest had to wait until last, working down from him, of course. All in all, these rules don’t bring to mind the best living conditions.
Not Actually for Sitting
What is a sitting room? Well, as the name suggests, it’s a room that just has places to sit. Here, you can talk, read, or whatever you might want a quiet, comfortable room for.
At least, that’s what a sitting room is used for in most houses that have them. As for this household, the mom kept the sitting room for show. If a guest actually sat there, she wasn’t afraid to get a little nasty herself.
A Backfiring Plan
Vacuuming your carpet is satisfying, especially if you’re someone who really likes to see the tidy vacuumed lines in the carpet when you’re done. However, having paths like this is a lot stricter than most.
Plus, it’s not really a great plan for saving your carpet. Sure, those parts will always look nice and vacuumed but you’ll have an uneven wear on the paths you have everyone use every day — and that’ll only become more noticeable over time.
Maybe You Misheard That
You may have heard someone say that if you want to go swimming, you shouldn’t do it within 30 minutes of eating. That’s not true but that’s not the point here.
It seems like this mom heard this old wives’ tale and took it to the extreme. This is the sort of thing that might happen if you put the original concept through a game of Telephone. It took until adulthood for this person to realize the rule was odd, though.
When kids are really young and just starting to eat solid foods, it’s really common for parents to chop the food for them. You might even do this until they can use a knife themselves.
By 11 years old, though, most kids are trusted to cut up their own food. Not in this household, however. The rule was all the food was chopped up before serving, no matter the age. The cameras really pushed things over the edge for this dad and we can see why.
In most households, you might really see the phrase “whistle while you work” at play. Maybe someone is idly whistling a tune while they sweep or wash the dishes. There’s a difference in this household.
If you were whistling, it was a sign that you were calling someone into the room. There’s nothing wrong with this rule but it definitely stands out as one of the more unique ones. We hope everyone knew how to whistle.
Everyone has their own personal décor style that they bring into their own home. A lot of people do things like paint the walls and choose furniture they love.
In some houses, you might even find candles or artwork on the walls. Not here. This family didn’t want to keep any artwork, posters, or even family pictures on the wall. On top of that, no candles either. This is minimalism to the extreme.
We can see why lightning is scary. While your odds of getting struck by it are low, it can have really devastating and even fatal effects on a person.
We can see where this mom was going with the idea of the wired phone, even if the odds of it happening are probably ridiculously low. On the other hand, after the phone was completely cordless, how exactly did she expect the lightning to reach them? We’re absolutely sure this is impossible.
While cooking can be fun and eating is undeniably great, the dishes that you have to do are a pain. However, it’s only hygienic to wash your dishes.
Naturally, you’d probably also think that your friend was trying to skip a step in a very obvious way if they did this. Yet, we can’t imagine how the dishes must have looked if this was a long-standing rule. We’d probably eat before heading over, too.
There are some sayings that you might hear a lot as you grow up. We’re sure that this was a long-standing exchange between them, not just a new thing.
These grandparents didn’t enforce a curfew but they did make sure that their grandson had a reminder every time he left the house. As a matter of fact, if this person was visiting, they had to participate in the household ritual as well before heading out the door.
If you worked for a Pepsi factory, would you eventually get sick of the product? Apparently not, if you’re this father, at least. The ground rule here was that the loyalty to Pepsi wasn’t just something during work hours.
They were dead serious that no Coca-Cola products were going to enter their house. Even a drink that wasn’t specifically Coke but one of their brands was completely forbidden before this person was allowed to even come in.
What Happens Here?
Some people have certain rules about who can visit their house. For instance, maybe you like to meet new friends outside the house before you invite them over for dinner.
As for this mom, the rule of thumb was to not let anybody in if they didn’t have insurance. This rule leaves us with so many questions. Did any type of insurance count? Is this a case of classism or is can something horribly violent occur when you visit?
Think About the Cats
We’ve already seen a few examples of shows that kids couldn’t watch growing up. Parents ban these shows for literally all sorts of reasons.
