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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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Barefoot McDonalds

Wouldn’t you know it? I go out of town to a place with limited internet capabilities (there’s this thing called dial-up . . .) and a barefoot incident happens right back home in central Ohio.

It’s another case of a fast food worker being photographed in their bare feet behind the counter.

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Making Up Sh . . . Stuff

Well, summer fast approaches and you know what that means.

Time for some stupid articles about bare feet or flip-flops.

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The Dreaded Needle

From Akron, Ohio we now have the story of a first-grader who stepped on a used syringe. It happened in her school when she was emptying the trash for her teacher.

So, what was the little girl doing barefoot at school?

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A Refreshing Sign

We’ve all seen the “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service” signs.

They’ve really never made a whole lot of sense.

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Another “Barefoot Boy”

It seems there are a few folks who want to claim to be John Greenleaf Whittier’s “Barefoot Boy”. One of those was Hans Peter Bertelsen.

Add to that Francis D. Marston.

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Men of Iron, Feet of Pudding

What do you do if you are a triathlete and want to run the marathon portion barefoot?

Well, right now it depends on who is sponsoring the triathlon.

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The Archetype

I came across this newspaper column from 1966 that I think pretty much sums up and explains why going barefoot is so reviled by so many. It illuminates all too well the mindset of those who put up so many roadblocks back in the 1960s, and who continue to do so today.

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Is It Cheating?

When I wrote about What You Didn’t Know About the Arizona Anti-Gay Bill, I talked about how it was an attempted modification of Arizona’s existing Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), but I also talked about how the RFRAs could be used by barefooters with sincere religious motives.

But is that cheating?

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Convicted for Barefoot Driving

During the mid-1960s into the 1970s, there were so many kids going around barefoot that of course the question of the legality of barefoot driving came up. And when we point out today that that it is legal in all 50 states, we’ll sometimes get someone saying, “Well, it may be legal now, but it used to be illegal.

And you sure could get arrested for and convicted of it.

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I’m Giving Up Escalators

I think I’m going to give up escalators. While I’m at it, I’ll also give up elevators.

It’s the least I can do for the poor people of the world.

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You Know Where This Is Headed

A couple of days ago that haven of misinformed fluff, The Huffington Post, came up with another of their hard-hitting exposés. This time they tell you 11 Mistakes You’re Making In The Bathroom (And How To Fix Them).

Take a guess. Take a wild guess. What do you think one of the 11 mistakes involves?

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How Things Have Changed

Bare feet really did use to be acceptable. Here’s a repost of an entry I did on June 13, 2011. I was on the campus of The Ohio State University.

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Shoes are a Necessity

The guest yesterday on The Huffington Post’s C-Suite was Blake Mycoskie, the CEO of TOMS shoes.

He actually seemed like a very nice guy—very caring and socially responsible. But . . .

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Airport Scare-Ya

Here’s another one of those Airport Scare-ya articles. This time it’s Health Risks of Walking Barefoot Through Airport Security.

But I detect a hint of an ulterior motive . . .

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