OK, I couldn’t resist one of my favorite lines from “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” but I’ve noticed an odd trend recently. In the past few weeks, on 3 separate occasions, I have witnessed people walking barefoot into convenience stores and a Dunkin’ Donuts. Now, frankly, it doesn’t upset me to the point I need to Pit them, but it seems peculiar:
It’s a violation. I have been conditioned, and raised, to never, EVER walk into a public establishment without shoes or a shirt. None of these three places were even at the beach, or a resort, where maybe that might be acceptable.
Most places even make it clear on the door that shirt and shoes must be worn.
During high school and college I worked on construction crews where it got hot to the point we would work shirtless in the summer and then go to a 7-11 or Wawa for lunch, and as we got out of the car in the parking lot, put our shirts on because we all knew it just was not cool to not wear them in the store. And I would never DREAM of walking in with no shoes.
Its a safety and health hazard. Not for me, since I’m wearing shoes. But why on God’s Green Earth would you want to walk into a convenience store or a Dunkin Donuts with no shoes knowing people have been walking in all kinds of stuff all day then standing where you are now standing? Not to mention the danger of broken glass, etc etc. There’s a reason many health codes prohibit bare feet in stores, restaurants, etc. etc.
I know there are some Bohemians that like to walk barefoot, but is it really THAT much of a hassle to slip on a pair of flip flops for 5 minutes so you can pick up your groceries or donuts? Even more odd, 2 of the people drove up in cars. Did they have any shoes in their cars? If not, then why was it that much trouble to throw on a pair of flip flops back at the house before deciding to drive out for some bagels?
Again, not pit-worthy, but it just seems like an odd behavior, to me.
It’s not just you. It seems odd to me, too, and mostly for safety reasons. Why would anyone want to take a chance on stepping on a piece of broken glass, then stepping all over a bacteria-covered floor? They must never have seen or experienced a bad staph infection. Hey, Fred Flinstone, the Stone Age is over. Put something on your feet.
I’ve been noticing the shoe-less, shirt-less trend starting to pick up as well. In this state, it’s even illegal to drive without shoes (something about sweaty feet slipping off the pedals), so that would imply that people are driving to places, and then taking their shoes off to walk around. :smack:
How about no pants? I was in the dollar store the other day, trying to scrape up enough change out of the bottom of my purse to pay for a bag of trail mix, and there was a group of rowdy teenagers in there. One girl had on a cut off t-shirt and thong bikini bottom, ass hanging out for all the world to gape at! Come directly from the pool, did you? She did have flip-flops on, though, so I guess she wasn’t all that bad.
I saw two guys walking around barefoot in a grocery store. One of them looked like he had been playing in the mud as he left a trail through the store. I was leaving at the time, so I didn’t get to see what happened to them.
That’s gross. I thought no shoes was at least a health hazard because you can track in all kinds of bacteria that doesn’t stick to shoes.
I also read that sometimes hippie types will thread a piece of string through their toes so it looks like they’re wearing some kind of sandal and in reality they’re barefoot. If you’re going to go to all that trouble, why NOT just wear a pair of flip flops?
I think the health hazards of bare feet are overrated. We’re much more relaxed about bare feet in New Zealand. You can go barefoot into fast food places and most shops etc and nobody is likely to stop you. I’ve seen whole families walking around a supermarket barefoot. I haven’t heard of doctors or health department or anyone making a fuss about it.
In the early days of the internet, I remember when someone posted something on the nz.general newsgroup that “In Georgia, USA, it’s illegal to drive without shoes”. The online laughter when on for days. We’d never heard of such a ridiculous law. I now know it’s not true in Georgia or anywhere else but a lot of people think it is.
I walked barefoot for a little while at last year’s Bonnaroo because my shoes were killing me, and I wore sandals at the festival the year before, which might as well have been walking barefoot. As long as you watch where you’re walking, I don’t see the issue.