When it comes to being a working girl, times can be tough. The nine-to-five life can be gruelling, exhausting, and frustrating at times (especially when our gender continues to be undercut in the boardroom and on our paycheques). Between all the rules – like not being able to wear open-toed footwear in the office – the restrictions and, essentially, the lack of freedom throughout the work week, it’s no wonder many women can’t wait to hit up happy hour and shed their brasseirs ASAP once they walk through their door.
Just like many companies with a set of regulations their staff must abide by, Hooters is no exception. The restaurant that was built on the model of inexpensive fried food and women’s knockers or “hooters”. It has its own set of laws that their female-exclusive staff must follow. However, these stipulations are unlike any workforce we’ve seen before, and some of them are downright harsh.
Being a Hooters girl is no easy job, but it’s one that many women strive for and would do anything to become part of the profitable and entertaining franchise. Having the title of a Hooters girl and wearing that uniform is a privilege that no girl wants to throw away, which is why they’re going to continue to put on their faces, tighten those bra straps, and radiate positivity each and every time they show up to work.
17. Nails Have To Be Nude Or French Manicured
When you’re living the life of a orange-and-white-uniform-wearing shooter gal, you better believe that those dainty digits can’t be clashing with those recognizable outfits. Nude and french-tipped nails are the only options for ladies who prefer to keep their fingernails well groomed and manicured. No matter how professional, clean, or attractive those nails are, gals just aren’t Hooters material if they refuse to abide by this simple rule. It’s not everyday that your profession dictates the state and colour of your fingertips, but for the chicks who work at this popular, male-preferred franchise, it’s all part of the gig. And since it’s such a coveted role, ladies won’t think twice about donning nails that may distract guests from other, more profitable assets.
16. No Jewellery Must Be Worn (Unless It’s A Wedding/Engagement Ring)
In order to not have any possibility of distractions from the identifiable uniform, baubles, bangles, and big hoops are strictly off limits for these wing slingers and servers of beer. While it’s unfavourable for an employer to request the removal of a wedding or engagement ring, that solo piece of flair is the only item that can be worn while working a shift at the Hooters restaurant. Other than the ring that lets hard-up bachelors know that their waitress is permanently taken, even very personal jewellery items such as a locket passed down from a grandma or a pair of vintage pearl earrings can’t be worn. So if you’re pretty attached to a family heirloom that you’ve worn every day, for years, you might face some anxiety when applying for this role.
15. You Must Always Have Your Hair Done
Lookin’ put together in every way is just part of the Hooter girl life, and that includes having their hair looking mint at all times. Cue the trips to the salon, endless nights of wearing rollers to bed, and mornings spent in front of the mirror to nail that beach wave look. Let’s not forget about that hefty budget spent on styling products! Bring on the mousse, the gel, and the hairspray, because these gals must have flawless locks when serving up entrees to their respected guests. That head of hair must be fit for a model, which means it has to shine, bounce, and have tremendous volume to be given the A+ when showing up to punch the clock. If – heaven forbid – a server walks in wearing a top knot, you can bet she’s being send home.
14. Waitresses Should Always Have A Full Face Of Makeup On
Since working as a Hooters girl means that you’ll be admired for much more than your skills for balancing platters of fried food, employees are required to highlight their faces with more than just an award-winning smile. Ladies must always look their best with the help of a few tools from their makeup bag. Bring on the lipstick and mascara, because those two items are a MUST WEAR for Hooters servers. Any other makeup that a girl wears must also look natural in order to “best accentuate your features”. So you can forget about that contouring, ladies. That’s far too heavy to don to your evening shift of pouring drafts and working for those tips. After all, the restaurant doesn’t want to promote looking “fake” in order to be considered beautiful.
13. Theoretically, Money Aprons Are Not Allowed To Exceed The Length Of Their Shorts
Contrary to what this image shows, one rule of working the floor at the Hooters restaurant is to wear a money pouch that is shorter than your brightly-hued shorts. Since the float they carry is not meant to overshadow the popular uniform, this rule is enforced to keep the gals looking hella sexy (that means no hiding those lovely gams, girls!). They’re also required to empty out their pouches if it starts to get too heavy after patrons pay their bills and tips in coins. Pouch management is just one of the many details these Hooters girls have to stay on top of in order to keep their bosses happy and the shifts coming their way. While it’s a thing that might go unnoticed normally, these servers are hyperaware of those flimsy hip satchels.
