Sex + Dating

I Got Rejected by (Almost) Every Server at Hooters

Hooters waitress
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Every day, the Hooters waitstaff has to reject customers. Not reject perfectly reasonable requests for another beer or more World-Famous Wings, but reject them like, "Sorry, I have a boyfriend and I can't get a drink with you." But because these ladies also want to be tipped, they have to reject those unwanted men nicely.

To find out all the fun ways a Hooters waitress can tell a customer, "I'm just not that into you," I hit on every beautiful girl at a suburban Denver Hooters with the invariable question: "Would you like to get a drink with me?" The results will shock you!

"Would I get a drink with you? Maybe."
-- Danielle

 

​"Come back and see me three times and I'll think about it."
-- Haley

 

“I'm not old enough to drink, and I actually have a boyfriend.”
-- Megan

 

"I'm only 19... I've been with my boyfriend for four years."
-- Courtney

 

"I have a boyfriend. No, I couldn't... four years..."
-- Julia

Hooters girls
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"I can't. Because I'll only be done at closing time. And I have a boyfriend. Five years. And I have his initials tattooed on my ring finger. I'm sorry!"
-- Briana

 

“I'm under 21. And I have a boyfriend. I'm not just saying that, I swear. People are like, 'You're lying, let me see your phone.' People get really mad at me, but I swear.”
-- Jasmine

 

As a bonus, Rayleen broke down her rejection strategy: "I tell them I have a boyfriend, which isn't true. Or I casually ignore the question and keep writing [the order]. Or other times they'll ask for my number, and I'll give them the Hooters store number. There was also this one cool app for a while that would give you fake phone numbers that would only last for a week."


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