Of course, parents probably don’t want their kids to watch something that offensive to specific demographics. After all, you don’t want your kids repeating jokes like that! In this case, the demographic that this mom was worried about was notably feline. Cats are great but they probably don’t get offended by cartoon mice.
A Little More Than “Complaining”
“No complaining” is already an intense rule. How are you supposed to communicate that you aren’t feeling well or share information about a bad day? This rule doesn’t stop being a bit much there.
It seems that there wasn’t much that these kids could say that their mother wouldn’t classify as a forbidden “complaint.” Some of these really don’t make sense — like just asking questions or even complimenting each other. Plus, it seems like the punishment never totally fit the “crime.”
Is It Breakfast?
There are some drinks that people think of as morning drinks. This might bring to mind the coffee or orange juice that you have with breakfast.
For this kid growing up, orange juice was strictly for breakfast too. That meant if you wanted some juice in the afternoon, you were out of luck until the next morning. In addition, you have to grab the right glass for your orange juice too.
3 O’Clock Cutoff
There are a few things that most parents don’t have. For instance, in a job, you have a time that you get off and no one can reach out. The same isn’t true for parenthood.
That is, it usually isn’t. It seems like this dad was determined to get a good bit of “me time” each day. If these kids needed help with anything, they better catch him before 3pm. That seems a bit hard on school days!
I Mean, I Guess…
There are a lot of parents who don’t want their kids on the phone all night long. This has become even more prevalent with the popularity of cell phones.
As for this family, they were off the phone by 10 o’clock at night, no matter what. It’s really these “no matter what” conditions that stand out. When this kid asked a rather fair question about handling emergencies, they were met with a pretty harsh answer.
A Bit Uncomfortable
Some rules are easy to see where they came from and why parents have them in place. As we’ve seen, others really step beyond that line.
If you wanted to dine with this family, you were welcome to pull up a chair like normal. On the other hand, the family that lived there on a day-to-day basis flipped the cushions out of the way. Maybe it’s to keep them from wearing out but it seems a bit uncomfortable!
There was a time that you couldn’t turn in any direction without running into one of those famous “Got Milk?” posters advocating for you to get more calcium and, more importantly, buy more milk.
That was something that these parents, like many, bought into. So, it was two cups of milk a day for their kids. It seemed that adults magically didn’t need that calcium anymore, though. We’re sure that had nothing to do with their hatred for the drink.
All in the Hair
There are quite a few things that parents have rules about when it comes to what they deem appropriate for their children to watch or wear.
As for this woman, she had some strict rules about her hair when she was young. We’re not so sure what’s so inappropriate about loose hair but apparently, these parents weren’t about to let their daughter leave the house without some hairclips in.
Don’t Say That!
If you’ve ever played a video game, you’ve probably also died in a video game. No one magically starts out being good at a game, especially when you’re still young.
For this mom, hearing the kids yelling about dying over and over again was, understandably, distressing. That’s something this person admitted but they were also really frustrated at the time when they had to come up with workarounds to avoid saying that they “died” in the game.
A lot of people own plants and take their job of caring for them very seriously. This dad took his care of the plants especially seriously.
This person said they destroyed a lot of plants growing up and it must have been quite a few to warrant this level of suspicion. The rule wasn’t only that you should never touch the plants but that even looking at them too long would raise red flags for him.
If you play a board game at someone’s house, you might learn that they play things differently. Some families might come up with their own “house rules.”
Monopoly is a long-played game among families so, once in a while, people might find ways to spice it up. As silly as it might seem to some, this family decided that the taxes in the game should actually go somewhere. That would make landing on “free parking” all the more exciting.
Okay, It’s a Fruit
There aren’t many reasons that you would ban a fruit from your home. Really, the only reason to do this is if you have a serious food allergy. This mom had quite an idea about what bananas were.
While there might be some suggestive jokes about them, this is a bit far, isn’t it? What bananas actually are is a great source of potassium, which this person said they really could have used at the time.
So Many Banana Rules
We wouldn’t think that bananas were so controversial but it seems like there was more than one household who found them offensive. This mom at least allowed them to have bananas in the house.
