Thursday, November 04, 2010


"I would just love it if people did not smoke in front of my baby, but I don't want to upset them. I mean, some people are very uncomfortable when they can't smoke."

"I think its lovely when my employees do some work when they come and sit in the office. Some of them do and I really appreciate it, but if they come in and just play games on the computer or read the newspaper, I just grin and bear it. I think it would be a bit rude to ask my employees do some work."

"I think it is a good idea for people sent to this prison to hand over their mobile phones and any money they have on them. I mean, prisons are so much more efficent when you control what is coming in. However, I think it's really rude to ask prisoners to hand over their stuff. I don't want to hurt their feelings."

"I get a lot of people coming in my cafe and eating their own sandwiches from their packed lunches. I would probably sell more sandwiches if people bought mine, but it is a bit embarassing telling them they can't eat their own. I just accept that is what they do at other places."

Is it really that hard asking people nicely to take their shoes off?


Sandro said...

great )

Celestial Fundy said...


Sandro said...

you are welcome

Moderate Mouse said...

Yesterday, at the thrift store where I volunteer, the manager and I changed the window display from the Halloween theme that was in effect for part of October to one involving stuffed animals and colorful clothing.

As part of this, the manager put a purple sheet (as well as a yellow piece of cloth and a yellow afghan) over the white carpet in the window that had left something to be desired in terms of appearance. Part of the project made it necessary to step onto the sheet, but as she didn't want to ruin it, she took her boots off. As I've probably mentioned at various times, I'm not really one to be in stocking feet when taking care of xyz at home, let alone in a place of business. However, I made an exception (which I sometimes do, don't get me wrong) and followed the manager's example just to be safe. At least 1) my shoes were loafers so they were easy to slip off and on repeatedly (which I ended up doing depending on where it was I needed to go to retrieve this or move that) and 2) my socks didn't have holes or anything like that in them.

Various people (including myself) have worn shoes on the window's carpet, but nobody batted an eye. However, I don't think I could, in good conscience, keep mine on when/if I need to step onto the aforementioned sheet in order to retrieve something.

Sandro said...

Good one, MM. What I saw in Baku, shop assistant almost allways remove their shoes before entering shop windows.

Celestial Fundy said...

MM, the practice of removing shoes when dressing windows used to be very common, but strangely seems to be in decline.

I think you should keep it up. Maybe you will get more used to doing things with your shoes off!

Celestial Fundy said...

But not in Georgia, Sandro?

Sandro said...

strangely, I've never seen a case

Moderate Mouse said...

"I think you should keep it up. Maybe you will get more used to doing things with your shoes off!"

I might just do that, even when the sheet is taken out of the equation, unless the powers that be (i.e. the manager or someone that ranks above and that comes in once in a while to check on things) insist that I do otherwise.

As I've mentioned before, I've cut down on my shoe wearing at home this year in favor of one of my pairs of slippers. Not only do I switch to slippers when I am in for the evening as well as put them on if I'm not going out on a given day to the best of my knowledge, I will (most of the time anyway) even remain in them until closer to when it's actually time for me to go wherever (at which time, I will switch to whatever shoes I plan on wearing). So far, nobody has said anything about it. However, since shoe removal at the door is not done at my home, and I'm not the one authorized to make that judgement call, for the time being, my shoes stay on until I reach my bedroom, at which time I'll switch to slippers (whether or not I change clothes altogether) before tending to any dishes that await me or most other things associated with being at homes.

I don't know how things are done in the UK or elsewhere in the world, but various places of employment in the US have time cards or comparable means of confirming the beginning and end of one's shift at such-and-such job, a.k.a. clocking in/out. Obviously, if you start the work and you haven't clocked in yet, it doesn't count, and thus you won't get paid for it.

This morning, I realized that I'm beginning to have the same attitude regarding my switches from shoes to slippers and vice-versa. When I come home from my volunteer work or anything else, I will often switch to my slippers before taking care of dishes that await me or do anything else inside the home, almost as though if my shoes are still on when I do it, it doesn't count.(This is a far different view than what I had almost two years ago when I first joined this discussion, I know.) I usually do this without thinking about it, but I wonder if it could actually be argued that wearing shoes inside the house (at least for a substantial amount of time and barring a dire emergency) is like working a shift without having clocked in.