Myths and excuses against barefooting

There is a small but recurring set of "reasons" used by those objecting to bare feet, all of which are specious and contain little or no truth.  They are psychological appeals to a conceptual authority that doesn't exist, and are based on nothing other than timeworn prejudice and deliberate misinformation that began over a half a century ago.  Here is why none of them are valid excuses to discriminate.

Far too many people are ignorant of these facts and thoroughly brainwashed by the misinformation they grew up with, but as detailed here it only takes a few minutes on the internet to find the right answers.  A few happy piggies running around has absolutely no impact on the operations of any business establishment, venue, attraction, or infrastructure.  Furthermore, there really are individuals with a medical need to avoid wearing shoes, and for ADA compliance must legally be accomodated without question.  Public awareness of all of this is increasing, and while unshod visitors, customers, or even workers may still not be the most common day-to-day sight, the sooner it becomes normalized and accepted in our lives the better.

In a professional context, any employee or representative of an establishment that chooses to bully someone over such a petty, harmless non-issue does so at the risk of their own career.  No organization's management should ever support such behavior on the part of an associate, and incidents or confrontations need to be promptly reported in the strongest possible terms for remedial action and training.  It's the only way they'll ever learn.


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