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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Banned From San Diego Hooters Locations

— On Tuesday, the San Diego locations of the popular restaurant chain Hooters made headlines with its ban of embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. Though the ban isn't nationwide, the corporation stated on Twitter that it supports its employees' call to keep Filner out.

In an announcement made via Twitter, the popular chain stated, “Our Hooters Girls in San Diego have spoken. Not a corporate gig, but we support our girls.”

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Hooters' corporate account tweeted Tuesday that the company has not banned Filner nationwide but that it stands with the San Diego locations that have.

Aired 8/13/13 on KPBS News.

On Tuesday, the San Diego locations of the popular restaurant chain Hooters made headlines with their ban of embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. Though the ban isn't nationwide, the corporation stated on Twitter that it supports its employees' call to keep Filner out.

According to several tweets posted Tuesday afternoon by people in San Diego, the locations made signs that assert that Hooters is an establishment that respects women:

"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."

Sign inside of San Diego Hooters restaurants. Credit: @stephenpuetz (Stephen Puetz)/Twitter.

According to U-T San Diego, the signs are available for download at the website of national radio and television personality Glenn Beck.

Mike Slater, a talk show host for the station that carries Beck's radio program, has been urging listeners to post the signs. The newspaper reported that the signs have also been posted at Alvarado Pharmacy near San Diego State, Animal Urgent Care in Escondido, Chrome Collision in Poway and Vision 8 Financial Services in San Marcos. Of those, only the pharmacy is in the city of San Diego.

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Avatar for user 'thompsonrichard'

thompsonrichard | August 13, 2013 at 4:20 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

Hooters won't serve Bob? On Sept. 26, 2005 a female U.S. soldier was convicted on one count of conspiracy, four counts of maltreating detainees and one count of committing an indecent act. Along with a dishonorable discharge, she received a three-year prison sentence. Condoleezza Rice refused to describe what occurred at the Abu Ghraib prison as torture at her confirmation hearing for Secretary of State. She claimed the Geneva Conventions does not apply to individuals associated with Al Qaeda.
Sen. Barbara Boxer demanded Donald Rumsfield's resignation over torturing prisoners -- she also demanded Bob Filner resign because he allegedly asked a fragile Marine for a date.
Bob's sophomore year at Cornell: Good Friday, 1963~ Pope John XXIII interrupted the service at Saint Peter's Cathedral. He ordered that the reference to "perfidious Jews" be stricken from the record at once. Fortunate Filner, whose mother was a Jewess, was finally off the hook (at least in that one regard).
Pope Pius XI's 1936 Encyclical, Vigilanti Cura was sent to American Bishops at the zenith of Fascism. Above all, the portrayal of women must be circumscribed. A heroine in a movie had to be a virgin, or faithful wife and mother. Bob was at Cornell when Pope John XXIII struck "perfidious Jews" from liturgy. Jews were exonerated for crucifying Jesus. The recall drive is taken right out of the Nazi playbook. Mayor Filner did almost two months in Mississippi State Penitentiary -- Parchment Farm -- notorious for its trusty oversight (since outlawed).
They didn't serve onion rings at Parchment. Nor Abu Ghraib? Is that hilarious, or what? I guess you had to be there.

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DonWood | August 13, 2013 at 4:51 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

Doesn't KPBS know that Hooters shows ads on TV featuring the bodies of it's busty
waitresses to convince beer drinking frat boys to spend their money at its restaurants? Did the irony of this situation go right over your reporter's head? In a UT video, Glen Beck and the right wing radio schlock jock were fretting that no local restaurants had put up Beck's sign (yes, that Glen Beck came up with this sign stunt). They promised that if a local restaurant put up the sign, they would come party at the restaurant. So it looks like these sanctimonious right wing smear mongers will be partying at a local Hooters near you soon, probably with the UT owners. I'd hoped that KPBS was above publishing this kind of "news".

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strata66 | August 13, 2013 at 5:45 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

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Peking_Duck_SD | August 13, 2013 at 5:56 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

This is funny and I'm sure it will make the talk show circuit.

And, in doing so, will shower them with FREE PUBLICITY.

As that, my dears, is why this "restaurant chain" is doing this.

Not because they care about women being victimized, but so they an profit off of the victims who were victims of fondling Filner.

Shame on this disgusting establishment!

