Even with competition from establishments like Twin Peaks, Tilted Kilt, and plenty of others, Hooters is still perhaps the most well-known "breastaurant" franchise in the country. Famous for its flirty atmosphere and having a waitstaff consisting of attractive women in skin-tight uniforms, Hooters nonetheless prides itself in creating a fun, family-friendly environment.
Still, every job has its horror stories, and this restaurant's gimmick in particular can bring out the worst cringey, creepy, and even genuinely scary customers who don't understand boundaries. It also, unfortunately, can come with a lot of scrutiny on one's physical appearance - since that is part of the job.
So here are some of the craziest hooters stories from former and current employees. Vote up the worst ones, and for more fascinating Hooters stories and content, make sure to also check out our list, "Things You Didn't Know About Hooters, The Original Breastaurant."
Stalker In The Making
Posted by u/w_wilder24:
I am a dude, and I witnessed this at a Hooters last night. We (just my buddy and I) sit down at a high top, and there is a younger guy alone at the table next to us. It wasn't very crowded. At one point, I overhear the waitress saying, "I can't go outside." Apparently, he was asking if she would walk him to his car and give him a kiss. She told us the whole story of this guy...
He drives an hour about every two to three days to come to that specific Hooters to see her. Has left his number multiple times and obviously hasn't gotten the picture. He leaves, and we go on with our meal. About 20 to 30 minutes later, the waitress walks by our table and says, "He's back." The dude walked in, used the restroom, and walked back out to his car. Gets back in his car and drives slowly by, looking in.
At this point, we thought he left. About 10 minutes later, we walk out, and the dude is sitting out there in the car waiting for her shift to end. I went back in and told the manager to make sure the waitress wasn't followed by him.
It's guys like that that make girls look at guys as creeps.56218Hooters horrible?
She Was Almost Kidnapped
Posted by u/feedingtheheartless:
I am a 20-year-old Hooters Girl and encounter creepy guys all the time, but never like this.
I was working the night shift the other night and had a 40-something-year-old man sit at my table by himself. I greeted him the same way I greet all customers: lots of smiling, laugh at their jokes, ask about his/her day, etc. He was really irritated and didn't seem to want to talk to me at all, so I assumed he was there to eat and go without all the chatting customers expect from the waitresses.
I offered a box and dessert at the end of his meal, but he just paid and got up to leave... This was around 8:00 pm.
We close at midnight on weekdays, so by the time I was ready to go, it was about 1:30 am. I carry a stun gun in my bag and normally have someone walk me to my car, but it was so late that nearly everyone had already left, and those that were still there were busy trying to clean up so they could leave. I had parked right in front of the doors leaving my car only five feet away, so I decided to quickly get in my car without being walked.
I always lock my doors out of habit and went to check my phone, which was dead. I have one of those crappy chargers in my car that only charge at a certain angle, and I was trying to get my phone to charge, when a truck pulled up behind me blocking me in. I couldn't pull forward because the restaurant was in front of me, and I couldn't back up because of this truck. At first, I thought it was my roommate, who will sometimes come check on me if I get home too late to make sure I'm okay. It was a silver truck, which is what my roommate drives, but when I turned to look at it, it was a different model, which made my heart sink.
This person then proceeded to honk their horn at me over and over for a good five minutes trying to get me out of my car. When I refused because Momma didn't raise an idiot, he pulled up next to me, started knocking on my window, and yelled at me to get out of my car. It was the same guy that was at my table five hours earlier. My phone wouldn't turn on, so I switched into reverse and Fast and Furious-ed my way out of the parking lot. He started following me with his truck, so I ran a red light and started speeding. He stopped at the light, and I drove for a bit before going home in case he caught up and tried following me to my house...
I don't know whether he was trying to rob me or kidnap me, but, creepy man who waited five hours in the parking lot for me, I really hope we never meet again.65540Hooters horrible?
Former Hooters girl here... [I had] a manager who would put us through a really long, super invasive inspection every day... He'd make us line up while he checked for any imperfections (hair, makeup, tights, shoes), and they'd go on forever. He always put his hands through my hair (it's super curly; I'm Black).
Posted by u/[deleted]:
Honestly, the worst part was daily uniform inspection. Having to stand up with legs spread and arms straight out so our managers could inspect every detail of us - armpits for hair, hair for bobby pins, face for makeup application, tights for runs/holes, shorts for stains/tears, shoes for whiteness, tank tops for stains, and to make sure bra straps weren't peeking through - was always torture.
Posted by u/TaylorTot88:
The uniform inspection was the worst! We had one creepy manager who made us stand up on a chair and twirl.49427Hooters horrible?
Awful Customer, Awful Boss
Posted by u/PugsleyTiptop:
I was working a party of eight that turned into 18 - I rolled with it. There was a guy that had been sort of flirty from the get-go. Very common.
Anyway, a particular cocktail on our menu featured several liquors and had a limit of two per guest. So this guy maxes out on his two specialty cocktails and gets a little "friendlier" with me. He starts commenting, aggressively... Come to find out, in between the drunken passes, he's asking people at the table to order more of these cocktails for him - and they're doing it! About two hours into the ordeal, he starts slapping my butt every time I walk by. I'm going out of my way to avoid him, and his co-workers are cringing. Finally, he stands up, wraps his arms around me, and starts swaying. He's telling me he wants to take me to the Jay-Z concert the next day and lifts me up over his shoulder. I realize he's been stealing other guests' beverages and decide to tell my manager. "Well," said the manager, "did you tell him to stop? I mean, they're gonna be gone soon anyway. Just avoid him."
More or less the reaction I expected, but priceless nonetheless. Loathed that establishment. I just want to finish off by saying, if you're ever with "that guy," do the right thing and call him out. I was pretty straightforward, but damn. All those people just watched in horror as I got disrespected. Servers, no matter how "scandalous" you may think their uniforms are, are still people. Still daughters. Still mothers. And still handling your food.41414Hooters horrible?