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Former Hooters Waitress Settles Toy Yoda Lawsuit
The Associated Press ^ | May 9, 2002 | AP staff

Posted on 05/09/2002 1:50:36 PM PDT by jpthomas

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - A former waitress has settled a lawsuit against Hooters, which she said promised to award her a new Toyota but instead gave her a toy Yoda.

An attorney for Jodee Berry said Wednesday that he could not immediately disclose the settlement's details.

"She's satisfied with it," said the attorney, David Noll. He did say that Berry can now go to a local car dealership and "pick out whatever type of Toyota she wants."

Berry, 27, won a beer sales contest in last May at the Panama City Beach Hooters. She believed she had won a new Toyota car.

She was blindfolded and led to the restaurant parking lot, but when the blindfold was removed, she found she was the winner of a toy Yoda Star Wars doll.

Berry quit the restaurant a week later and filed a lawsuit in August against Gulf Coast Wings, Inc., the corporate owner of the local Hooters, alleging breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation.

The restaurant's manager, Jared Blair, has said the whole contest was an April Fools' joke.

This settlement is unusual in that Hooters did not ask for a sweeping confidentiality agreement, Noll said.

"I think that's a recognition of the fact that there's been such an amazing amount of attention focused on this case," he said. "There's not a whole lot of reason to try to hide its existence."

AP-ES-05-09-02 0155EDT


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: hooters; lawsuit; toyyoda

1 posted on 05/09/2002 1:50:36 PM PDT by jpthomas
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To: jpthomas
Some people have no sense of humor.
2 posted on 05/09/2002 1:51:39 PM PDT by aomagrat
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To: jpthomas
Strange. Hooters girls are usually hot.
3 posted on 05/09/2002 1:53:11 PM PDT by Rodney King
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To: jpthomas
Good. I'm glad she is going to get her car, and I hope they also fired whoever came up with this idiotic contest idea in the first place.
4 posted on 05/09/2002 2:01:27 PM PDT by NYCVirago
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To: jpthomas
Berry, 27, won a beer sales contest in last May at the Panama City Beach Hooters. The restaurant's manager, Jared Blair, has said the whole contest was an April Fools' joke.

Oh, is April Fool's Day now April Fool's Months?

5 posted on 05/09/2002 2:02:43 PM PDT by NYCVirago
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To: aomagrat
I remember this story...wonder why...

Here's a link from last year.

Judge Says Hooters Waitress Can Sue

She has a good case. The managers made her work extra hard to make them more money. Then they reneged on the prize - they thought it was funny.

6 posted on 05/09/2002 2:02:59 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Shermy
I think she deserved the car. If they made a promise it didn't give them the right to go back on it, April Fools' Day or no April Fools' Day.
7 posted on 05/09/2002 2:04:45 PM PDT by goldstategop
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To: Rodney King

She's hot under the collar here. Perhaps her new car pic is kinder.

8 posted on 05/09/2002 2:05:20 PM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset
To hell with the beef.......where's the hooters? Her cup don't exactly runneth over.
9 posted on 05/09/2002 2:10:18 PM PDT by umgud
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To: Rodney King
The pic looks like it was taken a her lawyer's office, so she wasn't using her War Paint for work. She just looks P.O.ed. I am happy she got a good settlement(sp?) out of it.
10 posted on 05/09/2002 2:12:04 PM PDT by Springman
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To: Shermy
She has a good case. The managers made her work extra hard to make them more money. Then they reneged on the prize - they thought it was funny.

I think it's pretty funny too. BTW, I wonder what her lawyer got?

11 posted on 05/09/2002 2:13:11 PM PDT by aomagrat
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To: umgud
You must not go to Hooter's. They only want skinny women working there, NO HOOTERS AT ALL!
12 posted on 05/09/2002 2:19:35 PM PDT by Springman
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To: jpthomas
This is totally in keeping with the infantile "you suck" type humor which is constantly displayed on the Hooters sign outside the local establishment.

Usually some unfunny sophomoric one-liner which one of the resident imbeciles has dreamed up.

A vulgar establishment.

13 posted on 05/09/2002 2:23:06 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: jpthomas
An attorney for Jodee Berry said Wednesday that he could not immediately disclose the settlement's details. "She's satisfied with it," said the attorney, David Noll. He did say that Berry can now go to a local car dealership and "pick out whatever type of Toyota she wants."

This implies that the settlement was far more money than merely a new car. Good for her. When a company takes advantage of employee's like this, they should get taken to the cleaners... hopefully, she can now retire with the surplus.