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CarlosDangler | August 13, 2013 at 8:11 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

It is rather funny and quite an ingenious marketing campaign. We're all for the free market on this blog.. I presume...yes?

This, however, like the two week stint up in LA, won't mitigate what ails him. Until such time as he checks in for extended duration...really the only thing if he stays in and remains around female subordinates would be a truss-like device with lock and key wrap-around-Johnson gizmo..similar to what one mind find in Fred Garvin's wardrobe.

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Peking_Duck_SD | August 13, 2013 at 9:36 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

By the way, the shirts of the women in the photo above read hooters Oceanside.

They have their own mayor, why are they wading into the politics of city over 30 mies away ?

Oh yeah - because it's a national story and they want their hooters splashed across the media like in the photo above.

Does any non-O'side resident even know the mayor of Oceanside without having to look it up ?

This is simply a cheap publicity ploy.

I'd say the chances of Bob Filner popping in to the Oceanside hooters for lunch are about as good as the two young women in the photo knowing what the capital of Nepal is.

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Mmikey | August 14, 2013 at 12:06 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

filiner is worried the F street book store will follow suit

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mySDvoice | August 14, 2013 at 12:27 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

I wonder what the editors at KPBS are thinking when they include this 'business promotion' in the news? I wonder if the tabloid presses would run this type of garbage article...I hope not. It seems like jumping on a band wagon has replaced serious journalism.

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TheDiegan | August 14, 2013 at 1:03 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

I miss those days when the NewsHour was still sponsored by both the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation AND by Hooters, because it made for such a great intro:

"The NewsHour, brought to you by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation . . . and by Hooter's, Delightfully Tacky Yet Unrefined . . ."

Mayor Bob. I haven't yet seen the photo of a lonesome Mayor Bob, walking on the beach like a tearful Pat Nixon at San Celemente, but I understand the media reluctance to run it. When a man is not only locked out of his own office, but is banned from Hooters, it not only leaves a man with nowhere to go—it leaves him with a very pouty face.

And no one wants to views images of Filner's pout. What would truly heal this city would be a slo-mo montage of Mayor Bob's many smiling public appearances, him avidly greeting and embracing the public, anyone within reach. All while Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" plays poignantly in the background. Bob, we hardly knew ye.

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CaliforniaDefender | August 14, 2013 at 1:35 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

Hooters isn't the only business Filner has been banned from.

A pharmacy, auto repair center, animal emergency hospital, and a financial services center have all banned Filner with the list growing day by day.

All businesses have a responsibility to protect their customers and this is a good step towards making sure they feel safe and welcome.

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drose70 | August 14, 2013 at 2:24 p.m. ― 8 months ago

Wait, the Meat (with deepest respect) shop is banning the butcher???? please
drose70

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MarineRoom | August 14, 2013 at 3:12 p.m. ― 8 months ago

Don:

You hoped in vain. Gee, what a crushing blow. Who could deal with being kept out of Hooters, or away from the delightful company of Beck et al.?

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MarineRoom | August 14, 2013 at 3:15 p.m. ― 8 months ago

mySDvoice:

I heartily concur with your sentiments in this matter.

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MarineRoom | August 14, 2013 at 5:56 p.m. ― 8 months ago

Peking, you make some terrific points, and finish with a great sentence!

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DeLaRick | August 15, 2013 at 8:28 a.m. ― 8 months ago

Why don't they take it further and introduce the "Filner Burger" with this catch phrase: "You have to grab it with both hands but hold DeMaio."

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Missionaccomplished | August 15, 2013 at 9:57 a.m. ― 8 months ago

Glenn Beckkk? Oh, so Hooters is right wing! Glad I never went although I did know a Hooter girl once. Not as glamorous as the ones above.

The scantily-clad servers at Karina's Mexican Seafood are more . . . enticing.

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Missionaccomplished | August 15, 2013 at 9:59 a.m. ― 8 months ago

CA Offender, so if Filner's pet geribil was dying, the animal emergency wouldn't take him?

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CaliforniaDefender | August 15, 2013 at 1:51 p.m. ― 8 months ago

Missionfailed,

I don't think Filner is an animal person. He clearly doesn't possess enough empathy or compassion towards others to care for a pet.

Although, Filner has stated he has a "monster" inside of him. I suppose he might consider it his pet.

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