Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Requesting is not Demanding or Forcing

Contrary to a lot of comments in the shoes-off debate, there is a difference between requesting people to remove their shoes and 'forcing' or 'demanding' them to do so.

I consulted the Meriam-Webster dictionary:

Request: to make a request to or of, to ask as a favor or privilege

Demand: to ask or call for with authority : claim as due or just, to call for urgently, peremptorily, or insistently

Force: to compel by physical, moral, or intellectual means

We do not force or demand that visitors remove their shoes, but we request them to do so.


Anonymous said...

Not sure whether this is of interest or not.

We had a fair bit of snow here last night,

Today I was in the libary and while a lot of people were just wearing there wellies right inside the building, I noticed that one young lady, in her early to mid 20's i would guess, had left her welies at the door and was working at one of the computers in her socks.

I also notice that one of the libarians, I would guess of a similar age, was wearing a light brown top, jeans and just socked feet as well.

Celestial Fundy said...

There is terrible snow here in Hertfordshire today too.

Rather thoughtful of those people, but not much help if they are the only ones doing it.

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richyrich said...

Snow is bad where we are as well. Some of us managed to get into work today. I noticed that one of my colleagues (actually the one who said that she was worried about the Sky TV engineer dirtying her carpets just before Christmas) was wearing slippers in work!

Well done the lady in the library and the librarian for showing consideration for the library floors. Hopefully they'll serve as an example to the others who saw them.

Anonymous said...

Hope you don't mind me asking,but why was she wearing slippers, - presumably because of the weather?

Had she worn wellies or boots and changed into slippers in the office rather bother carying formal shoes with her?

If so it seems a sensible idea.