14 posted on 05/09/2002 2:33:39 PM PDT by Hodar
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To: jpthomas
ANOTHER REASON TO BAN LAWSUITS!Make a wild accusation,you don't even have to prove it and literally clean up.I would love these lawsuits forced to a complete trial and when the lies come out,PUT EM IN JAIL!
15 posted on 05/09/2002 2:43:49 PM PDT by INSENSITIVE GUY
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To: INSENSITIVE GUY
It seems that the best course would have been to give her a car after the incident. Chalk it up to stupidity from both parties. Why did a scumbag lawyer need a cut? Gawd, I hate attorneys.
16 posted on 05/09/2002 3:01:27 PM PDT by Digger
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To: Springman
They only want skinny women working there,

And the problem with that is . . .?

17 posted on 05/09/2002 3:16:11 PM PDT by wi jd
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To: INSENSITIVE GUY
ANOTHER REASON TO BAN LAWSUITS!Make a wild accusation,you don't even have to prove it and literally clean up.I would love these lawsuits forced to a complete trial and when the lies come out,PUT EM IN JAIL!

What was the wild accusation?

What lies were told?

Pray tell.

18 posted on 05/09/2002 3:18:17 PM PDT by wi jd
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To: jpthomas
So she gets the Toyota after all....does this mean she has to return the toy Yoda? :-)
19 posted on 05/09/2002 3:18:56 PM PDT by Vast Buffalo Wing Conspiracy
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To: Digger
Gawd, I hate attorneys.

I know one or two that are ok. Well maybe one....aw...well, maybe one that's sorta ok.
20 posted on 05/09/2002 3:21:08 PM PDT by AdA$tra
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To: Rodney King
"Strange. Hooters girls are usually hot."

No, Hooters girls usually have big floppy tits. That is NOT HOT. Neither are FAKE tits.

"HOT" is just enough for a mouthful. Anything bigger is for nursing septuplets.

Michael

21 posted on 05/09/2002 3:24:50 PM PDT by Wright is right!
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To: INSENSITIVE GUY
Boy you really ARE an insensitive guy. LOL!
22 posted on 05/09/2002 3:27:03 PM PDT by agrace
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To: wi jd
I like more, cushing for pushing, like Mrs. Springman.
23 posted on 05/09/2002 3:27:40 PM PDT by Springman
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To: NYCVirago
I'm with you. I'm glad she won.
24 posted on 05/09/2002 3:32:04 PM PDT by Brownie74
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To: jpthomas
I thought this was hilarious. Did she really expect a new car for "selling beer"? Sheesh.

Besides, given her looks, perhaps they were trying to send her a message with "Yoda".

25 posted on 05/09/2002 3:41:36 PM PDT by montag813
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To: jpthomas
I'm guessing that she has blonde roots.
26 posted on 05/09/2002 3:47:09 PM PDT by TADSLOS
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To: Shermy
If Hooters were smart , they would have leased a Toyota for a year, and given her the keys, the day after this hit the news last year.
27 posted on 05/09/2002 3:49:48 PM PDT by hoosierham
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To: Rodney King
Hooters girls are usually hot.

Only after a ton of makeup, a tight t-shirt, tight shorts, and a couple of beers.

28 posted on 05/09/2002 3:55:51 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: INSENSITIVE GUY
ANOTHER REASON TO BAN LAWSUITS!Make a wild accusation,you don't even have to prove it and literally clean up.I would love these lawsuits forced to a complete trial and when the lies come out,PUT EM IN JAIL!

What was the "wild accusation"? Hooters claimed that the winner of their beer-selling contest would get a Toyota. When the time came to pay up, the contest prize was now a toy Yoda -- as if anybody other than a Star Wars fanatic would consider that a decent prize. There are lots of frivolous lawsuits out there, but this isn't one of them.

29 posted on 05/09/2002 4:02:21 PM PDT by NYCVirago
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To: goldstategop

Clearly fraud.. they manipulated their wait staff to sell more product for them.. in a promise for a reasonable reward.....

Idiot manager, hope his salary was docked for the full amount of the settlement.


Dude was clearly stuck on stupid... much like this Fox Sports crew is....


30 posted on 09/06/2006 8:39:18 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: jpthomas

Hi Reddit!


31 posted on 11/27/2009 4:38:14 AM PST by hireddit
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To: jpthomas
Years ago somebody posted on Fark.com that Hooters girls wont go out with you because they know you lowered your standards enough to go out with them.
32 posted on 11/27/2009 4:42:19 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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