Saturday, August 22, 2009
Brooksville, Florida, has just issued a dress code for their city workers. Being required in the new dress code are such basics as deodorant and underwear. Why should this even be an issue? Has society broken down so far that simple issues such as hygiene have to be legislated on some level because no one cares anymore?
I lived for a couple of years in a town called Zephyrhills that lies between Tampa and Brooksville. The population in that area is made up of many diverse socio-economic classes. While there are subdivisions filled with those doing quite well, there are those small towns that are predominantly made up of migrant workers. I'm waiting to see if La Raza slams this new dress code in Brooksville as racist and intolerant.
Also included in the new dress code are bans on exposed underwear, clothing with foul language, sexually provocative clothing, and body piercings anywhere but on the ears. Sounds reasonable to me. If you want to look like a human pin cushion at work, get a job at Spencer's or Hot Topic. And the exposed underwear issue? It's about frickin' time someone make these people PULL THEIR PANTS UP!!! Noah has pushed the limits with me on exposing his underwear, and every time, I ask him, "What's your bellybutton for?" He knows that I mean to put his waistband of his shorts or pants there. Hell hath no fury like Mom being ignored, so he complies.
The only dissenting vote in the 4-1 city council decision came from Brooksville mayor Joe Bernadini. He says that the underwear ruling "takes away freedom of choice." NO IT DOESN'T, JOE!!! City workers have a choice: Follow the rules or find another job. You are a mushhead, Mr. Bernadini.
Cities who want to attract potential residents should realize that people don't want to see their tax dollars going to city workers who have no sense of basic societal decorum. What these workers do on their own time is one thing, but when you're on my dime, follow the rules!!!
Now if they all looked like this, I might think differently.