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To The Dollar Store

I was on my way to my cousin house in Jacksonville. I stopped at a gas station first. I was about to go in barefoot but drove away instead. Then I stopped at a dollar store. After fooling around on my phone I just went ahead and went in. It wasn't a lot of people there and I don't think anyone paid attention. I stood in line and one of the store clerks came up to me and said I'm not supposed to come in barefoot. Telling me it has something to do with OSHA when in fact it doesn't. If he did his research he would've found out that it not illegal or against any health codes for customers to come in barefoot. But stores can refuse service to barefoot customers. Customers are really not required to wear shoes inside. But I didn't argue. I made my purchase and left. I took a chance thinking no one would care.
kevinsjr kevinsjr 31-35, M 3 Responses Jul 15, 2013

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The best thing to do is to find those places that are barefoot friendly and if you find a store that isn't friendly to barefooters, then you should take your business somewhere else.

It is an insurance requirement for almost all commercial entities. The concern for injuries while a person is barefooted is the driving factor for stores requiring footwear.

It has nothing to do with OSHA unless it is an employee that is bare footed while preforming his or her normal work activities. The exception to that is the preforming arts where it is part of a act or dance routine.

A lot of local, county, or state board of health departments have put into effect laws requiring footwear and tops while in a commercial establishment. And it may vary from location to location.

I knew someone would give us a good answer. This all makes a lot of sense, thanks nudistguyny!

Your welcome.

Uhm, no; it's really not an insurance requirement. And, no, there are no health department laws required shirts or shoes either. See http://www.barefooters.org for accurate information.

Uhm, yes; Depending on your insurance carrier it can be required and most do.

In my last job position I worked very closely with a local health dept. There were regulations governing footwear and clothing in commercial establishments where any type of food item was offered to the general public. ( private groups were excluded ).

Please check your source and where they acquired their information.

Uhm, again, no. No insurance carrier makes anybody require shoes of PATRONS. And no, no health department requires shirt or shoes either. See www.barefooters.org -- they have letters for all US state health departments. You have no idea what you're talking about.

Now check for local or county health departments. Then make your comment about "not knowing".

The insurance liability of patrons being barefooted with in a commercial establishment is very real. How many lawsuits were filed because a customer dropped a glass bottle which broke. Then slipped and fell because of the contents making a hazardous condition. Who pays to defend such lawsuits ? The insurance companies !

Do they require each customer to sign a wavier when entering a store ?

Of course not. But by simply requiring a simple sign placed where it can be seen relieves the insurance companies legal costs. It breaks down to profits ( money) The less spent is more earned. Requiring a simple sign reduces the legal cost load.
Do your research.

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If you really want to go barefoot in stores, maybe print something up showing that OSHA has never said that you must wear shoes, and have some in your car, so you can carry one with you when you do go into a store and are questioned. Share the facts with them and let them learn something that day! I know of a couple that do a similar thing with the female of the couple going topless in New York state, and the court ruling allowing it.

I can but according to my research a store can still refuse service to barefoot customers.

That's true, but then ask them to show you where it's posted. I'm sure that even if it isn't posted, they could refuse service to you, but it's worth a shot.

I just started going barefoot and I'm still hesitant about going inside barefoot. Other people can do it with no problem. I've seen people go inside barefoot before but I didn't care. I should've told that store clerk to do his research but it was no big deal so I let it go.

I haven't gone barefoot into a store yet. The closest I've come is wearing one of my pairs of Vibram FiveFingers. They are shoes with toes, and are as close to being barefoot while still wearing shoes.

I heard of those. But I discovered xero shoes. Barefoot sandals you can run in. Go to xeroshoes.com there is also topless sandals. They just stick to your feet without straps.

I think I'll stick with my FiveFingers, plus they give lots of opportunities to talk to others about my "minimalist" (at least when it comes to clothing) thoughts!

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