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The bars of Scotland might not feel quite so authentically Scottish now that several bartenders have opted to stop wearing kilts at work, but they say it was necessary because drunk female tourists wouldn’t stop groping them.
According to Yahoo News, the staff at the Hootananny in Inverness used to wear traditional kilts to give the place more of an authentic Scottish atmosphere, but on busy weekends the customers would get too rowdy and wouldn’t stop harassing the men, many of them trying to lift up their kilts to see what the staff was wearing underneath.
”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,” said assistant manager Iain Howie in an interview with the Inverness Courier. “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.”
Some of the staff members even reported being groped by drunk customers grabbing under their kilts. Owner Kit Fraser said the kilts were going away because he wasn’t going to make his staff do anything they didn’t want to.