A Hooters employee shared in a TikTok video that her co-workers were fired and the reasons for their resignations shocked viewers.
The chain of restaurants, which serves traditional bar fare, is known for its attractive young female staff, who wear the uniform of short orange shorts and low-cut tops.
Jardin May (@jardinmay) posted the video on TikTok and originally shared a video of her dancing with five of her fellow Hooters. Then it came to her alone where she said they were all fired.
In a highly requested follow-up video, May explained why the Hooters women were fired.
According to May, one of the workers was fired because she was late for work. Usually, a late arrival warrants a written warning from management, the TikToker said.
When the manager tried to message the late employee, she pointed out other employees who were late without being messaged. May said the worker got “an attitude” about it, and the manager texted her again.
The worker started screaming and screaming, May said, leading to a third attribution and termination.
Another was fired because of her hair, May said. According to TikToker, one of the “main rules” at Hooters is that employees must remain who they were when they were hired. She had dyed her hair red, and when management told her to change her hair again, she refused and was fired.
A third girl wasn’t technically fired — just because she quit before management could say she was fired.
In the video, May said that Hooters has a jewelry rule for its employees: They can only wear stud earrings, no necklaces are allowed, and they can only have one ring on each hand.
Employees are allowed to have a nose piercing, May said. But this employee had a stud in each nostril and a ring septum piercing. She was fired for refusing to take out her piercings.
Eventually, the last girl was fired because a customer called the restaurant and said their bill was more than what they had left – meaning they thought the waiter had changed the tip amount.
Sometimes that can happen, May said. The TikToker explained that the workers’ alleged error was most likely an unintentional typo.
“Not that we would change anyone’s tip on purpose, but our business is a very, very busy place,” May said in the video. “So when we’re in a hurry and stuff like that, it’s very easy to get a tip mistyped.”
In addition to those four girls who were fired, four others were relocated and two others went to a competing business, the TikToker said.
Viewers were upset at the reasons May gave for firing her colleagues. One said Hooters was “fucking strict”.
“Damn, they’re freaking strict, I’m glad I don’t work with a company restaurant,” the viewer commented on the video.
Another commenter said Hooters might as well fire employees for breathing.
Some viewers said the rules appear to be appropriate for the military or high school.
“I feel like they have rules like high schools do,” one wrote.
“What’s that? The military?” asked another. “The military has more flexible rules than that!” someone else said.
A viewer asked how employees are supposed to keep track of all the rules in the first place.
In response to the question, May wrote in a comment, “I’ve been with Hooters for 7 years and have worked at 8 stores…different stores have strict different rules so I just learned them all.”
The Daily Dot reached out to the creator via TikTok comment and Hooters via press email.
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*Initial publication: March 31, 2022 5:11 pm CDT
Cecilia Lenzen is a journalism student at the University of Texas at Arlington and a freelance reporter for the Daily Dot.
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