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Waco group speaks out against Fat Ho Burgers

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 10:50am

WACO -- Fat Ho Burger's owner, Lakita Evans, told us before it opened the name is supposed to bring a smile.

"You can come here, laugh at the menu and stuff to try to take their mind off of stuff," said Evans.

For those who gathered Tuesday, ordering from the menu sloppy hos and bad mama jama ho burgers, Fat Ho Burgers seemed to do just that.

However, not everyone agrees that "ho" is a funny word for a business. Larrye Weaver is a member of a Facebook group asking Lakita Evans to change the name of Fat Ho Burgers.

"I've heard some people laugh about it. It's raised an eye of other people, and that's what we need to explain to her that her business needs to be a drawing point and not a repellant," says Weaver.

Group members say they want Evans to stay in business and push the image of women up, not down.

Local daycare owner, Tracy Miles is also part of the group. She says the name of business should tell customers who you are.

"My slogan is where every child is a precious jewel, and it coincided with the name Tracy's Tiny Treasures," says Miles.

Miles says she just wants to help Evans be successful. But despite the controversy, Fat Ho Burgers was booming Tuesday. Nearly 100 customers showed up, and workers say it has to be the name.

Evans says all the talk seems to be good for business.

"They can butt in or whatever. That's just free publicity. They are just making me higher. Besides. I didn't advertise myself, and people just came," said Evans.

Some, like one Waco Native living in L.A., Shelley Littleton, say the name hurts women.

Littleton has gone so far as to offer free business consulting if Evans changes the name, even challenging others in the community to do the same.

So far, Fat Ho Burgers hasn't hasn't budged.

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