Hooters is being served with a lawsuit by a former Detroit-area employee who says she was told to agree to lose weight or lose her job. Cassandra Smith said Hooters violated Michigan law when it placed her on 30-day weight probation earlier this month. She resigned as a result.
Smith’s lawsuit, filed Monday in Macomb County Circuit Court, says she received good reviews while working at the Roseville restaurant. But on May 14, she says she was told to lose weight to improve her looks. Smith said she weighs 132 pounds, 13 pounds less than when she was recruited in 2008. Hooters’ servers wear tank tops and tight shorts. Atlanta-based Hooters of America says it has not seen the lawsuit but insists it doesn’t enforce a weight requirement.
In a video statement, Cassandra Smith commented that she was told that her uniform was “not properly fitting anymore” . A seemingly callow remark implying that her uniform did fit at one point in her career as a Hooters waitress. To me, when a uniform, bridal gown, prom dress, business suit — clothes — no longer fit, it is a clear indication that you are putting on weight.
Cassandra Smith does not have a valid case. Ms. Smith is free to work anywhere else in this great country of freedom and choice, assuming her new employer does not have “standards.” As I’ve said before, if one willingly applies to work at an establishment where image is among the top requirements, then the applicant does indeed have an obligation to uphold that deal; handshake or contract. Cassandra Smith appears to be squatting on the “acceptance bandwagon” and might very well gain support from others who myopically interpret this as an unjust social rights violation.
I personally applaud Hooters; not only are they preventing Cassandra Smith from rolling down a hill headed towards obesity (pun intended) at an early age, but they are upholding their own corporate standards as being “delightfully tacky yet unrefined.”
I don’t know why, but this video makes me giggle uncontrollably.
Today I had the chance to interview one of our affiliates, Jason Estephan from “Six Year Productions”. He, and his crew, will be attending the YouTube Partner Meet-up roadshow. This is basically a “meet-and-greet” style get together for youtubers to network, share, and co-mingle ideas.
Coming soon the SYP folks will be getting a media bump from our local musical scene. Deathcore band from Buffalo, NY “What Lies Beneath” will have one music video done by Six Year Productions. Also another local band from Buffalo, NY “the BUNNY the BEAR” dubbed experimental post-hardcore electronic will have a music video with possibilities of more done by the SYP folks. Founder of Six year Productions, Jason Estephan, will be the Director, publisher, animator, and editor with assistance from Co-Founder and Writer Jeremy Biniecki.
I asked Jason what he expects to get from the Google/Youtube convention and he replied “Pretty much SYP needs to get bigger and better by selling out and gaining affiliates.” I asked “You actually consider it selling out or do you consider it one step closer to making it big?” He replied “Well, it’s both”. He is very excited about the meetup and the music videos. And in my opinion this is one motivated person to watch out for in the coming years.
Jason is hoping to get some collaborations together in the future. He is also going to try to bring his videos back to their roots, with a few new twists. Some of the upcoming twists include animation, a new geek friendly 8-bit animated logo, collaborations with other youtube stars, and possibly an animated series. So, as I said before this kid has the potential and willpower to become huge. Check him and the SYP crew out at http://www.sixyearproductions.com/
A MAN had to have his penis cut free by SEVEN firefighters after he got it stuck in a steel PIPE. The crew used a METAL GRINDER for the delicate 30-minute operation, after doctors at Southampton General Hospital tried to release him without success. The medics failed because the restricted blood flow had caused the man to become aroused. A crew from the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service used the four-and-a-half-inch grinder to cut the pipe free on Tuesday morning. Afterwards, the patient was given an anaesthetic and although his willy was left bruised and swollen it was otherwise unharmed. The anxious man aged about 40 failed to explain how the pipe had become stuck. A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said today: “Initially the crew did not have the appropriate cutting equipment to free the man. “It was a very delicate operation that required a very steady hand and the crew was worried about things getting too hot during the cutting.
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