A Short Outrage

@Rollo1 (16661)
Boston, Massachusetts
September 25, 2015 12:52pm CST
It should actually say "A Shorts Outrage" because this is about shorts. Specifically, a pair of shorts that a young woman wore on the job in the department store she worked at. A pair of red shorts that a supervisor thought were inappropriate. Her manager asked her if she knew the dress code and asked her to go home and change. The young woman decided to quit her job of two weeks, instead of changing her clothes. She is outraged that women are being forced to hide their legs at work. She says that since she bought the shorts in the store, they must be appropriate. I would have to point out here, that the store also sells bikinis and underwear, but they may not want sales staff to wear them while working. I would also point out that it is highly unlikely that men are allowed to wear shorts while working in the store. I have shopped at this store and they seem to require a fairly professional appearance. I don't really care that this young person wants to wear shorts to work. Let her go work at a smoothie bar on the beach or something. What bothers me is the claim that not letting this headstrong girl wear shorts is part of some effort to suppress women's rights. I am sick to death of hearing that if women are required to wear appropriate clothing, then it is "body-shaming". Whatever happened to common sense? Maybe I am old-fashioned, but I think that both men and women should know how to dress appropriately. And just maybe, your employer has the right to tell you not to wear shorts to work. Am I just an old fuddy-duddy?
"I'm very satisfied that people are paying attention to the cause and starting a discussion on dress codes in the workplace and at schools, and how we view women."
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@marlina (70117)
• Canada
25 Sep 15
If you are a old fuddy-duddy then I am one also. I am very tired of everyone wanted their individual "desires" to be catered too. Pure nonsense.
@Rollo1 (16661)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Sep 15
Maybe we should start an old fuddy-duddy society. We could have coffee and donuts.
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• United States
25 Sep 15
here here! utterly ridiculous...kinda like the folks who've pierced e'ery orifice they've got, slathered violent tattoos 'cross their bodies 'n then wonder why they can't get a job...
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@marlina (70117)
• Canada
25 Sep 15
@Rollo1 I will bring the muffins.
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• United States
25 Sep 15
what the heck is wrong with folks? makes ya wonder 'bout their self-esteem. she's lucky she didn't jest get fired 'n rightfully so bein' she'd jest been there 2 weeks. this is what's wrong with society - they do wrong 'n the media blows it up, social networks light'n fire. i agree, if'n she wants to work wearin' shorts, there's plenty 'f jobs that'll allow her to do such....like bars. hey! perhaps she'd like to go work fer hooters 'n jest let it all hang out?
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@Rollo1 (16661)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Sep 15
Because she'd been there only two weeks, I think she would have kept her job. The manager was going to let her go home, change and return. But she opted to quit rather than comply.
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@Marcyaz (35793)
• United States
25 Sep 15
Hooters does sound like her sort of place.
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• United States
26 Sep 15
@Rollo1 that lil gal needs to do some serious growin' up. in these parts she'd jest been fired. perhaps she's hopes the publicity'll make 'er rich?
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@valmnz (12234)
• New Zealand
25 Sep 15
I definitely agree with you. It's sad that young women think they have more right than their employers . Just imagine if the police or other uniformed jobs had women or men who chose to wear what they like to work.
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@Rollo1 (16661)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Sep 15
I hate to say it, but while all these young women are complaining that people are trying to make them cover their body parts in shame just because they are women and are "sexualizing" them, the plain truth is that these young women are sexualizing themselves and trying to get attention with their bodies and exposure. She quit rather than change her clothes. Because she doesn't want anyone to tell her what to do. That is the attitude I see all the time these days.
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@valmnz (12234)
• New Zealand
25 Sep 15
@Rollo1 it makes you wonder what has gone wrong with the world.
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@MALUSE (37050)
• Germany
25 Sep 15
You may be an old fuddy-duddy (a nice word which I'm going to include in my vocabulary) but not because of the opinion you've voiced here. The young woman is a silly cow craving attention.
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@Rollo1 (16661)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Sep 15
Well, the truth is that I am an old fuddy-duddy, but I am also right about this. I agree with you. I think she is one of the many spoiled young people who insist that they must always have their own way.
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• United States
25 Sep 15
Proper attire should be required at the workplace and no, you aren't a fuddy duddy. I think some people just lack common sense.
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@Rollo1 (16661)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Sep 15
Some people insist on their own way. And I know she didn't need shorts to stay cool. Those stores are air-conditioned.
@LadyDuck (141927)
• Switzerland
26 Sep 15
I surely am an old fuddy-duddy, because I think that this girl is nut. The stores also sell sexy lingerie. You can wear it at work, if you cover it with an appropriate dress.
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@Rollo1 (16661)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Sep 15
Exactly. Just because they sell it in the store doesn't mean you can wear it to work. But young people seem to have odd ideas.
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@LadyDuck (141927)
• Switzerland
26 Sep 15
@Rollo1 I cannot understand how they do not understand, we did when we were young.
@Lushlala (875)
• Gaborone, Botswana
26 Sep 15
@Rollo1 I don't even get why she feels that's a valid line of reasoning LOL?!
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@Marcyaz (35793)
• United States
25 Sep 15
When I worked there was a dress code and if you did not follow it you were sent home to change your clothes. I find it appropriate to not wear shorts to work if you are working with the public or even in an office. Maybe some places allow this but not if they are a professional firm.
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@Rollo1 (16661)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Sep 15
Shorts are not for the office, not for working in a department store, not for most jobs. There are very few jobs where you could wear shorts whether male or female. She was just looking to have her own way and is trying to get famous by making this some kind of cause.
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@Lushlala (875)
• Gaborone, Botswana
26 Sep 15
@marcyaz...i'm sure the girl will have been told about the dress code, but obviously wasn't listening! Or it just didn't compute!
