The Benton City Council declined to reimburse the cost of two firefighters’ meals at Hooters, a restaurant chain known for its hot wings and “Hooters Girls.”
Public Safety Commissioner Bob Burnett brought the issue up during a council meeting Monday.
“I think it’s a slap in the face to Benton taxpayers to ask them to pay for your meals plus tip at Hooters,” Burnett said. “I’m not overly religious but I do feel an obligation to the people of Benton to spend their money wisely.”
Receipts were submitted to the city for reimbursement for meals purchased while the firefighters were attending training, he said.
Two receipts caught Burnett’s eye because the name of the restaurant wasn’t on either slip.
The establishment’s phone number was however so Burnett gave the number a call and discovered it was a Hooters.
One receipt was for $29.12 plus $5.88 tip; the other was for $24.75 with a $5.75 tip, he said.
“To each his own and if you want to pay to eat at Hooters on your own dime, that’s one thing but to ask the taxpayers to pay for it is another,” he said. “Respect me and the taxpayers enough not to do that.”
Burnett said he called the matter for a vote so that the whole council could decide. By a vote of 3-2, the council refused the meal reimbursements.
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