As far as enjoying them, they weren’t quite as enjoyable by the time she’d actually let anybody eat them. We’re pretty sure we can tell why no one wanted to eat the bananas at that point.
There are some rumors about food that it’s hard to tell where they got started. We have no idea what this person thought they knew about egg yolks.
What exactly would make the yolk of the eggs poisonous? Is this a worry for salmonella and, if it is, wouldn’t the white of the egg be a problem too? This is one rule we’d love to hear a real explanation for.
Can’t Even Look at Them
We all have something that we can’t stand. Maybe a TV show grates on your nerves or a crooked piece of art is the sort of thing that you can’t stop noticing.
This dad knew exactly what he hated more than anything: feet. He hated feet so much, in fact, that he didn’t even want to look at them. As such, wearing socks became a house rule, especially anytime he was around.
Even Stricter Bedtimes
The other story about bedtimes already shows a pretty strict rule. Yet, this rendition is strict and falls over right into downright creepy territory. For one, it would be hard to fall asleep with someone brooding over you like this.
Plus, interrogating someone like this is intimidating and unnecessary. Driving by someone else’s house like this would raise red flags to any other parents! We’re not surprised this mom was so freaked out about his behavior.
The first Hooters restaurant opened up on April Fool’s Day 1983. The founders didn’t actually think their restaurant would take off, but now there are over 400 of them all over the world. But, what’s it like to actually be a Hooters girl?
From the Jump Start
All right, let’s kick things off with the Hooters jump start. Before a shift, Hooters staff members get together and go through a couple of checks — makeup, styled hair, and painted nails. For a place that serves food, isn’t this a little odd?
Not Raking it In
Shamefully, wait staff doesn’t make a lot of money, especially in the USA where they have to rely on tips to bulk up their wage. According to this former Hooters employee, Hooters girls made a measly two bucks per hour. Seriously, that’s not even enough to buy a bus ticket to work.
However, this former employee points out that staff members make more money when doing promotional work. This could include driving around in a golf cart, or posing for pictures with the public.
Say That You’re Smart
For restaurants like Hooters, the brand relies on hiring a certain type of Hooters girl. For the chain, their ideal waitress appears relatively clean-cut — no tattoos or piercings — but also a “good-time girl.” In fact, in the qualifications section in the Hooters girl job advert, it says “Ability to Maintain Attractive Fit & Image.”
However, the company clearly wants their staff to seem like more than just pretty faces. That’s why they told this former employee to talk about college.
Hula Hoop for Hooters
It should come as no surprise that Hooters can be pretty problematic when it comes to hiring practices. After all, if one of your job criteria is the ability to maintain attractiveness, there’s going to be a lot of people keeping an eye on how you look.
This former Hooters girl didn’t exactly have a normal interview when they applied to work at the restaurant. She was asked to hula hoop and then hired with no further questions. Is it just us or is that a little icky?
You Gotta Get Good Grades
Nowadays, lots of companies use secret shoppers to make sure that their establishment is running as it should be. In Hooters, this means sending in a secret shopper to make sure that staff members are seating and seeing to customers in a timely manner.
It looks like Hooters is pretty serious when it comes to their secret shoppers. According to this next story, several good waitresses lost their jobs because they didn’t adequately impress the mystery shopper.
Alpha Sigma Hooters
Despite the fact that Hooters asks a lot of its waitstaff, lots of former employees seem to have had a good time working there. Sure, the place is full to the rafters with creeps and oddballs, but it can also be a fun working environment full of like-minded women.
This former Hooters girl was with the chain for six years, and felt like she was in a sorority. Hey, being Hooters girls is definitely a shared connection.
Shrimp Tail Tips
Naturally, working at Hooters comes with its fair share of creepy customers. It’s just part and parcel of the gig, and rather unavoidable when all of your waitstaff wear tiny uniforms. However, with creeps come cash, as this next story shows.
