Post # 1
I’ve been unemployed since the beginning of February. I left my old job because it was highly stressful, I worked a 24/7 rotating roster, 12 hour shifts and because I was leaving sometime this year to study anyway. I had asked my work if they would take me on part time so I could study (they had a male collegue doing this while he studied) and suggested it might help with the sleeping problems I was having and my depression, which was impacting only work. They said no, using my depression against me. I was massively pissed off and with the support of my SO and uncle (who I live with) I resigned then and there.
Since Feb have been applying for any and every job you can think of, not exaggerating, and either don’t hear back or I’m told I’m over qualified. I finally decided to apply to ‘Hooters’, aguess surprised today when I got an email asking to arrange an interview. The thing is I told one of my close male friends and he started judging me for it, saying things like “Tight small tops, short shorts…flirting with customers, only Skanks work there….” Or “may as well just go do porn…” I said doing porn and serving people in little bits of clothing are completely different, but my friend kept his stance… So now I’m really worried about telling anyone else about it. I told SO and he said “hopefully you’ll just do bar work”, but that was about it.
Pall the excitement I had about FINALLY getting an interview is completely gone now.. Has any else experienced this?
Post # 3
No, I haven’t been in this position. But honestly, if your SO doesn’t care then everyone else can keep their opinions to themselves. That, or pitch in for bills 🙂 A job is just a job. Good luck on your interview!
Post # 4
@krayzay87: He’s just jealous because your tips are going to be gigantic. Don’t worry about him! Obviously he doesn’t want to be a “close” friend anymore if he’s going to judge you for trying to get employed.
Post # 5
That’s rude, I would just ignore him. Or tell him he can help pay your bills then if he doesn’t think you should do it.
Post # 6
Congrats on the interview! I think you get judged on any job, it’s just more blatant with Hooters (because there’s a perception about what you’re selling in terms of atmosphere is different from other restaurants). Even for me in, law, it’s “oh law firm, awesome” “govt job, uh huh.” At least he’s honest?
Post # 7
Honestly, most of the more trendy restaurants in the city I live in have the waitresses dress “sexy”, and “flirting” or being friendly to customers is what every waitress does to get tips. So does every bartender.
You have to pay the bills, and I don’t see a thing wrong with it. Don’t let ignorant people get you down.
Post # 8
Amy Adams worked at Hooters before she became a movie star. You do what you have to do to pay the bills. In terms of judgement: I quit a well-paying, full-time administrative job and am hoping to be chosen for a minimum wage, part-time food service job. While people would say I’m crazy, it’s my dream job, and I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll get it. Good luck with the interview! *hugs*
Post # 9
Congrats on the interview! As long as your SO is ok with the idea, I think everyone else should shut up.
Post # 10
@plainjane115: What food service job is your dream job???
Post # 11
@krayzay87: I worked for Hooters immediately after college. A year in, I was promoted to their corporate office in Human Resources, the youngest person ever promoted to that position. I ended up working there for years.
ETA: Yes, people were shitty about it. My stepmother took me off of her facebook and stopped speaking to me for awhile and I got various messages from members of my old church letting me know they were praying I’d “get right with God” and “return to the right path.” It was pretty annoying, but they werent paying my bills.
I wasnt a server/bartender there very long, but the time I was I have fond memories of. Sure, some of the customers are a pain, but as someone who has bartended in many different places, I can honestly say they were no worse than jerks anywhere else.
Like I mentioned above, I was promoted to a pretty incredible position at corporate and loved it so much. I was devastated when that portion of Hooters was bought out and they dissolved the office.
“Breastaurants” like Hooters are INCREDIBLY big here in the DFW area: we have Hooters, Twin Peaks, Redneck Heaven, 3rd Base, Tilted Kilt and a slew of others. If you’re a female serving in this area, you probably work for one of those, so there is a pretty big support base.
Post # 12
The clothes are not that bad there. You wear nylon tights, thick socks and sneakers. It’s tight and cleavage showing, but other than that it’s not as a revealing outfit than working at a strip club or even a bikini bar. Don’t worry about it. As long as you don’t care and FI doesn’t mind, then make your money. Lol. It’s a family restaurant anyway. lol
Post # 13
@Chrysoberyl: Working in a bakery.
Post # 14
No matter what you do in life someone, somewhere will have something negative to say about it. Who cares. It’s legal and your partner is in full support, to hell with the other guy.
Post # 15
The outfits at Hooters are totally tame. People are blowing this out of proportion! I have a friend who works there and she does VERY well. Go to it and be excited!
Post # 16
Unless he wants to pay your bills, he can keep his opinions to himself!