HR Strange But True!
August 02, 2001
You already know that HR is never boring, but here's proof from this week's news that it can get downright weird:

Cruel and unusual

A former waitress at a Hooters restaurant in Panama City Beach, Fla., has sued her former employer, saying she had been promised a new Toyota if she won a beer-selling contest. What she ended up winning was a new toy Yoda.

The waitress, Jodee Berry, 26, won a contest to see who could sell the most beer at her restaurant. The names of the top-selling waitresses from each restaurant in the area were then entered into a drawing, and she won again.

She believed she had won a new car, and sure enough, she was blindfolded and led to the restaurant parking lot. But when the blindfold was removed she found she had won the toy Yoda - as in the little green guy from Star Wars.

Inside the restaurant, the manager was laughing, according to Berry. But she wasn't. She quit the restaurant a week later, then sued Gulf Coast Wings, Inc., owners of the restaurant, alleging breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation.

Her lawyer, Stephen West of Pensacola, told the Orlando Sentinel that he was also looking at false advertising statutes.

As compensation, Berry is seeking enough money to buy a new Toyota.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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