Bar staff at a popular United Kingdom Inverness pub and music venue have stopped wearing their kilts.
Why… Drunken and sober women have been sexually harassing them. Imagine, if you would, a man walks into a public venue and sticks his hand up a woman’s skirt or he lifts it to see if she is wearing panties. In all likelihood, that man would end up in jail.
Due to all the unwelcome advances from women, the men of Hootananny are swapping their kilts for trousers. The men are claiming sexual harassment mainly from groups of women revellers who lift up their kilts to check if they are wearing anything underneath.
Iain Howie, the pub’s assistant manager said, “You get large groups of drinking women circling around when you are collecting glasses and asking whether you are true Scotsman – and they find out for themselves,” he said. 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. You are thinking, ‘are you going to get broken glasses, or is your kilt going to get lifted up again?’ They see it as a bit of fun, but it is a bit of an embarrassment.”
Kit Fraser, the owner of Hootananny shared, “It may seem funny but it is serious, too – the women are sticking their hands up their kilts. Can you imagine if I went into a restaurant and stuck my hand up a girl’s skirt? I would be taken to the police station and rightly so. He added: “I look after my customers but equally important are my staff. I am not forcing them to do something they don’t want to do. We fellows are very, very aware of sexism. I think the women need to catch up.”
A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “Everybody in Scotland should have the right to work without fear of harassment and it is important management in all working environments do what they can to ensure this happens.”