No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service
SUNSET HILLS, Missouri-
We’ve all seen the sign: No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service. Let’s be real, we live in a fairly civilized society (at least most of the time…..or at least some of the time) so the shirt and shoe requirement should be pretty much common sense by now. Walking into a restaurant or some other respectable establishment with no shoes is not something I’d ever do and I don’t think anyone else should either. In fact, the thought has never even crossed my mind. Just this last summer I was at a fast food restaurant and there were quite a few teenagers who had come in with no shirt or shoes on, and some missing both. They had been over at the water slides across the street, so it was understandable as to why, but still didn’t seem right.
This sort of incident happened to a lady and her mother in a Burger King in Missouri. In this case a lack of footwear caused the employees of the Burger King to strictly enforce the rule and they asked Jennifer Frederich and her mother to leave the establishment immediately. In the end they ate very fast so they would not be kicked out, but the fact was that they had been asked to leave. This isn’t such a strange story until you get the full details. Both Jennifer and her mother were fully clothed and shoed. The trouble maker in this case was Jennifer’s six-month old daughter, Kaylin.
So I’m going to stick with my original statement that I think people should have shoes and shirts on at all times when in a public restaurant or the like, but when the offender is a six month old, I’m gonna say that is pushing it. I could honestly care less about an infant with no shoes, seriously, who cares?
In the end both Burger King corporate and the franchise owner of the offending BK said the rule was pushed too far and both apologized to the mother for the incident.
The moral of the story: When enforcing rules at your place of work, use common sense too.
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