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Hooters hosts “Shred Your Ex” event for Valentine’s Day

Hooters offered 10 free wings to restaurant-goers who brought and shred a photo of their ex

Hooters hosts “Shred Your Ex” event for Valentine’s Day

Hooters, the American sports bar infamous for its scantily clad waitresses, offered restaurant-goers a special deal this Valentine’s Day: come in with a picture of an ex to shred to get 10 free wings.

With two friends in tow and a couple crumpled pictures of ex boyfriends in hand, I made my way to the Hooters located conveniently in Gallery Place Chinatown. The restaurant was already packed as early as 5:30 p.m. with an estimated 30 minute wait for all parties.

“Honestly, I wasn’t going to go until I found out I could shred a picture of my ex,” said Margarita Zambrano, a junior in the Kogod School of Business. “Once I was here, the wings were a great plus.”

After the meal arrived at the table, the waitress asked us to take out our pictures of our exes and to shred them by hand. Zambrano said she had been expecting a paper shredder machine in the restaurant.

“I was excited to watch the picture rip in a machine but maybe that’s just my own anger and I was blowing the event out of proportion,” said Zambrano.

The event garnered a significant amount of attention on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. If people didn’t feel like bringing in a photo of their ex, they could choose to answer a questionnaire on the Hooters website.

Users simply had to answer questions such as the length of the relationship, how the breakup occurred and how long it had been since the breakup. Afterwards, they could upload a photo of their ex and choose to shred, burn, bury or dart the photo digitally.

“I was surprised that it was all women who were there just to eat free wings and shred up a picture of their ex,” said Greta Kaufman, a junior in the School of International Service. “I really thought it would be more male heavy. It would be interesting to see their typical clientele on any other Tuesday night.”

Both Zambrano and Kaufman said that if Hooters did this event again in the future, they would definitely go.

amaier@theeagleonline.com