Roseville -- A 20-year-old server at Hooters is contemplating legal action after she was put on probation for supposedly gaining weight.So to sum this up--she had a great job where she basically got paid good money just to stand around in tight clothes, deliver food and drinks, and act like a ditz. (Hey, I know that I always tip well at Hooters...) But now she's walking away from it just because they might have suggested that she's chubbing out and not maintaining the look that they hired her for.
Cassandra Smith of Roseville said she received her yearly evaluation last week at the Hooters at 14 Mile and Gratiot. Her assistant manager and general manager were present, and two women were on a conference call from Hooters of America Inc. headquarters in Atlanta, she said.
After the women informed her she had excellent marks for customer satisfaction and cooperation with co-workers, Smith said she was told she received the lowest marks for her "uniform fitting."
"I was confused because I don't wear the biggest uniform size," Smith said in a phone interview. Smith is 5 foot 8 inches tall and weighs 132 pounds.
She was then offered a free gym membership and given 30 days to improve. If by 60 days she did not comply, she could lose her employment, she said. "I was very upset," Smith said.
The Macomb Community College student said she worked for Hooters for two years and until last week enjoyed working there. Since the start of her employment, she has worn the company-issued shirt and shorts in extra small, she said.
"I'm not overweight by any means," she added. "If anything ... I've been losing weight."
Smith said Tuesday she did not plan on returning to work.
In a statement, Hooters of America clarified the company upholds image standards for its "Hooters Girls," but does not impose weight requirements.
"No employee in Michigan has been counseled about their weight," stated Mike McNeil, the vice president of marketing for Hooters of America.
"However, we will say that our practice of upholding an image standard based on appearance, attitude and fitness for Hooters Girls is both legal and fair. It is not unlike the standard used by the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders or the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes.
"However, as popular as the job might be, being a Hooters Girl is not for everyone."
Cassandra, that's called "quitting", honey...
And here the chain even reportedly offered her a free gym membership. Hell, that's not a punishment to me--that's a perk!
But little miss priss, instead of hitting the gym, laying off the Hostess products and thanking Hooters for her great job, sought out a lawyer and called a press conference. She apparently thinks that she's owed a comfortable work-free living just because she draws breath, and she obviously thinks that Hooters should now subsidize it because they hurt her feelings by pointing out the obvious--that she's getting fat.
Cassandra, did you really think that they were paying you all that cash for your brains or your personality?
Honestly, hon...not to be mean, but your face really isn't all that hot, and with that rather lackluster chest, I'd have probably sat in one of your former co-workers' sections anyway. Good luck with your next gig at IHOP or Denny's.
EDITED TO ADD: I just found this pic of Cassandra on another news site.
Yeah, it looks like she's definitely got a bit of a muffintop getting started there. I'm siding with Hooters on this one.