Aging Casino Waitresses turn to the Union to Protect their Jobs from Younger and Sexier Women

Posted by PITHOCRATES - June 9th, 2013

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Sex sells.  Advertising is full of scantily clad women peddling some product.  Television executives push the envelope with racier content during the family hour.  And famous actresses often show their boobs in the movies for a bigger paycheck.  Because guys want to see famous actresses’ boobs.  Even Seth McFarlane sang a song about seeing these actresses’ boobs at the Oscars.  Something many of them were not amused at.  Yet they showed them.  Because sex sells.  Always has.  And always will.  Especially with attractive women.  Who can often increase their income by showing a little more flesh.  And do.  Until they age.  At which time they turn to the union to keep a job they got with their looks.  Such as waitressing in a casino (see Conn. casino cocktail waitresses fight shoe rules by Michael Melia, Associated Press, posted on Yahoo! News).

Cheryl Haase has been serving cocktails for more than two decades, and the 52-year-old waitress says she has a list of foot ailments to prove it.

The miles she has walked carrying trays of drinks through the Foxwoods Resort Casino in high heels have sent her over the years to chiropractors and podiatrists for injections to treat inflammation.

Now she and a union representing her fellow cocktail waitresses at the country’s largest casino are fighting for the servers to wear shoes of their own choosing. Many have worked at the casino since it opened in 1992, and some see proposed new requirements as a bid to push them out and make way for younger workers.

“Most of us girls have been here for 20 years, 15 years. This job has really done a number on our feet and they know it,” Haase said…

From Las Vegas to Atlantic City, footwear for cocktail waitresses has been a spiky issue as image-conscious casinos encourage dress codes to help attract customers. A coalition that formed more than a decade ago in Nevada challenged casinos with rallies against high heels. In New Jersey in the 1990s, female servers sued the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, which had waitresses it dubbed “Borgata Babes” wear high heels and cleavage-baring bustiers. The lawsuit was settled in 2008…

‘The higher the heel, the larger the tip…’

At Foxwoods, some cocktail waitresses sought out the union around 2009, partly because of their concerns that older workers were vulnerable…

Haase, who has 13-year-old triplets, said she makes only half of what she used to as the gaming slump has cut into her tip money, but she does not want to give up on a job where she enjoys seniority.

Prostituting yourself for tips is a young woman’s game.  Look, it’s no secret who’s spending money at casinos.  Old men with money who like looking at sexy waitresses.  Even your greasy diners will hire sexy waitresses to get old men who don’t cook to become regulars.  And these waitresses will flirt with these old coots, pinch their cheeks, call them sweetheart and show a lot of cleavage all day long.  Because these old coots will tip more when these sexy waitresses flirt with them.

It’s tough for a 52-year-old to wear spike heels and compete with younger waitresses.  But a woman who’s worked at a casino for 20 years no doubt took a job away from an older woman who could not wear sexy high heels or a bustier showing ample cleavage.  That was okay when they were getting a job when they were young and sexy.  But it’s wrong when the owner wants to do the same thing again.  Only with other women who are young and sexy.

You can’t have it both ways.  You can’t use your sexuality to get a job and make big tips.  Then complain about that same owner wanting to replace you because you’re not as sexy as you once were.  And these old coots are buying a drink or two less because of it.  No.  There’s a reason these old coots are staying in the casino a little longer even when they are losing.  Because some sexy waitress is calling them sweetheart while showing a lot of leg and cleavage.

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