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Posted on Thursday, May 09, 2002 4:50:36 PM

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) – A former waitress has settled a lawsuit against Hooters, which she said promised to award her a new Toyota but instead gave her a toy Yoda.

An attorney for Jodee Berry said Wednesday that he could not immediately disclose the settlement’s details.

“She’s satisfied with it,” said the attorney, David Noll. He did say that Berry can now go to a local car dealership and “pick out whatever type of Toyota she wants.”

Berry, 27, won a beer sales contest in last May at the Panama City Beach Hooters. She believed she had won a new Toyota car.

She was blindfolded and led to the restaurant parking lot, but when the blindfold was removed, she found she was the winner of a toy Yoda Star Wars doll.

Berry quit the restaurant a week later and filed a lawsuit in August against Gulf Coast Wings, Inc., the corporate owner of the local Hooters, alleging breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation.

The restaurant’s manager, Jared Blair, has said the whole contest was an April Fools’ joke. Jodee understood Toyota and not Toyoda.

“You have no idea how hard it was to be the best beer salesgirl”, Jodee said between tears of joy. “I got calluses from all the hand jobs and I now have herpes on my lips. I really wanted that Toyota and now I got it. Now I can take my show on the road.”

Hooters, which is well known for hiring girls in dire need of money in exchange for the whoring of their bodies has declined to comment on allegations that it indirectly promotes their female staff to engage in any indecent activities that would result in higher alcohol sales.

Hooters has reclaimed the toy Yoda and declared the runner up (Stacey Flyman) the winner of the doll. Stacey stated she never did anything different to win the doll, she already regularly gave head on the side for kicks.

This settlement is unusual in that Hooters did not ask for a sweeping confidentiality agreement, Noll said.

“I think that’s a recognition of the fact that there’s been such an amazing amount of attention focused on this case,” he said. “There’s not a whole lot of reason to try to hide its existence.”