Employees who have to wear Santa hats or funny hats, or Hairnets even....

@AmbiePam (56995)
United States
December 19, 2007 9:26pm CST
During this time of year I see a lot of people in stores who wear Santa hats as they work. I'm not sure if that is their choice, or if they have been told to wear them by their boss in the spirit of the season. Still, in food service I've seen employees have to wear something as uncomfortable as 'pirate' hats, say in fast food. Of course those in the kitchen wear hair nets. I've never had to wear a hat for any place that I worked. Have you? Did you mind? What was the worst kind of thing you've seen someone wear on their head because of the place they worked? Even surgeons have to wear something on their head as they perform their duties...
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@OURDEW (4810)
• United States
20 Dec 07
I'm trying to think and I don't ever remember having to wear a hat. I have never worked with food, I don't think I ever did. I don't think I would like it if I did have to wear a hat of any kind.
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@AmbiePam (56995)
• United States
20 Dec 07
Not to sound gross, but how do people in food service wear hats (excluding hair nets) without their poor heads sweating?
@OURDEW (4810)
• United States
20 Dec 07
chefs hat - a chef wearing a hat
I guess I was thinking of a chefs hat.:)
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@AmbiePam (56995)
• United States
20 Dec 07
I've always wondered how they keep those chefs hats from deflating. I'm fascinated by the weirdest things.
@tiffiny (872)
• United States
20 Dec 07
I have never worked but my best friend loved it when they would have "spirit" days. We would deck her all out for the holidays and some of the stuff we did to her was pretty funny. Like we put glitter all over her and garlin and reindeer antlers. It's so much fun.
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@AmbiePam (56995)
• United States
20 Dec 07
That does sound like fun. It's nice to get employees in on the holiday spirit.
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
20 Dec 07
i hated having to wear a hat when i worked in a kitchen...it always made me feel so hot and stupid looking... santa hats are not so bad to wear...but still make you feel silly while at work
@AmbiePam (56995)
• United States
20 Dec 07
I can't imagine working in a kitchen for that very reason. Hats may be necessary, but they are SO hot. Too bad you didn't get paid extra for that.
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
21 Dec 07
yes it was awful...i would have prefered the hair net for that reason...this wasn't even a health dept rule but the company's idea...oh well, those days are thsnkfully over!!
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@mrsjbelle (1640)
• United States
20 Dec 07
I don't think they have to I think they choose to. Some people get really in the spirit. I'm one of those people who goes down the middle. Sometimes I like to wear and sometimes I don't.
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@AmbiePam (56995)
• United States
20 Dec 07
I keep thinking about the person I saw wearing a pirate hat for their job at a fast food place. They knew they had to wear it when they got the job, but I could tell they were embarrassed anyway.
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
20 Dec 07
I do wear a Santa's hat but by my own choice. I do see some though that look very uncomfortable like you say....and it's those little hairs that come loose and fall out that they are required to wear them. I really haven't seen any really bad ones.....
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@AmbiePam (56995)
• United States
20 Dec 07
I think Santa hats look especially cute on females.
@bowtieguy (5917)
• United States
20 Dec 07
My office encourages people to be festive during the hollidays. I like to were festive ties, I have a tie for every holliday. I thinks it's wrong to force people to wear something if they don't want to, especially if it is not a holliday they celebrate.
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@AmbiePam (56995)
• United States
20 Dec 07
Seeing your user name I was wondering if you wear festive bow ties during this season, or festive neck ties? Maybe both? : )
@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
20 Dec 07
I worked for a few weeks at a meat packing plant where it was required to have all your hair contained with a hair net, and we also had to wear white plastic helmets. I still have mine in the closet. The worst thing I've seen in headwear was at Red Lobster, where employees had to come out and sing happy birthday to a customer while wearing a lobster hat.
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@AmbiePam (56995)
• United States
20 Dec 07
No.....they made you wear a lobster hat? That is just not right!
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@cefaz_21 (2597)
• Philippines
20 Dec 07
I never had the experience too,but if I do..if my job required it..I guess it would be fine with me..specially the santa hat..I guess it's nice spreading the spirit of christmas to everyone..and it's beautiful too look at them, the salesperssons in the mall..others even have the ligth in the red santa hat. :)
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@AmbiePam (56995)
• United States
22 Dec 07
I think the Santa hat is way more dignified than maybe what others have to wear. I would hate to have to wear reindeer antlers. I've seen employees doing that.
@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
20 Dec 07
I have had plenty of jobs where I have had to wear a uniform, but I don't remember ever having to wear a hat. I think that a lot of people who wear the santa hats, do because they want to get into the spirit of Christmas. I do not think that a boss would be allowed to force someone to wear a santa hat. It deals with too deep of an issue. Maybe, they give them some sort of an incentive or bonus to wear it, but it would be against the law to demand that, I do believe. A lot of cooks do not like to wear the hair net. Especially, when it is hot. But, I have had more than my share of finding hair in my food and it probably isn't that harmful, but it is the thought. Kind of makes you wonder, what else didn't they do?
@AmbiePam (56995)
• United States
20 Dec 07
Yes, it does make you wonder, which is kind of scary...
@ElicBxn (61192)
• United States
20 Dec 07
I don't know that I'd want my surgeon to have his hair uncovered - its very unsanitary & I wouldn't want to chance any of it falling in my body, just like I don't want it in my food.
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@AmbiePam (56995)
• United States
20 Dec 07
Of course not. It would be irresponsible not to wear something over the head in that case. I would think everyone should know that. But I wonder about those, say who work in JCPenney who have to wear a Santa hat. I wonder if they mind. I'm thinking more along the lines of jobs that aren't as high brow as a surgeon. I was just using that as an example.
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
25 Dec 07
No, I haven't ever had to wear a hat where I work. I am thankful for this, because I don't sport head gear very well. Though at this moment I am wearing a santa hat and for if no other reason, it is keeping my head warm at the moment.
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@vanities (11409)
• Davao, Philippines
20 Dec 07
i think hats are accessories where you can look better or worse ...but since this month is a christmas season the employees in the malls are obliged to wear to accentuate more the spirit of this event..i like to wear hats if is called for..
@kellys3ps (3726)
• United States
20 Dec 07
Luckily I have never had to wear anything goofy for work. Not even a uniform!
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