My in-laws have been visiting this weekend. They brought Monkey a new Sunday suit, but he has grown out of his dress shoes, so we decided to buy him some new ones. (Disclaimer: I am not in favor if my child wearing shoes, but he freaking LOVES shoes. I don’t know where this comes from. I blame my shoe-addicted mother in law.)
We had to go in to town anyway to do our taxes, so my mother in law came with us an we left a little early so she could get some shopping done. We walked in to Payless to get some cute little boy dress shoes for Monkey to wear to church with his adorable new suit. We couldn’t find the ones we liked in his size, so we asked an associate for help. After she got the correct size for us, she looked down at my feet and asked, “Where are your shoes?”
“I don’t wear shoes,” I replied.
“Well you have to wear shoes in here,” the associate said.
“Do you mind if I ask why?” I asked.
“Well, you’ve heard ‘No shoes, no shirt, no service,’ right?” she responded. “I’m sure it’s the same everywhere.”
“There are no by-laws about having to wear shoes,” Peter chimed in.
“Does your store have a policy about wearing shoes?” I asked.
“I’m not sure, why don’t you ask?” the associate replied.
“I just did,” I responded, indignantly.
The associate said nothing as we walked to the front of the store to pay for Monkey’s new shoes. Awkward moment #2 shortly took place – Payless still has my phone number on file from the last time I bought shoes for work from them 5 years ago. They asked if I wanted to add my email address so they could send me coupons.
Oh heck no!
Major props to my husband for standing up to people who have no idea what they are talking about when they tell me I have to put shoes on due to regulations that don’t exist. Moral of the story: Know your rights and stand up for them! To learn more, visit my side project Barefoot is Legal.