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Hooters Has 'Standards' and Boldly Bans San Diego Mayor

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San Diego locations of the national breastaurant chain Hooters have banned sex scandal-riddled mayor Bob Filner from dining at their restaurants. The executive director of the Republican Party of San Diego Francis Barraza tweeted a picture of a sign barring Filner from Hooters, which explains that they "believe it is imperative for people to have standards," that "all women should be treated with respect," and that "the mayor of San Diego will not be served in this establishment." An employee told Barraza that the decision to ban the mayor was a "corporate decision" in effect at all San Diego Hooters.

A spokesperson for Hooters told Slate: "It's not a political move for us in any way, shape, or form. We're strictly taking a stand for the fair treatment of women. At our franchise alone, we employ 1100 beautiful, talented women." Apparently, the text from the sign was inspired by conservative television and radio host Glenn Beck, who has encouraged businesses to ban Filner using posters he offers on his website.

· @FrancisBarraza [Twitter]
· Photo: Hooters Restaurants in San Diego Won't Serve Bob Filner [Slate]
· All Hooters Coverage on Eater [-E-]


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