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Council to turn down Hooters application. Fears of drunken trouble spark veto. The investor Tore Lie wants to establish the American dining experience called Hooters in Stavanger. The idea of serving alcohol in a restaurant with scantily-clad waitresses doesn’t appeal to all.Sexist Hooters’ concept is to dress their young, female staff in tight-fitting tops and shorts the length of hotpants.

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Council to turn down Hooters application

Published on Wednesday, 13th January, 2010 at 05:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Fears of drunken trouble spark veto.

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The investor Tore Lie wants to establish the American dining experience called Hooters in Stavanger. The idea of serving alcohol in a restaurant with scantily-clad waitresses doesn’t appeal to all.

Sexist

Hooters’ concept is to dress their young, female staff in tight-fitting tops and shorts the length of hotpants.

Though the franchise underlines that it’s a family concept, they write on their Internet site that: “the element of female sex appeal is prevalent in the restaurants”.

Bjørg Unstad of the Equal Opportunities Commission informs Stavanger Aftenblad that a purely single-sex employment practice is against the law, pointing out that the American company’s concept is discriminating.

Putting a cork in it

Meanwhile, Conservative Party (H) member Christin Sagen Helgø tells NRK Rogaland that it’s not the (suggestive) clothing, but a matter of principal.

“When someone applies for a licence to serve alcohol in the alcohol-approved part of town where we already think there’s an adequate supply, we turn their request down,” she says, and admitting to Rogalands Avis that her party hasn’t even considered the matter.

Legal proceedings

Most of the political parties, apart from the Progress Party (FrP), have already indicated that they will vote against Lie’s request when it comes before the council’s executive committee tomorrow.

His lawyer, Stein Hansson, says the investor is willing to go to court if the application is refused.

“It won’t be a surprise if they do, but I believe turning the application down will be biased and discriminatory. The police have already issued a general statement that the council has given weight to, without looking at the individual circumstances.”



Published on Wednesday, 13th January, 2010 at 05:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: tore, lie, otium, hooters, stavanger, council, politicians, application, alcohol, restaurant, drinking, norway.





  
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