This former Hooters employee used to make $100 for peeling an elderly man’s peel and eat shrimp for him. Sure, that might not sound that creepy, but we wouldn’t peel someone else’s shrimp for anything less.
Hooters Paid for My College
Impressively, Hooters has a college reimbursement program that rewards staff members who go through higher education. This scheme kicks in once you’ve been with the company for six months.
From what we can gather, college students working at Hooters submit their grades to corporate at the end of each semester, and they take into consideration course hours, work hours, and GPA. After that, you can get up to $1,000. This is the one case where we think other companies should follow Hooters’ lead!
Wanna See My Album?
People who’ve worked in the service industry know that you come across rather a lot of strange folks. Let’s be honest — the world is absolutely bursting with strange folks, so it’s no surprise that lots of them attend a restaurant with women wearing tiny shorts.
The Hooters regular mentioned in this post is clearly a huge fan of the chain. This customer had a whole photo album dedicated to photographs of himself with Hooters girls from around the country.
Get the Greeting Down
As with most chain restaurants, Hooters has a particular formula for how its floor staff should greet customers. To begin with, the Hooters girl must introduce themselves and write their name on a napkin.
Then, they offer customers some Hooterade, and tempt them with one of the restaurant’s appetizers. For the record, some greasy Hooters appetizers include the Bacon Wrapped Wings, Lots-A-Tots, and Chicken Chips. This means that if you visit any Hooters location, the greeting should be the same.
Sorry, It’s Just Salads
It’s good to know that Hooters provide their staff with a free meal while they’re working. However, at Hooters, women’s appearances matter more than their appetites, so the restaurant couldn’t risk its Hooters girls chowing down on wings and cake every shift.
At the Hooters branch this person worked at, management only allowed the waitresses to eat salad or wraps. In a workplace like Hooters, profit is related to staff’s appearance, so this is what ends up happening. Give them their wings!
Time for a Singalong
As with many American restaurants, the waitstaff at Hooters is expected to sing for customers on special occasions. The song differs at various locations, with some Hooters girls singing “Happy Birthday” while others dance to the “Hokey Pokey” or “The Chicken Dance.”
According to this former employee, most Hooters girls absolutely hated singing for customers. In fact, these waitresses were willing to give up their tips to get someone else to take their spot. We can’t say we blame them!
It’s a Family Affair
For some reason, Hooters is considered a reasonable place to bring small children. That’s right — the restaurant named after women’s body parts doesn’t have an age restriction policy, and no one seems to care.
Even more strangely, this former Hooters girl says that she and her colleagues often posed for photographs with babies. We would love to know what was going through a new mom’s head as she handed her infant to a Hooter’s girl for a snap. But hey, who are we to judge?
For Hooters Girls Only
Because Hooters is all about the appearance of its waitstaff, the famous Hooters girl uniform comes with its own set of rules. After all, Hooters girls have to stay rare and mysterious, or else anyone could just pop on a pair of orange hot pants and start serving wings.
This means that Hooters girls cannot be seen in their uniform outside of the restaurant. And, more importantly, they absolutely cannot lend their outfit to friends for costume parties.
The Van Gogh of Hooters
When it comes to unusual customers, there’s no limit on just how unusual a person can be. Sure, anyone can wander in and make a creepy comment or two, but can anyone walk in and draw a portrait of a Hooter’s girl on the spot? Nope.
According to this post, a regular customer used to look up Hooter’s girls on Instagram, draw them, and then give it to the woman in question. This guy might have had good intentions, but that doesn’t make it any less unsettling.
As Real as it Gets
As well as being all about attractive women and wings, Hooters is also pretty into sports. The restaurant chain is covered in large TVs showing whichever sports match is on, and they offer special bundles during games. According to this former Hooters employee, UFC fans were the best sports fan to host.
Apparently, UFC fans are big tippers, whereas WWE fans are cheapskates. Hey, don’t shoot the messenger — that’s just what we heard!
Passing the Pickle
From what we can tell, Hooters can be a pretty fun place to work at. Depending on who your colleagues are and whether you all get along, working at the restaurant chain can certainly be a bonding experience.
