This is what you get when you try to give back. A three-day day camp for Colorado Cub Scouts was staffed by volunteers that included — gasp — waitresses from a local Hooters. Parents of the young boys were surprised to discover this tepid controversy, which probably would have gone completely unnoticed if the volunteers hadn’t worn Hooters visors or if Hooters Colorado hadn’t posted some pictures of the event to its Facebook page. While covering the story, a Denver new station breathlessly posited, “Just imagine seeing a photo of your 7-year-old on the Hooters Colorado Facebook page.” The whole thing seems pretty overblown, considering the waitresses were just trying to, you know, do a good thing.
Cub Scout mom Marsha Corn told local news outlet UPI she doesn’t think the two organizations “should be together,” and went so far as to actually email the Boy Scouts of America Denver Area Council about the crisis, but found the organization’s reasonable-sounding response wanting. Because this is a very serious matter, the Boy Scouts of America also issued a statement in which they relented it was a mistake for the waitresses to don Hooters gear but otherwise stood by the chain:
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.
At least one mom finds herself questioning whether to keep her son in the organization, but Hooters has so far stood strong. Hooters Colorado deleted then reposted those photos, adding the second time around, “we are disappointed a good deed was portrayed in a poor light.”