Who gives a 'Hooters' about one restaurant?
May 29, 2012 | 6448 views | 0 0 comments | 150 150 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor

How disappointing that there are narrow-minded people who are opposing Hooters opening a branch in the Barclays Arena neighborhood in Downtown Brooklyn.

After a long grueling day at work, hardworking New Yorkers should be able to enjoy a hamburger, fries and brew served by an attractive waitress at a local Hooters. You can see far more cleavage on a hot summer day by just walking around the same neighborhood streets or local parks than at Hooters.

The owners of your local Hooters pay taxes like the rest of us. They also provide gainful employment to cooks, bartenders and waitresses, along with those who deliver beverage and food supplies. Many are actually students working their way through college or one of the nine percent of fellow New Yorkers currently out of work. All are neighbors, who also pay taxes and are just trying to earn a living. Many customers are also neighbors patronizing the establishment on a voluntary basis.

How disappointing to see that so-called “progressive liberal communities” such as Park Slope have thrown their lot in with the so-called “moral majority” social police and politically extreme reactionary conservatives who attempt to use government rules and regulations to impose their own moral values on others.

For those who don't like Hooters, please feel free to patronize one of the many other overpriced "trendy" or yuppie establishment. You are welcome to pay more for a far less-satisfying meal. This is the basic nature of free enterprise and how life works in a free society. Consumers are free to make their own individual decisions and choices on a voluntary basis to select which establishment they desire to patronize and spend their money.

What consenting adults consume, inhale, perform, read or view in the privacy of their own home, private social or adult club - along with what restaurant they eat in - isn't the concern of government.

Individual economic and civil liberties prosper best when government stays out of the bedroom, marketplace and your local restaurants.


Larry Penner

Great Neck

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