What does an ex-Hooters waitress think about her past career?
Amy Sterne, a five-year veteran of Hooters, told me that working at Hooters was "the most fun job she's had in her life." She's moved on to greener and less scantily clad pastures, but Amy has had a few jobs in the service industry, at places besides Hooters -- but she estimates that her tips were 20%-30% higher while donning the ubiquitous orange short-shorts.
Surprisingly, she said a large percentage of the clientele that dropped into her Crystal Lake, Illinois location were couples, and even families.
"There were a lot of what you'd expect, older men that might be considered 'creepy,' but then there were a ton of families there, too... just grabbing an inexpensive meal."
Though sometimes the women involved didn't seem totally down with it. "You could definitely tell some of the women were a little uncomfortable... like they didn't want to be there. And they probably didn't."
And, she can only recall a few instances where anything totally pervy happened. Once, a dude was caught tuning his own piano in the men's room, another time a customer made some lewd comments. Nothing too crazy. Overall, Amy thinks people go to Hooters for more than the hooters.
"For guys, coming to a place like Hooters isn't just about staring at boobs. It's about a little attention from an attractive woman. A lot of the regulars were older, and frankly didn't seem like they had many prospects. This was just their outlet to be around members of the opposite sex, in a close setting.
"And some people really do come here just for the food."