What It Really Means To Be A Hooters Girl

What It Really Means To Be A Hooters Girl

It's not about flirting for money, it's about creating an experience.
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Every time someone asks where I work, I hesitate. I try to offer the simple answer of "well, I'm a waitress", but it never ends there. It is always followed up by "oh, that's cool. Where do you work?" It is at that point that I am somehow able to muster up the word, "Hooters."

I get different reactions from different people, but most of them are full of judgment.
I've been hit with the "why do you work there? That's so degrading."
The, "Yeah? You must think pretty highly of yourself, don't you?"
And even the, "Oh... well at least it's better than Deja Vu."


It took a while, but throughout my time at Hooters, I've learned exactly what it means to be a Hooters Girl. And it's not to look sexy or flirt with men for money. Being a Hooters Girl is so much more than being a pretty face inside a restaurant.

A Hooters Girl is hired upon her bubbly, outgoing personality.
When our managers are in the interview process, they are searching for that girl who fits the All-American cheerleader. A girl with a captivating smile who can talk to anyone and a girl who is willing to hold conversations with complete strangers. They look for girls who aren't afraid to laugh with their guests and maybe play a game or two while they're at it. That is a Hooters Girl.

Hooters Girls go above and beyond for their guests.
As a Hooters Girl, we must be extremely attentive to our guests. We offer extraordinary customer care and aim to ensure that customers have all that they need at all times. Our goal is to make you feel like our only and most important customer when you enter our restaurant.

Hooters girls give you a break from reality.
"Welcome to Hooters. Where the beer is cold, the wings are to die for, and the girls give you a break from life's stress."

As Hooters Girls, it is our goal to ensure that your time in our care is enjoyable and stress-free. We don't want you to have to think about your bills or how much paperwork you have at the office. We want you to focus on the good things about life (obviously beer and wings are two of those!). But It's also so much more than that. We want to get to know you and not just for the tip. As described earlier, we were hired on our outgoing personalities and our desire to meet new people. We genuinely want to get to know you and invite you back. We want you to have a great time every time!

Hooters Girls get involved in the community and try to make a difference.
Being a Hooters Girl is so much more than going into work every day and heading home at night. We often reach out to others in the community and aim to make a difference. We have volunteered at soup kitchens and helped others in need. In an extreme circumstance, Mariana Villareal from Roswell, Georgia gave a customer a kidney. No, we might not all be offered the chance to donate organs, and we might not all be willing to go THAT far, but we do what we can to volunteer and help our communities.

Hooters girls have beauty and smarts.
To start, our training process is very rigorous. There are a lot of videos and on-the-job training and some of the trainers are tough on the girls, but it is for the benefit of everyone. We also are constantly taking tests on new menu items and safety topics each month. We want to make sure that any question a customer has can be answered almost immediately.
Aside from that, most Hooters Girls are in college. We have a job to pay for our education and to better ourselves. Many people think that Hooters Girls are ditzy and brainless, but it is actually the exact opposite. Hooters offers tuition reimbursement based on grades and average hours worked a week. They appreciate our hard work while in school and encourage us to do well in both school and work.

Do not treat us poorly because you think we are hired solely on our looks. Do not put us down because we "flirt with everyone." We are here to do a job, and we are pretty darn good at it!

SEE ALSO: 9 Questions You Always Wanted To Ask A Hooters Girl But Were Too Afraid To

In my time of being a Hooters Girl, I have learned exactly what it means to be one. It is not to be a flirt or pretend to love everyone, it's about having a genuine interest in the people I serve. It is about creating an experience for my guests that you cannot get anywhere else.

It is about being a good person and a beautiful person both inside and out. Being a Hooters Girl has made me a better person and I couldn't ask for a better family or corporation at my back.

Cover Image Credit: Farrand Schneider

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The Ultimate Ranking Of Chick-Fil-A Menu Items, From 'This is Fine' To 'My Pleasure'

I'll have one of each.

