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Sunday, 29 July, 2001, 20:23 GMT 21:23 UK
Waitress refuses to be toyed with
Jodee Berry with her prize
Berry said her manager laughed at the joke
A former waitress at a Hooters restaurant in Panama City Beach, Florida, is suing her old bosses claiming that they duped her in a beer selling competition.

Jodee Berry says she was promised a new Toyota for winning a local contest for which waitress could sell the most beer.

Joke leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suing.
But the she was less than impressed when her employers led her blindfolded out to the restaurant car park to claim her prize, only to find that instead of the shiny new car she expected she had in fact won a new toy Yoda.

According to Ms Berry her manager thought it was hilarious, but she was not so amused and slapped the restaurant with a law suit.

"A corporation can't lead their employees on like that. It's not good business ethics. They can't do that to people," she said.

Prize draw

In the competition, the name of the top-selling waitress from each Hooters restaurant in the area was entered into a prize draw and Ms Berry was picked as the winner.

She says her restaurant manager, Jared Blair, had told his waitresses that the winner would receive a new Toyota car.

He allegedly told them that although he couldn't specify what type of car she would receive, the winner would be responsible for taxing the vehicle.

Compensation claim

The joke backfired though. When instead she was handed a doll of the Star Wars character a furious Ms Berry quit her job.

A week later she sued Gulf Coast Wings, the owners of the Hooters restaurant, for breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation.

She is demanding the cost of a new Toyota as compensation.

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