San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Banned By Hooters

Filner Hooters

Even Hooters has standards:

Hooters locations in San Diego will no longer be welcoming embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner into its doors, citing respect for women and a belief that people should have standards.

The Republican Party of San Diego Executive Director Francis Barraza tweeted a photo of the sign at one of the chain locations in Rancho Bernardo. “The mayor of San Diego will not be served in this establishment,” the sign stated.

Hooters did not immediately respond to POLITICO’s request for comment. Director of marketing for HootWinc Melissa Fry told Slate that signs went up at four San Diego locations.

“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,” Fry told Slate.

No word on whether area strip clubs will be joining in the boycott.

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  1. Is that LEGAL??

  2. CSK says:

    When you’re persona non grata at Hooters, you’ve really hit rock bottom.

  3. Hal 10000 says:

    Actually, this doesn’t surprise me. For all their scantily clad girls, Hooters tries to maintain a friendly atmosphere and cultivate a certain corporate image.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:
  5. Tillman says:

    Yeah, as much as Hooters banks on hot female servers to draw clientele, they probably have a vested interest in keeping slobbering perverts out.

  6. Tony W says:

    This morning I see that some media outlets are suggesting Glen Beck has a role in this, not sure if it’s true or if they are just muddying the waters…

  7. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    Hooters has an extremely strict “no touching” policy to protect their staff. Filner has demonstrated, repeatedly and profoundly, that he has issues with that sort of thing.

    But as long as he’s pro-choice, don’t expect feminists to go after him too rigorously. Nor many high-profile Democrats. Nancy Pelosi gets snotty if you even mention his name, let alone bring up her long association with him.

  8. walt moffett says:

    @Original Pechanga:

    Is it legal to protect your employees from sexual harassment?

  9. al-Ameda says:

    I feel sorry for anyone who aspires to write fiction – you just can’t compete with this.

  10. Joe Usr says:

    So now Filner can’t get bad service and horrible food anymore? Wow! I bet he’s really sorry now… This failing company is desperate to get customers in the door!

  11. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    @Joe Usr: You obviously have never had their burgers and wings. Good food, good service.

  12. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    And in non-fluff news regarding Filner, at least three women told San Diego’s Democratic chairman about his grabby ways — and were blown off. The Democratic appartchiks weighed doing the right thing and risking not winning the mayor’s race — and threw all those women under the bus.

  13. Tillman says:

    @Jenos Idanian #13: This is new how? Democrats and Republicans are both human, and I’d expect both to attempt to save institutional face over doing the right thing.

    I don’t get it, Jenos. You think Democrats are portrayed as these white knights of public policy, and yet most leftists in the OTB commentariat accept the Democrats as extremely flawed but preferable politicians. It’s like you’re attempting to discredit Democrats down to the level of Republicans, who do the same base human crony shenanigans but don’t have the redeeming excuse of, “At least we attempt to govern the nation sensibly.”

  14. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    @Tillman: So, at what price political victory? In Filner’s case, apparently enabling a serial predator of women was not too high a price.

    And those who supported him? Either they knew and chose to turn a blind eye, or they didn’t know then. They need to either apologize or retract their support.

  15. al-Ameda says:

    @Jenos Idanian #13:

    And those who supported him? Either they knew and chose to turn a blind eye, or they didn’t know then. They need to either apologize or retract their support.

    L O L !
    So you’re asking the political supporters of Bob Filner Party to apologize: (1) on behalf of Bob Filner, and (2) for “enabling” Bob Filner?

    As soon as Republicans start apologizing for leveraging the Debt Limit Ceiling struggle into a downgrading of American Debt, I’ll start asking “supporters” like Jerry Brown or Nancy Pelosi to apologize for not knowing that Bob Filner is a creep.

  16. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    @al-Ameda: Nancy Pelosi worked closely with Filner for years, and endorsed him when he ran for Mayor. Do you really think it’s out of line to ask her if she knew of the numerous allegations against him when she endorsed him, and if she still supports him now?

    Oh, and if you haven’t heard (and I’m sure you haven’t, inside your No Bad News About Democrats Cone Of Silence), the latest Filner accuser is a great-grandmother who worked for the city on senior citizen relations.

    And how brave of you to stand up for the rights of Democratic men to fondle, grope, and harass women as long as you can find some Republicans who somehow fail to live up to your political beliefs. You won’t tolerate anyone saying anything bad about Filner because of the debt ceiling? Jumping Jesus on a pogo stick, that’s effing desperate.

  17. al-Ameda says:

    @Jenos Idanian #13:

    You won’t tolerate anyone saying anything bad about Filner because of the debt ceiling? Jumping Jesus on a pogo stick, that’s effing desperate.

    I’m sorry that English comprehension presents such difficulty for you.

  18. William Wilgus says:

    I’m old enough to remember when neither sex regarded ‘copping a feel’ as The Crime of the Century. From what I gather, his transgressions were more than that. Bad cess, Filner.

    Times and attitudes change. Would the Death Penalty be too severe?

    I assume there will be some monetary compensation in the future. Do you think there’s enough time for me to have a sex change and ‘join the band wagon’?

  19. Crista says: