Parents of a group of Colorado Cub Scouts were shocked to find their sons had spent a day at camp with Hooters girls.
The parents learned that the Denver Hooters restaurant sponsored the Frontier District Day Camp and sent volunteers to help out. These volunteers were the Hooters female employees, who were photographed with the scouts, according to Denver 7 News.
— Denver7 News (@DenverChannel) July 2, 2016
The irate parents went to the media when they found out, reportedly seeing photos of their sons online on the Hooters Colorado Facebook page. One mother was in disbelief when she arrived to pick up her son at the camp.
“And I step back for a second and I take a look and I’m like, are they wearing Hooters visors? Wait a minute,” Michelle Kettleborough told Denver 7. Although the women were not wearing their signature tank tops and short shorts, parents still felt their attire and presence were completely inappropriate.
The Denver Boy Scouts responded by releasing a statement, but said it was Hooters that first approached them.
“A restaurant extended support to help make a local Cub Scout Day Camp possible and provided volunteers for the camp. The group of trained volunteers mistakenly wore the wrong attire and it was addressed by our Council leadership. The Boy Scouts of America relies on millions of dedicated volunteers and we are very appreciative of their commitment. We extend our apologies for this mistake and look forward to continuing our mission of serving youth in the Denver area.”
According to the restaurant, three employees were provided each day for the three-day camp, which cost $65 per scout to attend.
— Denver7 News (@DenverChannel) July 2, 2016
“It’s just the philosophies of the two organizations are polar opposites and I just don’t think they should be together,” said parent Marsha Corn. “We love the Scouts, we think they made a very poor choice and what I would like and what I think would go a long way again is some accountability.”
Hooters Colorado reinstated some of the photos on their Facebook page with this message:
“We have opted to repost pictures due to a news story that ran this evening that was completely inaccurate! We are disappointed a good deed was portrayed in a poor light. This is our attempt to right the situation. We enjoyed volunteering our time and look forward to future events! #Hooters #Proud2GiveBack”
The controversy caused social media users to weigh in, and most thought the parents were overreacting.
Video from Denver 7.
Fury after Hooters girls do arts-and-crafts with Cub Scouts https://t.co/DU4e0wjZJG
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@AP People need to get over themselves and stop being “offended” by everything. Lighten up. Quit wearing your “feelings” on your sleeve.
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@AP Better than being sponsored by Subway
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Cub Scouts’ Parents Outraged Over ‘Hooters Girls’ Volunteering at Camp. 9YO wants to go. https://t.co/hIqUr6PYjd
— Duris Holmes (@duris) July 5, 2016
Hooters-sponsored cub scouts camp. Where was this when I was a kid?https://t.co/siOqfQ9uXT
— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) July 4, 2016
— Jaki (@Lawren_Jax) July 2, 2016
@DenverChannel this might be the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen. These girls work at a restaurant they’re not criminals. Be grateful not angry
— DHJ (@doubleheaderjay) July 2, 2016
@AP 2016, the year everyone was offended
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@AP They should be relieved it wasn’t sponsored by the NRA.
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