Controversy strikes a Hooters establishment in Michigan after bosses threaten to fire a 5’ 8” 132lbs waitress for being “too fat.”
The establishment provided Cassie Smith with a paid gym membership and reportedly told her to go on a “weight restriction” plan if she wanted to keep her job. If she didn’t lose the weight within a given time period, she would be “separated from the company.”
You can find all the details on the controversy on the Huffington Post but we want to know whose side you’re on.
There’s a video on HP that shows Cassie now. It’s clear she’s gained weight and, for someone who is insisting she’s not too big to waitress there, she makes no attempt to stand up and show off her body like she did in her before picture above. In fact, throughout the whole video its clear that she’s gained weight in her face and (especially given the fact that she insists on sitting down and hiding the rest of her body) presumably everywhere else.
Cassie Smith is fighting against the Hooters organization claiming she shouldn’t be fired (or threatened to be fired) for being what they consider “too fat.”
On the other hand, Hooters is defending their decision comparing themselves to employers like the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders or the Rockettes, who are expected to uphold a specific image.
“We will say that our practice of upholding an image standard based on appearance, attitude, and fitness for Hooters girls is both legal and fair.”
We have to agree with Hooters here. Sure, no woman wants to be criticized for her weight but at the same time, the Hooters organization is based on an expectation of customers being served by hot, fit waitresses. If she knew the standards up front, she can’t complain that she’s getting fired now. Besides, who wants to go into a Hooters restaurant and get waited on by an overweight employee whose trying so desperately to fit into an XS shirt that she ends up approaching your table with a very noticeable muffin top? It might be the experience you expect to get at your local McDonalds, but not Hooters.
Quit your bitching, take the free membership and work off the pounds, Cassie. It’s as simple as that.