12. No Girls Are Allowed To Touch Any Men
Tsk, tsk, ladies, you know you’re not allowed to be doing that! When the girls who work at Hooters are on the clock, they’re told to keep their hands off of the male guests. This rule is also enforced upon the patrons; males cannot touch the ladies, either! So if the girls are working for tips, they can’t use their go-to move of touching a man’s shoulder while cracking a joke to the table. The only exception to this “no touchy” rule is when guests and fans of the franchise are requesting a photo with the servers. Girls must rally together and participate in a group shot, and only then can the photo participants gather close and rub elbows and shoulders with one another. While the rule may seem a tad overprotective, we can’t deny that it’s a great way to keep their staff safe and PG.
11. All Waitresses Must Be Thin & Pretty
If this harsh and disgusting rule shocks you, you’re not alone. We’re offended by this “anti curves” law, too! Apparently Hooters wants to maintain a certain “look” for their staff, and that look stops at the 150 lb mark. You’d think that this exclusive rule would be knocked hard and the Hooters company would be sued off their rocker, but these franchises gets away with the requirement because they chose to hire their staff as “entertainers” and not servers. WHAT? That’s right. Their servers don’t even have to be experienced in waitressing or working in a restaurant to be granted the orange and white frock. So, just how Hollywood can dictate the weight of certain actresses, so can Hooters. They’ve found a loophole that justifies this mandatory regulation.
10. Every Girl Must Wear Sneakers & Scrunched Socks
You’d think that the owl-printed tank and fluorescent shorts were the extent of the Hooters girl uniform, but you’d be wrong. The company dictates that their feet must also adhere to an identifiable look, as well. That signature Hooters girl style includes the requirement to wear stark-white sneakers and thick white socks that are long enough to be “scrunched” down to their ankles. However, the act of scrunching isn’t a simple feat for the gals! While many would simply push down the top of the sock and squish the length of the clothing item to the point of stopping, that would result in a metaphorical demerit point for the waitress to pull a move like that. There is a unique technique that the girls must put into practice when scrunching that, when done right, makes their legs look leaner.
9. Girls Must Wear Pantyhose In The “Suntan” Colour (Which They Have To Buy Themselves)
If you’ve got the impression that the ladies who work at Hooters tend to have gorgeous and flawless legs, your perspective is not wrong. In order to keep the staff looking in sync, their entire bodies (including the area of their legs between their orange shorts and scrunched socks) need to be styled by the powers that be at Hooters. The gals can’t be going bare when they’re visiting tables, or they may just get put in a time out! Another part of the outfit requirement is the inclusion of pantyhose! All ladies must wear a pair of the stretchy, suffocating synthetic fabric under their shorts and socks, but the colour of them is also an issue. If they’re not purchased – at the hands of the ladies, no less – in “suntan”, then they may not be able to work at the famous restaurant.
8. Every Hairstyle Must Be Worn Down (No Ponytails Allowed)
In addition to having to wear their hair styled and photo ready at all times, the Hooters girls are restricted to working only with hairstyles that are free of accessories or height. That means no to fishtail braids, no to ballerina buns, and definitely zero tolerance for butterfly clips. For ladies who love to get experimental with their locks, they’re going to have to save those up-dos for nights when they’re off the clock, because anything more than a mane that’s loose and free-flowing will not fly in the Hooters restaurants. We guess that the possibility of hairs falling free of these entertainers’ heads and into the food of their guests is a concept that’s lost on the rule creators, so we wonder just how many meals are comped as a result of this likely incident.
7. Waitresses Are Only Allowed To Wear Black On Fridays
Just like “The Plastics” in Mean Girls dictated the rules of wearing pink on Wednesdays, Hooters girls are also held up to similar standards. While they probably won’t be shunned for sitting at a table wearing their normal Hooters uniform on a Friday, they just might if they chose to wear a black hued one on any other day of the week. It turns out that the only time the ladies are allowed to “mix it up” when it comes to their classic uniform is when the end of the work week hits and the team is granted the ability to go wild with choice (so long as that choice is black). While it’s not the most elaborate of options, it is a standard colour that many restaurant franchises tend to enforce for their staff, so while seemingly progressive for Hooters, it’s pretty standard at most eateries.
