Hooters is backtracking on their recently announced new uniform policy, after complaints were made by their female staff members about extremely revealing bikini bottoms that were going to become part of the required uniform.
The company now says it is reversing its recent mandate, permitting their staff to choose between the new shorts and normal shorts in an e-mail to Insider on Sunday, October 17.
“As we continue to listen and update the image of the Hooters Girls, we are clarifying that they have the option to choose from traditional uniforms or the new ones,” a spokesperson wrote in the e-mail. “They can determine which style of shorts best fits their body style and personal image.”
After some of Hooters’ servers took to TikTok to rip on the new shorts, the latest in a history of complaints lodged against the company for sexualization of women since its founding in 1983.
In its statement, Hooters wrote that it “appreciates the feedback, both positive and negative, regarding a more accommodating and inclusive image policy on tattoos, jewelry, nails, hairstyles as well as new uniform options — to include new top styles, shorts, and the addition of socks.”
Apparently, the shorts were “the result of a collaboration with Hooters Girls and have been worn for months in several Texas markets with overwhelmingly positive feedback,” the spokesperson said.
“Oh look, a wedgie!” employee Kristen Songer said in a trending TikTok video of herself modeling the new uniform bottoms.
Reply to @kat.abrramo so here’s what they look like on! I had to use a tape measure for my sizing and then I still couldn’t get them off after this video :) #uniform #hooters #shorts #hooterstiktok #college #waitress #restaurant #hootersgirledition #OneSliceChallenge♬ A moist healing song - Nez Tunes
“love my job but dont love wearing undies to work ☠️,” wrote Hooters employee Autumn.
love my job but dont love wearing undies to work ☠️ #hootersgirl @Kirsten :)♬ Jenna_Did_it - Chy
Still, there appear to be some food servers who plan to opt for the uniform briefs.
“I’ve been making way more money with the new shorts,” TikTok user jazzzzzzzzzz.y said in a video of herself modeling an orange pair.