Here, a former Hooters employee reveals one of the weird games the staff would play while working at the restaurant. Apparently, during a pickle race, one woman would run with a pickle in her mouth and then pass it, relay-style, to the next person.
Looking Out for Each Other
It goes without saying that Hooters girls are subjected to some pretty nasty behavior. And as a heads up — this next story is particularly nasty. According to this former Hooters girl, a customer came in one day and started spraying the restaurant’s wooden stools with a spray bottle.
No managers were around to spot this odd behavior, and eventually, a server was severely burned after sitting on one of the stools. Thankfully, the cops were called, and the women supported each other.
No Changes Allowed
Here’s yet more evidence that working at Hooters can be a little bit iffy. And by iffy, we mean cruel and dehumanizing. This former Hooters girl clearly remembers her job interview for the chain, where a manager treated her like a piece of meat.
When this former employee said that they’d like a size medium uniform, her superior refused and gave her a small instead. Then, they took a picture and threatened to use it as an attractiveness yardstick. Gross!
Dressed to the Nines
Obviously, women that work at Hooters have to look a certain way — that’s the whole premise of the restaurant. Of course, Hooters girls wear tank tops and tiny orange hot pants, but they also have to keep the rest of their appearance in check.
According to this former Hooters employee, Hooters girls had to wear a minimum amount of makeup, have their hair down and styled, and have their nails a particular range of colors. That sounds like an awful lot of work just to go to work!
It’s a Hooters XXXS
Speaking of uniform sizes, Hooters doesn’t actually provide workers with the option of wearing a size medium. Instead, Hooters girls can choose between XXXS, XXS, XS, and S. Of course, this is because the brand doesn’t want to accept that it would hire anyone that actually wore a size medium or large. The horror!
By rebranding their uniform sizes, Hooters can continue their fantasy of only hiring extra tiny women. If their largest employee is a size small, they maintain the Hooters girl image.
Hooters Prefers Blondes
And speaking of the Hooters girl image — the company seems to have a preference for ladies with blonde hair. Of course, society tells us that blondes have more fun, and there’s certainly more of a stereotype associated with having blonde hair. Didn’t you know that brunettes are boring killjoys? Haven’t you seen any romcoms?
This former Hooters employee didn’t get the job when she applied with dark hair, but she was hired straight away when she went blonde. We can’t say we’re surprised.
More Than a Pretty Face
This next bit of insight from a former Hooters employee seems to back up some of what we’ve learned so far. This former Hooters girl and corporate trainer confirms that the company plays a pretty paltry wage, claiming they earned under three dollars per hour.
On top of that, this employee reveals that it’s actually difficult to maintain a perfectly styled appearance in sweltering heat while scrubbing toilets. They didn’t exactly appreciate their less than perfect-looking male bosses telling them to lose weight.
Hooters Judge and Jury
We weren’t surprised at all to learn that Hooters employees aren’t allowed to sue the company for harassment. If that wasn’t the case, Hooters would have been gone a long time ago. However, we were surprised to learn how the company settles such issues. We’ll be honest, we didn’t exactly foresee “Hooters Court.”
Incredibly, this former employee claims that Hooters created its own internal justice system where employees served as a jury. As this person points out, Hooters Court basically did nothing.
The Candy Man Is Here
Remember the creepy child catcher character in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? That’s what first came to mind when we read this post about a regular Hooters “candy man.” While the fictional child catcher lures kids in with a van supposedly full of candies, the Hooters counterpart demanded hugs in return for his sweet treats.
Personally, we’d rather buy our own candy than press ourselves against a weird candy-carrying man, but hey, to each their own.
Inhale at Your Own Risk
We’ll admit that this next bit of Hooters insight made us chuckle. Whilst many people like to think that attractive women are a special unique breed, it turns out that they’re actually human beings like everyone else. And, this means that they’re just as gross as everyone else too.
Supposedly, some Hooters waitresses chow down on greasy wings while on their break, and then share the gassy after-effects when they’re back on the restaurant floor. Bon appétit, folks!