6. To Wear The Hooters Crop Top, You Have To Be Approved
The famous Hooters tank is provided to anyone who is hired at the restaurant. However, if girls choose to flaunt a little more skin while working for tips, they can request the permission to wear the crop top during their shifts. In order for this permission to be granted, Hooters superiors must approve of their body status before handing out this short garment. This means that a girl will be assessed by the look of her stomach beforehand. Yeah, so even if a Hooters girl has a slight bulge atop of her shorts, her request for the cropped tee will be denied. The crop top is only reserved for girls who have displayed a flat stomach, and one that excludes any muffin top. Better get doing some crunches if you want this special tee, girls!
5. If A Hooters Girl Wears Her Uniform Outside Of Work, She’s Fired Immediately
Since the Hooters uniform is so “special”, the girls who are gifted with the honour of wearing it should not take advantage of this privilege or their generous bosses. This means that they absolutely cannot wear the outfit outside of the franchise. If they do, they’ll be fired on the spot. Ouch! This is understandably because the Hooters name and brand is exclusive. They don’t want a Hooters girl to appear anywhere other than the restaurant, otherwise it becomes less of a novelty for guests if they can simply catch a few girls leaving work on their way home. It’s probably also a safety issue. While we’re only making assumptions for why this is a rule, we totally feel as if it’s valid. Nobody wants to buy the cow when they get the milk for free, after all.
4. Waitresses Must Sit Next To Women When Couples Come In To Dine
While the Hooters restaurant does attract a primarily male-dominated patron base, not all guests of the franchise are men. Women do show up to take in the atmosphere, cheap beer and wings, and events from time to time. And since the girls who work at the restaurant are noticeably scantily clad, gorgeous, and are hired strictly based on their looks and flirty personalities, it would make sense for any female guests to get a little intimidated. Therefore, when fellow ladies show up to dine with a male table mate, the servers should make an effort to get friendly with the female(s) at the table. Sitting next to them is one of the best ways to (literally) get on their good side, and is a tactic the restaurant puts into practice so that the girls appear to be less threatening.
3. Girls Can Eat For Free (So Long As It’s From The “Healthy” Menu)
Just like most restaurants, the servers who work at Hooters are allowed one free meal while working a shift. However, since Hooters has strict rules when it comes to the waistlines of their staff, this free meal is only given when they choose an item from the “healthy” menu. So if a hardworking gal is craving a burger, she’s going to have to ante up for a meal like that. If they don’t choose to opt for a healthier option, they’re required to pay 50% of the meal. Dang! If the job wasn’t demanding enough to maintain a nice figure, their job perks are also heavily regulated. Looks like it’s protein-laden salads for the ladies who are on their feet all day and night working for their living.
2. No Waitress Shall Ever Have A Cell Phone On The Floor (Or They Will Pay)
Since the staff at many restaurants and retail locations are told to leave their cellphones in their purse and away from the eyes of customers, Hooters is no exception. Keeping your device off the floor is a standard rule, and one that is bound to end up with some form of punishment if caught. For the Hooters girls, if their boss finds that they’ve smuggled their phones into their shorts or money pouches while serving up nachos, they’re not going to be happy. It’s possible that the penalty of doing such a heinous crime could result in less shifts, tips, or a boot from the gig itself. Hooters wants all attention to be paid to the customer, and any distraction just means that the girl isn’t in it 110%.
1. If You Want To Work At Hooters, You Must Be Willing To Get Friendly
One of the many requirements a Hooters girl must follow before putting on that unique uniform is the ability to be the friendliest person in the restaurant. Whether she’s got a smile that will light up a room, can chat up a storm with anyone, and isn’t afraid to build a network of friends, she’s got the key quality for landing the sought-after position and beating out the intense competition. Every girl must inherently possess the ability to turn a guy’s frown upside down by sitting down with their guests, making conversation, and building a relationship with their customers. This is a standout factor of Hooters and its servers that stands out from other restaurants, since other places don’t require their staff to make such personal connections to their patrons.
Credits: Cosmopolitan.com, EOnline.com, BusinessInsider.com
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