@jaboUK (52859)
• United Kingdom
25 Sep 15
I'll join your fuddy-duddy club. This young madam dressed totally inappropriately for the job she was doing.
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@Rollo1 (16661)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Sep 15
I agree. But I know that it is impossible to convince some that their are standard and that they HAVE to comply. They really don't get that.
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@Marcyaz (35793)
• United States
25 Sep 15
She certainly did dress inappropriately.
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@Tampa_girl7 (24367)
• United States
25 Sep 15
I think she should follow their dress policy.
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@Rollo1 (16661)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Sep 15
Well, you and I know that you follow the dress code, but it seems a lot of young people don't think that way.
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@Marcyaz (35793)
• United States
25 Sep 15
I totally agree follow the dress code.
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@vandana7 (61247)
• India
26 Sep 15
No you are not. Some people take time to understand such things. Let her be. There are enough unemployed folks around. Somebody who needs job and believes in god may be needing one right now.
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@Rollo1 (16661)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Sep 15
I guess you could look at it that way - she made a job opening for someone else.
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@topffer (32925)
• France
25 Sep 15
I was surprised to see that she bought her short as a career short. In my country when there is no uniform, you are supposed to wear whatever you want, however employees have to dress respectably and I doubt that a short would be authorized in a supermarket. Not sure, but I think it would also be a source of trouble for the employee, man or woman.
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@Rollo1 (16661)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Sep 15
I have seen shorts in the past that were part of more casual office attire, etc., but none of them look like that and they are not that short. I am not surprised that they found them inappropriate.
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@bluesa (13432)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
25 Sep 15
No, you are not a fuddy-duddy. When a person is at work, they should dress appropriately! I love wearing a short in summer, but realise that, that is when I am at home or on weekends.
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@Rollo1 (16661)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Sep 15
Shorts are fine, no one is telling her that her legs are taboo. But if you take a job, you have to follow the employer's rules. And it's not a professional look.
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@garymarsh6 (13097)
• United Kingdom
26 Sep 15
NO you are not a fuddy duddy. I have sent people home to change when they have turned up for work inappropriately dressed. I think some people sneezed out common sense soon after birth! I love the comment from crazyhorseladycx about her getting a job at hooters!
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@Rollo1 (16661)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Sep 15
Lots of people bend the rules or push the envelope, and need to be reigned in. She's just determined to have her own way.
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@garymarsh6 (13097)
• United Kingdom
26 Sep 15
I would rather not have her in my employ sounds like she needs a big reality check!
@sofssu (14512)
26 Sep 15
I guess I will fall into the old fuddy duddy category too. If she want her employer to pay her she better follow the dress code.. this is true for all genders. I hate it when women make a big drama about body shaming when they don't follow certain rules. Just a few minutes ago I was asked to sign a similar petition.. II of course refused to sign it.
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@sofssu (14512)
26 Sep 15
@Rollo1 You are so right.. LOL and they want us to sign petitions. Maybe we belong to the old school
@Jessicalynnt (47798)
• Centralia, Missouri
26 Sep 15
The only thing that gets me about this one is, if she had on a skirt that short, they might not have sent her home. no, that lentgh is not work appropriate (in skirt or short form). I do think though that dress codes do need some work. I hated working at JCP because of the shoes they wanted women to wear. I am sorry but I am NOT standing on my feet all day in black heels. I finally got them to be ok with some black flats, but I still had to add tons of cushion in them, and limped home. I think I should have been able to get professional shoes for those who have to stand alot ( like black tennis shoes with no markings or color)
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@Rollo1 (16661)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Sep 15
Well, her beef is that they want to cover women's legs as if they were shameful, and so a short skirt must also be taboo. Any way you look at it,, shorts are considered casual wear, so she had to know they were not allowed.
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• Centralia, Missouri
26 Sep 15
@Rollo1 I am sure she knew, she just didnt care, so little respect in some generations.
@mythociate (14741)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
25 Sep 15
There is an appropriate time-&-place, you're right
@Rollo1 (16661)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Sep 15
I agree. Her outfit is cute, but it's not what a sales associate at an upscale department store wears.
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@Marcyaz (35793)
• United States
25 Sep 15
Well Harry Jude you sure have changed.appropriate time and place yes
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@gregario888 (1282)
• Aurangabad, India
26 Sep 15
The storm she stirred up-is surely anything but,"short!"
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@Rollo1 (16661)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Sep 15
LOL. Great comment.
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@gudheart (12763)
26 Sep 15
We sometimes have this issues at work when its wear anything day. Some people come in wearing tight vests and shorts!
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@Rollo1 (16661)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Sep 15
Lots of businesses have casual dress days, but even then, they have rules about just how casual.
@shaggin (35634)
• United States
26 Sep 15
I think any respectable place of employment will have a dress code. Even if it isn't strict there usually is some rules. I think its really a no brainer that people should look professional at their job .. not like a barbie.. unless they are strippers or something... even then there would be a sort of dress code. My shorts are short too but I wouldn't wear them to work if I worked. The style of shorts right now is so so short even I won't wear it.
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@Rollo1 (16661)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Sep 15
Most mature people understand the rules and when they don't, the rules have to be enforced so they get it. Most people tend to stay within the dress code or at least don't dress so blatantly outside of the dress code. She knew she couldn't wear shorts, she just didn't like being told that.
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@GardenGerty (95698)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Sep 15
How self centered people have become. If anyone disagrees with them or has expectations of them it is bias, or prejudice. I always assume that "he who writes the paycheck also writes the rules". It is good she quit, her attitude is atrocious.
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@Rollo1 (16661)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Sep 15
She's trying to turn it all into a cause. She's fighting for women's rights to show their legs or something... sigh. She's got a lot of hard lessons to learn.