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Here is a bit more information on the situation I talked about yesterday, with an acquaintance being detained by police for being barefoot and shirtless late at night. I also got some questions that I would like to address.

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A barefoot and shirtless acquaintance of mine from south Texas was recently detained by the police, simply because he was barefoot and shirtless (outside). He would like to know if this was false imprisonment, and whether had has a cause of action to sue them.

The answer, as is so often the case in these situations, is

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I Am Chortling

While I was at the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday, tiptoeing through getting a waiver for the day from their shoe rule, the Ohio General Assembly initiated an action that could unintentionally wipe it away.

So I am chortling.

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Yesterday I needed to take a trip to the Ohio Statehouse for a look at some of the stuff available in their Museum Gift Shop.

Little did I know that by doing so I was taking unfair advantage of them.

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I am happy to report that the Arts, Beats & Eats Festival in Royal Oak, Michigan (a suburb of Detroit) has finally changed the FAQ on their web page. Bare feet are not longer prohibited.

But there is another related issue I’d like to write about.

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Arts, Beats & Eats. But Feets?

There is simply no place in the U.S. where it is illegal to walk barefoot down city streets in the normal course of life. There was even a court case that found such a city ordinance, in Youngstown, Ohio, unconstitutional.

However, every now and again there is a street festival that takes it upon itself to have a footwear condition. The Arts, Beats & Eats festival in Royal Oak, Michigan, is one of them.

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Paranoid Much?

Ever get the feeling that they are out to get you?

Well, if you are barefoot, they just may be.

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