Boss Clint playing dirty, cry threatened bar staff

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 March, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 March, 1999, 12:00am

Twenty women are pleading with Dirty Harry star Clint Eastwood not to be a punk by throwing them out of work.

The staff at his bar, the Hog's Breath Inn, in Carmel, California, are begging him to make their day by keeping the 27-year-old restaurant open.

The Hog's Breath, which attracts visitors from all over the world hoping to catch a glimpse of Eastwood behind the bar pulling pints, is due to close next month because his partner, Maxie Becker, in charge of day-to-day operations, is in poor health.

But the waitresses fear Eastwood, 68, will fire them and then reopen the bar with cheaper, non-union staff.

'Dirty Harry is the nicest name Clint's being called around here,' waitress Sara Chandler told the National Enquirer.

'We're disappointed in Clint - and mad as hell at him.' The staff learned their fate in a local newspaper story and Eastwood, whose latest film True Crime opened in the United States last Friday, announced: 'We're closing.' Now the staff are planning protests if the Hog's Breath does reopen without them.

'Our girls are going to fight,' said Chandler, a union member. 'We'll have pickets at the door - and Clint will be in for the fight of his life.'