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They Don’t Want to Do It, so NEITHER CAN YOU.

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Funny how in winter, people at normally friendly stores will tell you that you “aren’t supposed to come in without shoes.”  When asked why, they stumble over their words or hesitate at first and say something along the lines of, “you could step on something,” or “you might step on a piece of glass.”  You can pursue these conversations with your own information and facts and may ultimately win, but almost always, you will leave the conversation with these people disliking you.

I suppose there is a downside to working to get your way.

But I personally think it is worth it.

If you didn’t go barefoot, these people would probably find something else about you they didn’t like.  Maybe it’s the dreadlocks.  Maybe it’s the style of clothes you wear.  Maybe it’s how worn out your shoes are.

You can’t win them all.

So do what you want!  Be who you are!

Don’t let anyone stop you from being who you are.

Being someone else is a lot of work and very dissatisfying.


Written by Star

29 November 2011 at 2:47 PM

Posted in Disadvantages, Life

The results of wearing Thai pants and no shoes in Barnes & Noble

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Today I went to Barnes & Noble with two friends. I went barefoot, as I have many, many times before. What I wore that was different were my Thai fisherman pants. They are basically my pajamas and/or weekend attire. Today was Sunday, so naturally, I was wearing them.

The first 30 minutes of book perusing was quite normal. My thoughts of books being cheaper on Amazon were once more confirmed. Daly and Brad stuck around the science fiction/fantasy areas mostly and I thought of various ideas, plans, and goals, reviewed past conversations, etc.

Then, something unexpected happened.

Someone who obviously was working for the store (guessing the manager) confronted me and told me I was going to have to put some shoes one because they have a cafe and there are health policies.

I wish I could tell you that I calmly and confidently informed him that there were no health codes in the U.S. against barefeet in restaurants or cafes…

But alas, it was not so pretty and collected as that.

Don’t worry, I didn’t just agree to wear shoes (I had my moccasins in my shoulder bag for once, though).

I said something about there being no health policies with lots of stuttering and flusteredness, to which he said there’s a store policy.

I stuttered something about health and basically told him that though I disagreed with him, I would wear shoes.

What I should’ve said was: “Could you show me that policy, please?”

And I will next time.

So I put on my moccasins and felt very red-faced for a while. I almost felt like crying (not because of the confrontation itself, but because I had no support on the matter, I guess). But I got over it and tried reading a book on the floor in the humor section. My friends joined me with books of their own.

Any time we go to a bookstore, we always end up on the floor in an aisle or a corner with a book.

This was definitely not the first time we’d done it.

But here comes that manager again. He came all the way upstairs to ask us to sit in the cafe and not on the floor.

This usually would’ve been no big deal. But I (and my friends) had had enough of him and decided to leave.

I do not like that man.

But I am not complaining with no solution here.

I will avoid going to that particular bookstore from here on out (no big deal since Amazon is better), and if I do go to that bookstore with other people, I will be sure to wear longer pants so my barefeet don’t stand out so much.

Written by Star

6 February 2011 at 10:32 AM

Posted in Disadvantages