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You whipped out your HOOTERS credit card at a COMPANY lunch. What exactly did you expect to happen?
Last I heard, surfing the web, perusing printed personal material, playing games, etc ON COMPANY TIME - a billion personal emails, minesweeper - is reason enough to be fired or at least disciplined because it is not related to your job and it is unprofessional behavior. When you're employed, you're told what is and what is not acceptable behavior and basically - and unless stated otherwise, non-work activities and hobbies are to stay out of work and business.
Hooters is hardly softcore - much less hardcore - but the whole 'you like the girls there' statement says and tells everything and where your boss really shouldn't be concerning herself with what you like or don't like in your personal time, you DID just say in front of her during a business lunch that you like looking at the hot female hosts at Hooters restaurants which is like having on display on your computer screen at your work a desktop wallpaper of your favorite Hooters girl in her uniform.
You don't have to shout out, "I THINK THEY'RE HOT!" when your actions have already spoken for you.
That said, I don't think it's fair that your job was suddenly terminated like that without some other prior disciplinary action beforehand, but at the same point, I can imagine that anyone who is looking at this case will say the same thing a lot of people in this thread have already said about what you did being simply unprofessional and reputation-damaging to the company and potentially insulting to the women present at the table.
Off-color jokes aren't allowed at most workplaces that I know of - no matter how much in-jest they are.
The same is true for talking to a co-worker - regardless of their gender and your gender - in a way that could possibly be construed as harassment.
If all of this happened away from business/work and your boss HAPPENED to accidentally chance on your paying for a meal with your Hooters credit card, then s/he would/should (in my opinion) have no right to say anything aside from, "Please don't use this card to pay for business meals."
But it happened during a business/work lunch and your boss didn't accidentally chance upon your credit card when it fell out of your wallet - you whipped it out in front of them and that makes a big difference.
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