Originally Posted by Ravin
How do you deal with stores that don't want you to walk barefoot? We were in a large used bookstore a couple of weeks ago, and while I happened to have shoes on, DD didn't. We were there for an HOUR before someone came up and said she couldn't be barefoot there, because sometimes glass gets broken on the carpet. She was very angry at being made to ride in the cart and really, there was nothing on their floor that was going to hurt her feet or she'd already have stepped on it by then!
Has anyone actually tried the "liability if I injure myself wearing shoes because you said I have to" line?
If we hadn't been almost ready for checkout I could have gone to the car for DD's shoes, but it shouldn't have been any of their business!
Wow... they had a problem with a child being barefoot in a BOOK store?!? Amazing... Dh and I usually carry around a letter from the health department for our state (available at barefooters.org) stating that there is no health reason for wearing shoes in restaurants or grocery stores or anywhere else and that it's perfectly legal to go barefoot wherever. That usually shuts them up...
I also have a barefooter business card that has my name and phone number on it along with the statement that I take full responsibility for any barefooting related injuries that I may incur. I also mention that I would be more likely to be injured wearing shoes and though I've never actually said that I would sue them if I was injured wearing shoes due to their ridiculous rules, I'm sure they got my implication because I didn't have any trouble after that
Mentioning that I walk to the store (and everywhere) barefoot through the town usually helps also. There's MUCH more broken glass on sidewalks than in any store - even a store with actual glass and non-carpeted floors
When I was volunteering at the local Rotary Club's auction/rummage sale I got some concerned comments (broken glass is a given at any huge rummage sale - and this one is HUGE. I'm very bummed that I'm due a week before it this year
), but when I mentioned that I walked half an hour to the auction/rummage sale from my house, folks figured I knew what I was doing. They told us at the orientation to wear our most comfortable shoes while volunteering and my bare feet are the most comfortable shoes I own, for sure! They have great sentimental value also because my parents made them for me
love and peace.