The restaurant Hooters has been around for a very long time. Despite the fact that the establishment is clearly aimed at males, people of all ages really seem to love it.
According to originalhooters.com, it all got started in the early 1980s, when a few people wanted to create a business that they would be welcomed in. Since that was the whole reason why they created Hooters, it kind of makes one wonder whether or not the place has been involved in some strange things.
This restaurant definitely has a very interesting past, and they are pretty strict when it comes to their employees. That is especially true when it comes to the waitresses who serve their customers.
Here are 20 strange facts about the place that the establishment probably doesn't want leaked.
20 The Waitresses Must Have Artistic Talent
When a person is being trained, they are usually learning things that are very important. But that is not always the case, at least for those who work at Hooters. According to ihateworkinginretail.ooid.com, they always have to learn to use ketchup to draw an owl, which is kind of surprising.
19 Employees Have To Wear Their Socks A Certain Way
Waitresses who work at this place always wear socks when they are on the clock, but they have to look a certain way. According to ihateworkinginretail.ooid.com, the company definitely cares about things like that. If it does not look right, it can make a person's legs look a bit unpleasant.
18 Experience Is Not Required For Some Of The Staff Members
Some of the people who work at Hooters might have been required to have previous experience in their line of work before they were hired, but the waitresses don’t need it. Apparently, personality matters more to them than whether or not they are good at serving customers, according to ihateworkinginretailooid.com.
17 Some Of The Employees Are Required To Wear Makeup Every Day
This might seem pretty obvious, but makeup is not something that Hooters allows their waitresses to avoid. They actually have to wear it every day, or at least while they are on the clock. According to ihateworkinginretail.ooid.com, mascara and lipstick are two things they have to wear when they’re working.
16 Steve Martin Was The Inspiration Behind The Name Of The Restaurant
Anyone who likes the name of the restaurant can thank actor Steve Martin for it since he provided the inspiration for it when he was on Saturday Night Live. According to thedailymeal.com, Martin made a joke, and it resulted in the creators of this restaurant choosing to name it Hooters.
15 The First One Was Expected To Fail
The people who created Hooters were not expecting it to be as successful as it is these days. In fact, according to experiencesurveys.com, they fully expected their popular creation to crumble, which is why they established it on the first day in April, which is known as April Fool’s Day.
14 There’s An Interesting Story Behind How The First Waitress Was Hired
The people who created Hooters made a bet, and that is how they got their first Hooters Girl. According to originalhooters.com, one of the creators attended a bikini contest, and he made a bet with the others. The bet was that he could get the winner to work at Hooters.
13 The Servers Have To Dance
Those who are being trained for a serving position at this restaurant have to learn a dance, according to ihateworkinginretail.com. That sounds kind of embarrassing, but it gets worse. The servers have to drop whatever they’re doing to dance if a certain song gets played during one of their shifts.
12 Lots Of Men Have Sued Them
According to apnews.com, the popular restaurant has found itself in some hot water a few times. Some men have tried to get jobs that are typically given to females that work there, and they decided to take legal action when they did not get the job, which caused a scandal.
11 They Fired Someone For Coloring Her Hair
According to eonline.com, one woman that used to work for the establishment was terminated for a very odd reason. She put highlights in her hair, and management obviously they did not approve of that decision. But that’s not a big surprise since they are strict when it comes to their servers.
10 Those Who Work For The Company Love To Try To Control The Waitress’ Appearances
The ladies who serve customers at Hooters are all required to look a certain way while they are working. According to ihateworkinginretail.ooid.com, they all have to wear pantyhose. Another interesting fact is that they have to keep their hair down, which means no ponytails while they are on the clock.
9 There Used To Be A Hooters Airline, But It Got Shut Down
According to businessinsider.com, Hooters used to be much more than just a restaurant. The company also had an airline, and it was called Hooters Air. It got started in the early 2000s, but it was shut down shortly afterward. There were lots of things that contributed to the business failure.
8 The Waitresses Are Only Allowed To Wear Black Once A Week
The waitresses at Hooters usually look the same, at least as far as their uniforms go. But according to ihateworkinginretail.ooid.com, that does change sometimes. Customers who visit this place at the end of the week might notice some of them wearing black since they’re allowed to do that on Friday.
7 Crop Tops Have To Be Approved
Servers that work at Hooters have to deal with a lot of rules when it comes to what they wear. According to ihateworkinginretail.ooid.com, not all of them are allowed to wear Hooters crop tops. If a waitress does not look a certain way in the top, she can’t wear it.
6 If A Hooters Waitress Wears Her Uniform Outside Of Work, There Are Consequences
Some people wear their work uniforms to other places after one of their shifts ends. They also might wear it before their shift begins. But according to ihateworkinginretail.ooid.com, any Hooters Girl who does not want to lose her job should avoid doing wearing her uniform during her time off.
5 Girls Get Shifts Based On Their Sales
Hooters Girls are not just servers at the restaurant. They also have to sell things, some of which have nothing to do with food. According to ihateworkinginretail.ooid.com, they have to be good at selling merchandise if they want to continue getting lots of hours at work. Working there isn’t easy.
4 Sometimes, They Allow Their Employees To Dress For The Weather
The regular Hooters uniform is probably not very pleasant to wear when it is cold out, which is why some of the Hooters locations have started to allow their employees to wear long sleeves, according to onlymenwillunderstand.com. At least the girls can keep their arms warm when they are cold.
3 The Waitresses Have Sixteen Steps To Remember And Follow When Serving Someone
The servers at Hooters have to memorize 16 different steps, according to idea-sandbox.com. That means that they have to be smart since that would be rather difficult. But some of those steps are pretty simple since they include basic things like delivering food to their customers and checking on them.
2 A Certain Number Of Waitresses Must Appear At Each Customers’ Table
According to ihateworkinginretail.ooid.com, those who go to Hooters fairly often might notice that a few waitresses usually drop by their table before they leave. Apparently this is something that the company is strict about. It is referred to as the E3 system. Customers must always be visited by three waitresses.
1 The Iconic Shorts Were Inspired By A Secretary
According to originalhooters.com, the orange shorts that all Hooters waitresses have to wear while they are working was inspired by a woman that one of the original creators knew back when the idea for the restaurant first came up. She wore shorts like that when she used to go jogging.
Sources: The Original Hooters, I Hate Working In Retail, The Daily Meal, Experience Surveys, AP, E! News, Business Insider, OnlyMenWillUnderstand