"The first few times it is funny. But when it is really busy and everyone has to work fast and hard, and your hands are full of glasses, you feel quite vulnerable."
A couple of kilt-wearers who may or may not be wearing underwear. Photo via Flickr user Garry Knight
Staff members of Hootananny, a popular bar in Inverness, Scotland, have stopped wearing their kilts to work because they claim they are constantly being groped by large groups of drunken women. The bar's staff typically wears traditional Scottish tartans, but recently many have complained that ladies are constantly lifting up their uniforms to check whether they are "true Scotsmen"—in other words, if they were going commando. Some staff members allege that they've had gropers go so far as to grab an actual fistful of peen.
"The first few times it is funny. But when it is really busy and everyone has to work fast and hard, and your hands are full of glasses, you feel quite vulnerable," Iain Howie, the bar's assistant manager, told the Inverness Courier. Though the staff members wore the outfits to add to the authenticity of this Scottish bar, they are now refusing to wear the kilts and are switching to pants.
"Can you imagine if I went into a restaurant and stuck my hand up a girl's skirt?" the bar's owner, Kit Fraser, added. "I would be taken to the police station and rightly so."
In response to the worker's complaints, a spokesperson from the Scottish Government said that staff "should have the right to work without fear of harassment." Kit Fraser has agreed to let his staff members wear pants, and also plans to put up signs warning people not to touch their dicks.