For the third year in a row, a Hot Dog On A Stick employee claimed gold at Balboa Park’s Annual Degrading Uniform Pageant.
The pageant, which is sponsored by Monster.com, honors those who sacrifice their self worth by taking jobs with degrading uniforms, so the rest of us can feel better about ourselves. This year the pageant had a record turnout of contestants and featured all walks of life, from a golf caddy to Circuit City employee.
Most agree that the highlight of the pageant was the moving victory speech delivered by gold medal winner, 18-year-old Rebecca Davis.
“None of this would be possible without my father, whose drunken insults battered my self-esteem, and made me think that I wasn’t good enough to work at Cinnabon,” said Davis.
Davis faced stiff competition from a Hooters waitress and a San Diego Padres player, but ended up winning the hearts of the judges. In her post-victory interview, she admitted that she did not expect to win gold.
“I really thought Jake Peavy was going to win gold this year,” said Davis. “I mean my uniform is pretty degrading … but I’d rather have middle-aged men gawk at me while I pump lemonade in this ridiculous outfit than have to wear a Padres uniform.”
There was one awkward moment in the competition, when an angry contestant in a gorilla suit who was disqualified for arriving late, punched who he thought was the pageant’s referee. The ‘referee’ turned out to be a Foot Locker employee who was also a contestant.
San Diego Mayor Rupert Jones was at the event to present Davis with a $200 gift certificate to Miramar Community College, which she could potentially use toward obtaining an associates degree. The degree would enable her to go from working at the food court to working at a nice restaurant on the first floor of the mall.
Since the pageant, Davis has reportedly received several offers to endorse embarrassing-to-admit-you-own products such as the Segway and Microsoft Zune.