Sunday, December 13, 2009

Twincities.com: Shoes on ... or off? What kind of holiday party host are you?

Twincities.com: Shoes on ... or off? What kind of holiday party host are you?

13 comments:

richyrich said...

Just want to share an experience I had at work today. At our company we have to use a pooled car if we want to travel to another place in relation to work (i.e. any employee who wants to make such a journey takes the car and brings it back to the main workplace after doing the journey)And today a few colleagues and myself needed to make such a journey (I was driving). We've just had a new pooled car and it is all clean and tidy inside.

When we went to our destination the ground on which we walked was quite dirty and muddy and our shoes inevitably got rather dirty. When we went back to the car to return to the workplace, one woman who was amongst us, just before she got back into the car said "I'll just take my shoes off so as not to make the car dirty". And she then took off her shoes and held them in her hand for the whole journey (which lasted about half an hour), staying just in her tights for the whole time. One other woman who was with us said that that was a good idea, although she didn't do the same herself. The subject of conversation then changed, and I wasn't really able to argue the case for "shoes off policies" as I would have liked.

But it was most encouraging to see, if people are prepared to show such consideration for a work place car, I'm sure they'd show much more for a house they visit.

Celestial Fundy said...

Very good. Just like that Shania Twain song!

I must confess, though that my car is not very clean inside. I only take my shoes off in the car if I am wearing crocs or flip flops so I can drive better.

richyrich said...

I have actually heard of a few other people asking passangers to take their shoes off when travelling in their cars, especially if they are nice expensive cars. Guess it's much less common than shoes off in homes, but it has its merits without a doubt.

Celestial Fundy said...

If you have an expensive car it makes sense, though it might be hard to find a convenient place to put them if you are going for a drive.

I think they sometimes do this when they are exhibiting new models of cars.

richyrich said...

You could put them in the boot I suppose. It is also common to ask visitors to remove their shoes in boat shows when they are boarding the boats.

Celestial Fundy said...

But if you put them in the boot, you would have to walk shoeless back to the passenger and driver seats.

Going shoeless outdoors is not the end of the world, but it moght defeat the object if the ground is muddy.

richyrich said...

The driver could keep his outdoor shoes on and carry the passangers' shoes to the boot whilst they were sitting shoeless in the car.

Celestial Fundy said...

I suppose so, but then the driver would get his section of the floor dirty.

richyrich said...

Better that than to get the whole car dirty which happens when all the passengers keep their shoes on.

Celestial Fundy said...

I suppose so.

Anonymous said...

Hi Richyrich,

Hope you don't mind me asking, but I assume you work in an office and am just wondering what the lady who removed her shoes in the car did when she returned to work?

Did she or anyone else (including you) who had been on the trip remove their shoes in the office?

Just wondering, but I think it was very considerate of her to remove her shoes in the car.

Katie.

richyrich said...

Katie,

Yes I do work in an office. As the woman in question works in a different part of it as I do, I don't know what she did after she returned to work.

I didn't remove my shoes when I returned to the office, I would never do that at work.

I agree that it was most considerate of her to remove her shoes in the car, especially as it was the company's

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