Since when did not wearing shoes or a shirt merit your ejection from a business? This rule seems like a massive overreaching of the powers of society.
Well, its due to our extremely litigious society. If you walk into a 7-11 without shoes, and happen to step on glass that was carelessly left on the floor..you wouldn’t try to sue them? What if you knew you could at least settle with them for half a million?
Also, its private property..on your property you could do whatever you want.
@biga69, In my opinion it’s just the nature of society to be over reaching. All society is from my view point is us grouping together to suppress each other. If you can’t be EXACTLY who you want to be then you are a slave. Of course because it’s human nature to fight each other so the perfect world isn’t possible right now.
Unfortunately society has constructed a whole ton of rules by which we are supposed to abide if we don’t want to be looked down upon and treated like freaks. This is the black sheep syndrome, be like the rest or be ostracised. It’s an unfortunate human condition, also seen in many other species on this planet. BUT I personally encourage difference that is sincere (not just to get attention). Tell your friend to suck it up :)
@biga69, If you think a proprietor demanding a little decency in their establishment is “a massive overreaching of the powers of society,” parking meters must make you shit your pants…
…or do you not like wearing those either?
@donjaime23, I live on a farm and am from a small farm community so I haven’t had any reason to not like parking meters since I have never had to use them before. However they do seem weird… Why would they make you pay to park on the side of a public road?
People who don’t wear shoes, especially in warmer climates, can get parasites such as hookworm. That is the only reason I can think of for wearing shoes.
I suppose if a really handsome guy wasn’t wearing a shirt, I wouldn’t mind, but as I am a superficial human being who judges others on their looks (like most of us), I would be disgusted if a really grotesque half naked person was sitting in front of me while i was eating. That is the only reason I think of for wearing a shirt.
@epath, i feel like shoes pick up on bacteria and dirt better than feet. feet have a smooth, easily washable membranes on the outside. shoes (at least the shoes i wear) have mesh outers and get very dirty very easily and i can only imagine all my sweat in them gives all the bacteria a perfect environment for flourishing haha. also the soles have cracks and patterns that grip onto dirt and drop it off everywhere i go. the bottoms of feet are also smooth and can be wiped off very easily on a curb. just some thoughts. im all about barefoot living.
@adamd, while I get what you’re saying, wouldn’t a barefoot pick up on more bacteria simply because it is a barefoot – skin to bacteria?
But I think it’s a bullshit rule. I think it’s a hygiene matter rather suppressing our freedoms to be without clothes in ‘commercial’ places (even though that’s what is being done anyway). All summer I like to be in as little amount of clothes as possible and I live in New York. I always catch myself or get caught when I walk into a gas station without a shirt on and I’m like “aaaaahhhh now I have to go back to my car to put a shirt on”. However, when I went to the Carolinas, the beaches in Jersey and Desert Island off the coast of Maine, nobody cared about shirts or shoes!
@adamd, True, but if you bring in bacteria from the outside with your feet and other people are barefoot, then it is passed on to them immediately. Unless you’re all washing your feet all the time! You could have one of those little anti bacteria basins at the doorway of the restaurant where you had to dip your feet before you go in.:
@epath, that’s a really cool idea! I hate shoes, always have! If I’m going anywhere by myself I won’t wear them, I just carry them until I need to go in somewhere. I can’t think of a better feeling than walking around barefoot and feeling the ground under your feet. It feels like you’re a little kid again and you’re going on an adventure! That’s what life is anyway, right? :)
I don’t know why my comments aren’t coming up when I hit “reply.” Anyhoo, @adamd, sure not all bacteria are bad for you and I agree that people (moms and doctors) over- sterilize everything, which means we don’t build up resistance naturally and also that super bugs are created by antibiotics. However, since I live in a hot and humid climate, I wear at least sandals so as not to come into contact with ringworm or hookworm. Also, I don’t want to get tetanus.