Time for Fun and Games
We’ve heard about the Hooters pickle race, so we can’t say we’re surprised to find out that this particular branch let waitstaff pick sections by playing games. We’re pretty on board with the idea of a bunch of Hooters girls running around having a great time, but we’re less impressed with the end of this anecdote.
According to this former Hooters girl, when the staff didn’t want to participate in a dance-off, they were all punished. Not cool Hooters!
Watch Out for Weight Warnings
As we know, working at Hooters is all about your physical appearance, and the scrutiny doesn’t stop once you’ve passed the job interview. According to this person, employees who had gained weight were given two warnings before getting fired. That’s a pretty unpleasant way to find yourself out of work!
Interestingly, while Hooters do fire overweight (by their standards) staff, they don’t fire pregnant people. In fact, Hooters girls with a bun in the oven get their own special uniform.
The Tights Are on You
You may have noticed that Hooters girls wear a particular style of pantyhose. Rather than go bare-legged, the skimpily dressed waitresses wear fairly thick, shiny, natural-colored tights. The thing is, if your pantyhose ripped before your shift, you had to shell out for a new pair from the vending machines.
However, if your tights managed to rip during a shift, the company had to pay for the replacement pair. Naturally, this led to a little bit of trickery.
Warning, Extremely Flammable
Since we’re already talking about Hooters pantyhose, let’s just go the whole hog and find out all we can. According to this next post from a former Hooters employee, the hose worn as part of the company uniform is extremely flammable.
We’re not just talking regular flammable here. Apparently, staff wearing Hooters uniform tights aren’t allowed within 10 feet of the grill. That sounds like a pretty ginormous health and safety issue from where we’re standing.
Talking to Tables
Strangely, Hooters girls are encouraged to sit down with customers and start up a conversation. This might make sense if the customer is a businessman sitting alone, or if there’s a bachelorette party looking for a bit of atmosphere.
However, as this post explains, sitting down with customers was regularly pretty awkward. If there are too many Hooters girls on the floor at one time, they are encouraged to gather around customer tables and chat.
To the Wall of Shame
Working in Hooters comes with its fair share of creepy guys. Whether it’s people making comments, leaving notes, or offering up their phone number, women who work at Hooters have to navigate a minefield while doing their jobs.
That’s why the women at this Hooters branch used to keep a ‘Wall of Shame’ in the kitchen. This way, everyone could share in the creepiness, and find humor in some otherwise questionable behavior. Sadly, a new manager put an end to the fun.
Starting Them Young
As we’ve mentioned already, Hooters doesn’t have an age restriction. For this reason, kids and teens do come to the restaurant, some from a very young age. As this former Hooters employee points out, lots of men bring their children into the establishment, which gives them some lessons early on.
Arguably, bringing your kid to Hooters from a young age encourages them to just think of women as pretty things that serve you stuff. Overall, that’s not particularly healthy.
Fancy a T-Shirt?
Hooters doesn’t just hawk hamburgers and wings. Many of its establishments also sell merchandise — including clothing, keychains, glassware, and food products. If you want to get a jar of wing sauce and a novelty magnet, you know where to go.
Of course, Hooters incentivizes its staff to sell as much merch as possible. And they have a little bit of an advantage here, thanks to their attractive staff. This former employee used to get customers to buy items for her. Respect!
Where’s My Girl?
Hooters isn’t like a regular restaurant. Despite the fact that the establishment shows sports and serves shrimp, there’s a little more to the whole experience than just enjoying a game of football with a steak sandwich. For many customers, it’s all about the women.
According to this post, Hooters waitstaff doesn’t have tables assigned to them as you would in many other restaurants. Rather, customers had a regular ‘girl’ that they specifically requested. Is it just us, or does this seem just a little chaotic?
No Food for You Guys
We’ve already learned that one particular Hooters branch banned their staff from eating wings and cake because of their weight gain. Instead, staff meals were switched to salads and wraps. However, even though Hooters feeds its employees, they aren’t allowed to be seen eating.
