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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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In A Lakeside Restaurant

I’m back up in northern Wisconsin (so I’m not sure how much blogging I’ll do—I should be out on the lake). But Saturday evening my wife and I went out to eat, and at the restaurant we ate at, I saw a patron with his bare feet resting on another of the chairs at their table.

You’ll never guess what happened next . . .

(Click bait! Click bait!)

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Saturday Comic

Saturday Comic

We’ve referenced Whittier’s The Barefoot Boy a couple of times recently, so for today’s comic, let’s see the take of Dennis the Menace on it.

This comic appeared April 4, 2004.

Dennis the Menace, April 4, 2004

Dennis the Menace, April 4, 2004

[Click for the larger, more readable version.]

 

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A Thorny Issue

If you hike barefoot as much as I do, it is inevitable that at some point you will step on a thorn. Here are some thoughts on that.

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Shoddie versus Shoddy

I think that, within the barefooting community, we are all aware of the term “shoddie”. There are some who don’t like it, saying that it can be insulting to habitual shoe-wearers, but I do use it, and I think it aptly describes what’s going on.

I thought I’d start by tossing out a few definitions.

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The Barefoot Boy, Modernized

Last week we heard the story about the Children in a Democracy report cover that was torn off because it depicted 3 barefoot children on their way to school, and the government offical thought that reflected badly on the United States.

In one of the newspapers of the time there appeared a poem that mocked that decision.

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Barefoot McDonalds Redux

You all may recall the situation I reported on a month ago, in which a McDonalds employee in Newark, Ohio (my back yard) was photographed barefoot in the store. There was a big news story and the Licking County Health Department sent an inspector and considered it a health code violation.

I wondered what would happen if I tried to eat there barefoot. But it turns out that there is quite a bit more to the story.

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Saturday Comic

Today’s comic again comes from Sam & Silo. Here’s Funny Floyd, their philosopher/naturalist/post. This comic appeared on July 20, 1978.

Sam & Silo, July 20, 1978

Sam & Silo, July 20, 1978

For some reason, this particular comic rather tickles my fancy.

 

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Children in a Democracy

I have a picture for you to take a look at. See if you can figure out what was wrong with it, so much so that it was ripped off the cover of an official governmental report.

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World Cup . . . Never Barefoot

Fútbol (soccer) is one of those games that just seem a natural for playing barefoot. It’s played on a large grassy field. You see kids all over the world playing that way. It’s probably safer played barefoot; with all that kicking going on, I sure would prefer that a misaimed kick come from a bare foot.

But you sure won’t see a World Cup game played barefoot.

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OSHA. Oh, Sure.

Barefooters will sometimes be told by store employees that they have to wear shoes because “OSHA requires it.” OSHA is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and it only applies to employees, not customers.

And even then, there is no specific rule that says that even store employees need to wear shoes (though of course the business itself might require them).

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Barefoot Days

I haven’t done a poem for a while.

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

I recently saw a conversation in which a barefooter was chastised by family for being “disrespectful” to them. It was said that being barefoot was traditionally a disrespectful action. Others countered that bare feet have traditionally been considered respectful, and that it’s only fairly recently (and mainly in the U.S.) that many have considered bare feet disrespectful.

So, have bare feet traditionally been considered respectful?

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Saturday Comic

Today’s cartoon fits in with an earlier post of this week, Socially Acceptable. It is from the strip Cornered by Mike Baldwin.

Cornered, June 10, 2010

Cornered, June 10, 2010

The funny thing is, these days one sees a fair number of people wearing socks with sandals and our eyes and brains have gotten used to it. So it’s turned into pretty much a non-issue. Now if only bare feet would follow the same route.

 

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Happy 4th of July

A repeat from two years ago (and two years before that):

Happy Barefoot 4th of July

Happy Barefoot 4th of July

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