A Hooters server went viral after showing an interaction she had with a customer.
In a video with over 548,000 views, Hooters server and professional MMA fighter Lydia says she was working when she noticed a customer taking photos of servers without her permission.
“This guy wants to come into Hooters and just take pictures of girls without asking, so Imma feels uncomfortable too,” she says, pointing the camera at the customers. “We are all uncomfortable now. my flash on We’re all uncomfortable now, huh?”
It’s unclear where the video was taken, but comments seem to indicate the restaurant was in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
@lydiapwarren Now everyone feels weird #dobetter #hooters #publicshame ♬ Original sound – lydiapwarren
Female servers are often harassed in the workplace. According to a report by UC Berkeley’s Food Labor Research Center, “71% of female restaurant workers have experienced at least one harassment during their time in the industry.”
Servers at Hooters and other “breastaurants” have reported other negative consequences of their work.
“…We found that restaurant waitresses who sexually objectified their employees were more likely to experience a variety of negative interactions with customers, ranging from unwelcome advances to lewd comments,” write Dawn Szymanski and Chandra Feltman for The Conversation. “They were also much more likely to internalize cultural ideals of beauty, suffered from depressive symptoms and were less likely to be unhappy with their jobs.”
In Lydia’s case, users supported her for slapping back at the rude customer.
“That dark feminine energy we all need,” wrote one user.
“He could have literally just asked for a photo,” noted another. “If I were at his table, second-hand embarrassment would make me leave.”
“I would do the same if someone took me in!” shared a third.
The Daily Dot reached out to Lydia via Instagram direct message and Hooters via email.
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*Initial publication: October 1, 2022 at 11:15 am CDT
Braden Bjella is a culture writer. His work can be found in Mixmag, Electronic Beats, Schön! magazine and more.
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