This former employee perfectly articulates why the company does this — because supposedly, the ideal woman is never seen eating. Clearly, from the customer’s perspective, Hooters girls live on Diet Coke, lip gloss, and the occasional almond.
Health and Safety What?
We’ve learned that Hooters policy is pretty unusual, specifically because their staff all have to look a particular way. Part of the Hooters girl brand image is that women working in the restaurant don’t have any tattoos. After all, Hooters girls are clean-cut, right?
This means that any tattooed Hooters girl that manages to sneak through has to cover up all of their gorgeous tatts. Furthermore, hair must be down at all times, which is basically the opposite of what most restaurants recommend.
I’m One of You
Next up is another employee perk for working at Hooters. As well as getting a free meal per shift, and being able to convince customers to buy you merch, Hooters employees can also get goods from other locations.
According to this former Hooters employee, staff from the chain can show their paycheck at another location and get themselves a t-shirt. Since each location has their city printed on the shirt, staff could end up with a pretty large Hooters collection.
Always Escorted Off the Premises
Interestingly, multiple former Hooters employees confirm that it’s company policy to escort Hooters girls to their cars after a shift. Whilst this may seem like a smart safety measure, it’s also kind of problematic that it’s common for Hooters customers to wait around for waitresses to finish.
Anyway, Hooters managers and chefs usually walk Hooters girls out so they aren’t harassed or intercepted before they can get home safely. Hey, it’s better this than nothing.
Happy Birthday Weenie Man
Out of all of the insider Hooters information on this list, this post might be the strangest. We’ve already mentioned that Hooters girls are expected to sing and dance when it’s a customer’s birthday. The exact song and dance are different according to the restaurant’s location.
Bizarrely, at the Hooters mentioned in this story, Hooters girls would sing the birthday boy a song called “Weenie Man.” This strange ritual involved a bucket, a hot dog, and a bit of public humiliation. Sounds like Hooters!
Not Your Average Hooters
This next post is a pretty great advertisement for working at Hooters. According to this former employee, working at the chain is lots of fun, and gave them the opportunity to keep hanging out with their high school pals.
This person must have made lots of tips, and describes herself as a psychologist for the customers. Most interestingly, this former Hooters employee maintains that her store had curvy Hooters girls. We’re not sure we believe it, but we hope it’s true!
They Have a System
While Hooters might seem like a wing-fueled free-for-all, there’s actually some order behind all the big smiles and bouncy hair. Our next former Hooters employee lets us in on a little logistical detail, namely, why the Hooters name tags are different colors.
Apparently, servers under 21 wear a white name tag, servers over 21 wear an orange tag, while trainers wear gold tags. We’re not sure what we think about advertising your staff’s age to an entire restaurant, but hey, it’s Hooters.
Hooters Girl for Life
Here’s another former Hooters employee that still has fond memories of the establishment. This former Hooters girl remembers being asked what size uniform she’d like, and then receiving one that was two sizes smaller. From what we’ve learned so far, that’s a pretty common practice at Hooters.
However, despite this initial awkwardness, this former Hooters girl simply can’t part with her former iconic uniform. This person even turned down cold hard cash to keep hold of their orange hot pants and owl emblazoned tank top.
No Tattoos Allowed
Our next post confirms what we’ve already heard — that tattooed Hooters girls have to keep their tatts totally covered up. This is actually quite a difficult task, and requires some seriously heavy-duty foundation.
The thing is, Hooters wants their staff to all have a similar look, so they can’t risk someone looking too individualistic. One way of doing this is banning tattoos. Also, lots of people (incorrectly) find tattoos trashy, so the company prefers Hooters girls with a more clean-cut appearance.
Keeping it Classy
And finally, we close our list of stories from former Hooters employees by reminding you all that pretty women are just as gross as everyone else. That’s right — while Hooters girls aren’t allowed to be seen eating while they’re on shift, that doesn’t mean they aren’t stuffing their faces in the break room.
More than that, this former employee specifies that Hooters girls are pretty open about their toilet habits. This shouldn’t really be shocking, but hey, it’s Hooters!