Hooters called out for photoshopping photo of waitress: ‘Why?’

A Hooters waitress in the US has called out the restaurant chain for photoshopping an image of her at work before it was posted to social media.

The waitress, called Sandra on TikTok, shared the photoshopped snap of her in her Hooters uniform, which was posted by the Texas restaurant WacoHooters on Instagram this week.

“Why they photoshopped my belly button,” she asked on the clip, which has been viewed over 3.2M times.

Sandra said WacoHooters had ‘removed’ her belly button piercing from the image shared online, with the piercing usually visible at work.

But she added that she didn’t actually mind, but “thought it was funny”.

A few people suggested that Hooters might have a policy disallowing body piercings while at work, with one person commenting: “I think it’s because you’re not supposed to have piercings when you work there.”

Though Sandra responded saying she was “confused” by whether it was a rule or not.

One person added: “At least they didn’t photoshop you skinnier because that’s definitely what I thought was going on.”

It comes after Hooters was last-week forced to back track on uniform changes that would have asked waitresses to wear even shorter pants, after one waitress called out the change in another viral TikTok video.

Kirsten Songer, who posts to the @theflathootersgirl TikTok account, tried on the new black bikini-cut shorts on her account over a pair of grey leggings.

“I can’t even hide the front of my leggings and oh look, a wedgie,” she said, turning around to show the camera the back of the shorts

A series of videos showed waitresses holding up the itsy bitsy new ‘shorts’, which are completely cut out at the back.

Hooters then responded to the backlash around their new uniforms, saying waitresses have the option to choose from the new uniform or the traditional one.

“Hooters of America, franchisor and operator of Hooters restaurants, appreciates the feedback, both positive and negative, regarding a more accommodating and inclusive image policy on tattoos, jewelry, nails, hairstyles as well as new uniform options – to include new top styles, shorts and the addition of socks,” a statement provided to Yahoo Lifestyle from Hooters said.