Christian university discourages students from working at Hooters

A Christian university in Abilene, Texas, is discouraging its students from getting a job at restaurant chain Hooters, which is set to open a new branch on Jan. 15 just a short distance away from the school's campus.

(WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / Keithimus)Abilene Christian University's Bible Building and Bell Tower. 5 September 2007.

In a written statement given to KTXS, a representative from Abilene Christian University revealed that it had urged its students to first think about what Hooter represents and if they want to advocate that. The restaurant chain is popular for employing "scantily clad" female servers, the publication noted.

"If a student was in a position where the university felt they were not upholding the standards in the handbook, we'd address those issues with that student at that time," the ACU spokesperson added.

KTXS also asked ACU if it would expel students that apply for a job at Hooters or take disciplinary action on a male student that would patronize the said restaurant. The spokesperson for the Christian university said situations would be dealt with on a case-to-case basis.

Hooters was also asked for a reaction on ACU's stance on students working at the restaurant. In response, Sarah Osment highlighted the company's commitment to supporting communities and fostering an environment that welcomes all kinds of guests and employees.

Meanwhile, local radio host Frank Pain has called out local newspaper Abilene Reporter News for "freaking out" over the opening of the new Hooters branch. On comments that the Hooters Girls were "scantily clad," the radio DJ said a lot of people with far less clothing have been seen strolling about in public pools and high school volleyball courts, Rock 108 KEYJ reported.

In addition, Pain enumerated the causes that Hooters supported. Among them were the Breast Cancer Awareness, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Special Olympics, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and Muscular Dystrophy Association. In the end, he said people who do not like the restaurant should simply steer clear of its location.