"At Hooters, we did weight pictures," says former Hooters server Nicole. "They weigh you, take pictures of you. And if they notice a change in your physique -- it doesn't matter if it's five pounds or 20 pounds -- you have 30 days to lose it, or you're fired." And they allegedly do make good on those threats: Hooters girls have sued, claiming they were placed on "weight probation" for being too heavy. But don't worry -- at least one court has upheld the right for restaurants to fire cocktail waitresses for gaining weight.
Apparently, this woman would be better off working at Sea World. As Shamu's understudy.
Chet says it's no different at his current place of employment, the name of which we won't be sharing -- we will only say that it's basically like a Hooters if it got drunk and passed out in a border town during spring break. He's had to pull women aside -- many of whom he knows go to the gym daily -- to tell them that their thighs are looking a little thick. The pressure to remain thin is so great that the restaurant regulates what the waitresses are allowed to eat when they're on the clock. "We have what's called a 'spa menu' that they're only allowed to eat off of when they're at work," Chet says. "They're not allowed to get wings. It's just chicken breast, fish, that kind of thing."
"We'll let you inhale chocolatey air molecules for three seconds, but you better hop right on the treadmill after."