07 December 2010

Sauce Gets Competitive

It's competition time at Hooters.  To the general populace this is more commonly known as "the holidays."  Of course those of us who work in any type of retail environment know that it's not so much of time of family gatherings as it's a time of selling the shit right out of stuff.  Allow me to elaborate.

During the month of December, Hooters wants me and every other Hooters Girl to sell as many "souvenirs" as we can.  Obviously, we are always expected to sell stuff, but during the holidays the expectation rises exponentially.  Ideally, I am meant to mention merchandise at every table and generally I do; my sales numbers are always pretty high.  Other girls struggle with the whole sales part of the Hooters Girl job.  Usually this is met with a not so serious warning.  But this is competition time and things have changed.

As a way to increase December sales, Hooters always holds some sort of competition in which the top seller receives a prize.  Last year the first girl to reach $750 in merchandise and gift card sales received 50% off any merchandise purchases for an entire day for "Christmas shopping."  Um, I work at Hooters.  I don't want to be constantly reminded of that by buying all my family Hooters shit.  Besides that hardly seems thoughtful.  And don't even get me started on the fact that it was just an opportunity for Hooters to make more money.  Whatever.  I won the contest with a nearly $200 lead.  Only all I wanted was a sweatshirt so they just gave me one.  So I made them bunches of money and I got a sweatshirt.  Go me?

This year, however, Hooters really stepped up their game and are giving away a freaking trip to Vegas.  Now when I say trip to Vegas I mean they are giving a two-night stay at Hooters Hotel (which they get for free) and $100 toward a plane ticket.  So basically they are giving away $100 when it's all said and done.  But that's not the effing point.  The effing point is that I am the most competitive person in the world and I WILL win.  And then I will go to Vegas and be utterly fabulous.

Day one of the contest I was the leading seller with $150 in sales.  Go me indeed.  Then I had two days off and now I have no idea what's going on and who has sold what.  All I know is that tomorrow it is so freaking on.  And to that man who said I was the best salesperson he'd ever seen, thank you for realizing my supreme level of awesome.  And for buying two shirts you didn't even know you wanted.

So who wants to drive to Missoula and do a little Christmas shopping?


  1. Heh. Checking Google Maps . . . good luck, btw!

  2. That brought back some memories. I was the merch manager at my store. It was a whole other set of headaches that most restaurant managers never have to deal with. I always told people to push the mints. They were cheap and really a tasty mint in a cool tin. Once they saw how happy the girl got over them buying mints, some of them would start asking about t-shirts. I also ran a promotion with the seat covers. My regional was complaining about one store having a couple cases they couldn't sell. We sold them to the regulars. Those stools suck. They bought a cushion, someone would write their name on it and then all the girls would sign it. We hung them on the wall above the bar and had a little hook thing to get them down with. it was a cool decor thing that made the regulars feel special and made me look good for being able to sell them.

  3. OMG (yes, that was omg worthy) I love that! I am going to use my creativity and sell the shit out of random crap!

  4. Yeah, they are expecting the direct approach in trying to sell them something. The key is finding a way to make them think that buying something is a good idea. Beer and orange shorts are good for facilitating that thought too.

  5. What are you going to sell to your model train collecting, pantyhose and suspender wearing super creepy old guy?

  6. Ah get back in the game Sauce! I actually would like a Hooters shirt for christmas, but I'm afraid I can't come all the way from London to get one from Missoula, otherwise my family would definitely NOT be getting christmas presents this year.

    Good luck! If you win I'm sure we can all look forward to a Las Vegas blog post :)



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