May 21, 2004

Some people just need killin'

Some rocket scientist manager at a Hooters location in Florida has come up with an idea that makes me physically ill.

Now I'm all for going to Hooters and chugging down a beer or three along with inhaling a few wings (and yes, even stealing a gander at the tightly clad wait staff -- at least when She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed is looking in the other direction, lest I get smacked), but some people are just dead between the ears.

The sign on the verge advertising the Little Miss Hooters contest is, however, beyond the pale. We called this evening, asked for details. The contest is for girls 5 and under, and will require they be dressed in little orange spandex shorts, and a tied up Hooters t-shirt.
Not just no, but hell no!

Dim bulbs like these make me want to get in the car, track 'em down and punt their gonads up into their throats.

Morons like this are what the Southern phrase, "He just needed killin'," was invented for.

Stacy Tabb (who originally saw this in her home town) has alerted her local media, and I'm sure the local constabulary has been alerted as well. Hmmmmm. I wonder if any federal laws regarding child endangerment are in potential violation here...

Oh, by the way. Hooters corporate offices are here in Metro Atlanta. Their e-mail address is:

UPDATE: Some folks bring up a good point (and one I happen to agree with): any parents would dare put their little ones into any sort of depravity like this need to be dealt with. Harshly. And with extreme prejudice.

UPDATE (3:15P): In an update, Stacy says that the Lakeland Hooters, where this was going to be held, has quietly changed their tune, and their sign.

The sign now promotes a swimsuit contest, and has no more mention of the "Little Miss Hooters" contest.

Here's hoping they changed their manager as well.

Oh, and a Hooters PR lackey e-mailed Stacy back:

Thank you for expressing your concern regarding the contest in Florida.

A store manager decided to host an event for the employee's childrenwhich is not a part of Hooters National Marketing promotions, and has been cancelled.

Best regards,

Alexis Aleshire
Hooters of America
1815 The Exchange
Atlanta, GA 30339

And like Stacy, I think that's a load of hooey. But for what it's worth, it's over and done with.

Good job puttin' the heat on 'em, folks!

Posted by mhking at May 21, 2004 12:03 PM

Just when you thought that the folks running Hooters could not get any more offensive, they truly outdo themselves.

I agree with ya Mikey, these folks just need a killin'....


It was funny when South Park did this as a joke for this one episode- they had like seven year old running a hooters type restauraunt called "Raisins" (yes, I know-I thought it was funny), but I never imagined someone would be this stupid....

Posted by: Tman at May 21, 2004 01:20 PM

They shouldn't shoot the owners; shoot the parents who bring the kids in there.

Posted by: La Shawn Barber at May 21, 2004 01:39 PM

Amazing. The sexualization of children continues. I remember 5-6 years ago they had a very weird commercial for "Zest" soap in which the camera was in the shower with a girl who appeared to be about 10 years old (of course, showing only her face). It creeped me out thoroughly.

Posted by: Pat Curley at May 21, 2004 06:36 PM

Just in case you were wondering, that was a blanket email (most likely an attempt to cover up the mistake). I emailed Hooters PR myself and received the exact same response.

It's a load of crap, but at least they heard from us and fixed things.

Posted by: Alex at May 21, 2004 10:54 PM

The list of who to shoot in a case like this is long, the owners, the parents, and anyone who wanted to attend and gawk. I have been getting several spam child incesst "fantasy" (tell us your stories and we´ll tell you ours) and purported real incesst porn site e-mails. Let´s go on a shooting spree... :-)

(had to mispell above because of word filter)

Posted by: Alessa at June 9, 2004 11:00 PM
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