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NOW Sues Hooters for Catering to Kids

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The National Organization for Women is suing several California Hooters restaurants Thursday, accusing them of catering to children.

The restaurants are classified as "adult entertainment" establishments but also serve minors, NOW's California chapter said in papers filed with police and prosecutors, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle.

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NOW points out that Hooters provides child menus, high chairs and booster seats, and sells T-shirts in children's sizes that read "Future Hooters Girl."

Patricia Bellasalma, NOW's California president, said that Hooters is violating state and local laws prohibiting sexually oriented "adult" businesses from serving minors.

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She claims Hooters is promoting itself as family-friendly, citing a statement on Hooters.com that "10 percent of the parties we serve have children in them."

However, the web site also says that the chain "does not market itself to families, but they do patronize the restaurants." It said Hooters serves all customers, including children.