Worker sued Hooters after the company gave her toy Yoda instead of a Toyota car

Sunday, 17/12/2023, 17:52 (GMT+7)

A female employee took legal action against Hooters after the company reneged on its promise to award her a brand-new Toyota car as a prize, stating it was just an April Fool's joke.

Jodee Berry participated in an April Fool's Day employee contest, hoping to sell the most beer and win a new Toyota, unaware it was a joke

After winning a beer sales competition and earning an unusual prize, a Hooters employee was thrust into an unanticipated court battle. 

Jodee Berry, who worked for the well-known restaurant chain, took part in an employee contest.

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Joydee Berry participated in the contest but did not expect that it was all an April Fool's joke. Image Credit: X / @historyinmemes

Held on April 1, 2001, the competition's main goal was to see who could sell the most beer that day, with a brand-new Toyota guaranteed as the grand prize. 

However, she did not know that it was all just an April Fool's Day joke.

Instead of receiving a new Toyota car as promised, she only received a doll of the Yoda character from the movie Star War

When Jodee became the winner in the beer sales competition, her excitement reached its peak as she eagerly prepared to claim her well-deserved reward, which was a new Toyota car.

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The prize for the beer sales contest was originally set to be a new Toyota car. Image Credit: Getty

However, her anticipation quickly turned into shock and disbelief as the Hooters corporate owner, Gulf Coast Wings, Inc., stated that the entire contest had been an elaborate April Fools' prank, leaving Jodee empty-handed when it came to the promised car.

Instead of the sleek and coveted Toyota she had envisioned, Jodee was gifted a Star Wars character, Yoda. 

The wordplay was evident, as she had received a "Toy Yoda" instead of the eagerly awaited Toyota. 

Rather than succumbing to anger, she decided to take legal action against Gulf Coast Wings, Inc. 

Jodee filed a lawsuit, accusing the company of breaching the contractual agreement and engaging in fraudulent misrepresentation.

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The real reward for Joydee was just a doll of the character Yoda from the movie Star Wars. Image Credit: Getty

In a surprising turn of events, the court sided with Jodee, validating her claims against Gulf Coast Wings, Inc. 

As a result, she has received an awarded significant damages for the emotional distress and deceptive prank she had endured. 

While the exact amount of the settlement remains undisclosed, Jodee's attorney, David Noll, disclosed that it was substantial enough to grant her the freedom to visit any dealership and select a Toyota as she wanted.

Gulf Coast Wings, Inc.'s manager, Jared Blair, attempted to downplay the situation, citing it as a mere April Fools' joke. However, the consequences proved to be far more severe than anticipated. 

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Hooter had to pay a large amount of compensation to Joydee after a disastrous April Fool's Day joke. Image Credit: Getty

The Hooters contest controversy garnered significant attention on social media, with a range of opinions surfacing

Some found humor in the prank but believed that Jodee should have been awarded the promised car nonetheless. 

Others questioned the company's foresight, wondering how they expected such a deceitful act to be received. 

Many commended Jodee for her boldness in standing up to the pranksters and seeking justice through the legal system.

I’m so glad she sued and won, and the management that thought of this should have been fired. Jokes should never play on the unfortunate circumstances of others, one user said.

Imagine thinking you won a new car & getting handed a toy, someone joked.

When you treat your employees badly, it will come back to haunt you! Another commented.