|And then sometimes work is like work.|
Almost three years ago I had my first interview at Hooters. Not having opened yet, I met the general manager in a stark hotel convention center next to the growing wooden skeleton of Hooters next door. While the exact stereotypical questions I was asked now escape me, one not-so-typical question will always remain with me:
“Do you have a boyfriend or significant other that would have a problem with you working at Hooters?”
While that particular interview question seemed a little funny at the time, it also seemed entirely relevant. It takes no stretch of the imagination to understand why the question is an important one. An important question I could easily say no to. At the time I was newly single and loving being completely unattached. There was no around to worry about me working at Hooters except for me.
Regardless of my status at the time however, I knew I would never be the type of girl to let a man mandate where I chose to work whether my choice was Hooters or not. I suppose it comes down to the fact that a guy who takes such a strong, controlling stance on one issue would probably do the same on others. As an independent, self-sufficient woman I don’t do controlling guys. Life is just too short to let someone else do your decision-making.
I hadn’t really thought about all of this in a long time until just recently. I was training a couple of weeks ago when my trainee began talking about her ex boyfriend. As it turned out, he had urged her to apply at Hooters pointing out the opportunity to make good tips. After he’d mentioned the idea a few times she came in and applied and to her surprise was hired nearly right away.
And that’s when things got weird. Suddenly the boyfriend who was so into the Hooters idea decided that he didn’t like her working there. In fact he didn’t like the idea so much that he decided to breakup with her over it (while I am sure there is more to the story, this seems to have been the major point of contention). Hooters was that big of a deal.
Now I’m not going to jump on how wrong his – or any other guy’s – negative opinion of Hooters is. As I’ve always asserted, I have no problem with people not liking Hooters. What I do have a problem with is people forcing that opinion on others. And I’d say a boyfriend/husband/fiancé forcing his girlfriend/wife/fiancé to quit or never apply at Hooters if she wants to is certainly forcing an opinion. That is something I totally take issue with.
So no, I do not have a boyfriend or significant other who has a problem with me working at Hooters. In fact, I thing Dreamy likes that I work at Hooters. Not only does it mean his girlfriend has a reasonable level of hotness, but a pretty decent personality too. Plus all that work at Hooters bought him a PS3. Here’s to working it at Hooters because I can and because I want too. No man-pinions needed.