Local Hooters: We Won't Serve San Diego Mayor

San Diego locations bear sign letting Bob Filner know just that

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 14, 2013 6:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – In a move that might force you to give it some respect, Hooters has decided not to serve scandalized San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. The executive director of the San Diego Republican Party was the first to publicize the news, tweeting out a picture of a sign in one Hooters window reading:

  • "This establishment recognizes that we all have political differences and we serve people from all walks of life. 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."
BuzzFeed has pictures of the same sign appearing in another restaurant, and the word from Hooters' official Twitter account is: "Our Hooters Girls in San Diego have spoken. Not a corporate gig, but we support our girls." Oddest twist: It looks like the campaign originated with Glenn Beck, who last week presented the sign, which he says he created, on his show, notes the Blaze. "I think this sign should be in every establishment in San Diego," he said.

The mayor, who still refuses to resign despite allegations of sexual harassment from at least 14 women, yesterday responded to the attempt to recall him from office, saying that "now is not the time to go backwards." But things are looking even worse for him, reports CNN, with a city councilman asking him to explain more than $500 in charges to his official city credit card. The charges are from the Westgate Hotel, which is across the street from the mayor's office, and regulars at the hotel bar say Filner was often there with various women. The city councilman points out that the card also includes charges from an online reputation-management firm ($3,000), a trip to Paris ($30,000), and a juicer ($128).

A woman passes the entrance to a Hooters restaurant with a sign stating that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will not be served at the establishment Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, in San Diego.
A woman passes the entrance to a Hooters restaurant with a sign stating that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will not be served at the establishment Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, in San Diego.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
A sign posted on the outside of the entrance to a Hooters restaurant states that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will not be served Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, in San Diego.
A sign posted on the outside of the entrance to a Hooters restaurant states that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will not be served Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, in San Diego.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
A man passes a sign, left,  posted on the outside of the entrance to a Hooters restaurant stating that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will not be served Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, in San Diego.
A man passes a sign, left, posted on the outside of the entrance to a Hooters restaurant stating that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will not be served Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, in San Diego.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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