SAN DIEGO — Four San Diego-area Hooters restaurants — known for waitresses who wear tight orange shorts and tank tops — have posted signs saying they will not serve San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who is fighting allegations of sexual harassment.
All four locations are owned by Hootwinc, which operates Hooters eateries on the West Coast.
“This establishment recognizes that we all have political differences and we serve people from all walks of life,” according to a sign posted in the window of the downtown location on Market Street. “We also believe it is imperative for people to have standards. The mayor of San Diego will not be served in this establishment. We believe women should be treated with respect.”
The decision gained national attention Tuesday afternoon following a tweet by Francis Barraza, executive director for the Republican Part of San Diego County. She was having lunch at the Rancho Bernardo location.
“By the time I’d left lunch there was already stories that were on the Internet,” said Barraza. “So it was kind of shocking that they took that tweet and kind of ran with it.”
Melissa Fry, the marketing director for Hootwinc, said the edict also affects locations in Mission Valley, Oceanside and Rancho Bernardo.
The signs are available for download at the website of national radio and television personality Glenn Beck.
Mike Slater, a talk show host for the station that carries Beck’s radio program, has been urging listeners to post the signs.
There seem to be mixed opinions about the decision to ban Filner.
“I do think it was the right decision,” said Zach Wolfe, San Diego resident. “I hope more restaurants do it to be honest, until he finally gets the point and steps down.”
“It used to be the other way around, innocent until proven guilty,” said Alex Moreno, San Diego visitor. “Now with social networks and the way this wildfire spreads, positive or negative, everyone should definitely wait for the outcome. There are two sides to every story.”
According to the Mike Slater Show signs were also posted at Alvarado Pharmacy near San Diego State, Animal Urgent Care in Escondido, Chrome Collision in Poway. UT San Diego also reported a sign at Vision 8 Financial Services in San Marcos. Of those, only the pharmacy is in the city of San Diego.
The pharmacy may have since removed the sign. A Fox 5 crew stopped by there Tuesday evening and did not see it in the window.