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It's no secret that Chick-fil-A has changed the game in the food service industry for their unmatched customer service, but let us not forget the thing that gets their guests in the door: the food. Chick-fil-A's menu is made up of all chicken entrees, delectable sides, and sweet treats to follow their meals. To be honest, there isn't really a bad item on their menu. Well, maybe just one, *cough* the chicken salad sandwich *cough cough*. Next time you're headed there and you're not sure what to order, consider ordering one or some of these items that I believe you truly cannot go wrong with.

12.  Lemonade

that's good

Lemons, water, and sugar, that's it. Chick-fil-A knows this classic drink's recipe doesn't need to be messed with because its perfect just the way it is. Freshly squeezed lemon juice is the key to this sour yet sweet treat.

11.  Chocolate chunk cookie

go hug yourself

It's a chocolate chunk ooey-gooey cookie with oats, baked fresh daily and served warm. What more could one ask for? Ordering one is like giving yourself a hug. Pair it with a bottle of their milk and thank me later.

10.  Chick-n-strips

did everyone try the chicken?

You can't go wrong ordering these and dunking them into the sauce of your choice. The breading is a little sweet and paired with their Zesty Buffalo sauce, it creates the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. I'm pretty sure these are proof that God is real and wants us to be happy.

9. Grilled nuggets

i regret nothing

This guilt-free version of chicken nuggets is perfect for anyone looking for a healthier alternative to the classic dish. Essentially just cut up chicken breasts cooked on Chick-fil-A's specially designed grill, these nuggets are naked and delicious.

8. Sweet tea

Kermit Tea

This sweet tea surely has unhealthy amounts of sugar to make it super sweet the way we love it, but do we care? Nope! Their tea is brewed fresh daily and served over a heaping amount of ice to keep it ice cold and so yummy. Did I mention there are free refills?

7. Chicken biscuit

biscuits

The chicken biscuit is their breakfast portion chicken breast in between two flakey, doughy biscuits. Chick-fil-A makes their biscuits fresh every morning of course, and who said chicken isn't for breakfast?

6. Milkshakes

Milkshake

Chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, or cookies and cream—whatever flavor you choose, you'll be so glad you ordered a milkshake here. If you're lucky enough to catch one of their seasonal shakes, peach or peppermint chip, consider yourself blessed. The team members hand-spin these babies to order, topped with whipped cream and a cherry.

5. The Original Chicken Sandwich

Chicken Nuggets and Sandwich

You know how sequels for movies aren't always necessary because the original is just so good? Yeah, it's kind of like that. Don't bother going somewhere else for a chicken sandwich unless you're looking to be disappointed. Served on a buttered bun with two pickles, this simple sandwich is perfect in every way.

4. Chicken nuggets

Curtis Chicken Nuggets

Dunk-able, pop-able, enjoyable. What more can I say? Chick-fil-A delivers about the only fast-food chicken nugget that doesn't look like fried coated mush when you bite into it. Dip it in any of Chick-fil-A's dipping sauces and get ready for a flavor explosion to make your taste buds the happiest little taste buds in the world.

3. Chicken minis

Honey Boo Boo gif

If you've never tried Chick-fIl-A's breakfast, you need to, like as soon as possible. A lot of people don't even know Chick-fil-A serves breakfast, but order these chicken minis and you'll never forget it. A chicken nugget tucked into a honey buttered yeast roll, chicken minis are like having a little piece of heaven in your mouth.

2. Spicy chicken sandwich 

Spicy

The bottom line is that the spicy sandwich is a masterpiece. A spicy marinated chicken breast coated in spicy breading on a buttery bun? I'll take ten please. There is not a flaw in this sandwich. Not too spicy, but packed with flavor. They really outdid themselves with this one.

1. Waffle fries

waffle fries

Voted the best fast food item by The Ringer, these fries are no joke. These waffle fries are a must-order every time you find yourself in a Chick-fil-A. Whether you get a crispy one or a floppy one, they never disappoint. Fold it in half and dip it in Chick-fil-A Sauce, or squeeze on some honey roasted barbeque and dig in.

Now that we've eaten through the menu with our eyes, let's hope it's not Sunday so we can go feast on the best quick service restaurant America has to offer. There is not a bad item on this list, so take a chance on one of these items and you'll be glad you did.

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