Sunday, November 30, 2014

Another Sign

I was out delivering leaflets again for the Conservative Party again and came across another house with a 'Please remove your shoes' sign. That makes a total of five of such signs that I have seen in Stevenage. Of course, most houses I see have a few pairs of shoes sitting by the door.

This one was a yellow plastic plaque nailed to their front door.

Interesting that this one was outside the house. Only one of the other signs that I have seen in Stevenage was outside the front door, as opposed to in the hallway or porch.

If you were going to put up such a sign, would you put it inside or outside your house?

13 comments:

Sandro said...

Definitely inside: I think it's fine to leave shoes in the foyer. An outdoor sign would send a message "leave your shoes outside"

Matthew Celestis said...

There were no shoes outside this house.

Perhaps the logic of putting it outside is that it is less likely to be missed than if it is put inside.

Sandro said...

I see that.

Bob said...

We personally think that a sign is a bit tacky. When we answer the door either my wife or I are shoeless. If the visitor does not take off their shoes we will simply say " would you mind taking off your shoes?"
It has always worked except once

Matthew Celestis said...

Yes, it ought to be possible to communicate these things verbally with all politeness without the need for a sign.

But I still find it encouraging when I see these signs.

Matthew Celestis said...

By the way, Bob, I was at the third session of our RCIA group at the Catholic Church last night. It's mostly lapsed Catholics doing it, but there are a few of us new converts to Catholicism in the group.

Bob said...

Matthew, I hope that you are finding RCIA a rewarding spiritual experience. There are a lot of lapsed Catholics who attend RCIA to regain their footing so to speak. I think that many of them find their way back after having children

Sandro said...

It's an interesting link about an American comedian Roman Atwood. The video of his prank clearly shows his house has a shoes-off policy.

Sandro said...

Sorry, forgot to paste the link.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2858424/Cruelest-prank-Husband-sets-cameras-pretends-throw-toddler-son-balcony-horrified-wife-doesn-t-well.html

Matthew Celestis said...

That looks likely

Mark said...

We did have a sign up at our previous house in a semi rural area. it was in the kitchen above the seat where everyone removed their shoes.We moved to rural Northumberland a few weeks ago. It is a very middle class affluent area. We have beautiful plush beige carpets in bedrooms and the enormous sitting room. The sitting room is upstairs. The stairs are also carpeted. Our entrance/ reception room has old wooden floors as does the hallway. We have created an area by the door where everyone can easily sit and remove shoes. We also have boot/shoe trays and a basket of slippers for the family
We have found that a sign is totally unnecessary as all of our guests have automatically sat down on the bench and removed their shoes. Most have brought slippers to wear.
It is refreshing that people here are so polite and respectful to this extent. It has been many years since I lived in a rural location, but even back then everyone seemed to do automatically do the same.
In Semi rural Derbyshire shoe removal was the norm, but most would wait to be asked, even when they saw our sign.
The British have many behavioral differences and etiquette and manner do vary considerably.
We will be insisting that shoes are removed at dinner parties too. Our carpets are simply to expensive. But as our dining room has wooden floors then we will concede that shoes may be worn. But when we retire to sitting room then they will have to come off.
It is highly unlikely that anyone in the country will wear stilettos, but if they do then they will have to come off to protect the wooden floors.
For church home groups shoes will come off,but ive not been to a meeting where anyone kept them on. Even a child, when we went to homegroups, shoes always came off.
The vicar back then was very keen about it at his vicarage.

Matthew Celestis said...

I very much admire your assertiveness.

So people in Derbyshire would see your sign and stand hesitating at the door?

Mark said...

I can't say for certain they saw the sign. Regular guests obviously removed them automatically. New ones waited to be asked or asked if they should remove them. Workmen from BT etc took them off without being asked.