Barefoot Stigma

I was forcefully told to leave Sainsbury’s in Helston again last Saturday. They sited company HEALTH & SAFETY policy with dangers from broken glass etc, and that they have a duty of care!

But my question is, if it’s okay to walk barefoot into a store, cafe, toilet, surf shop, or restaurant on the sea/beach front, with no-one batting an eye-lid about the H&S rules, why does it suddenly become an issue just a couple of miles inland???

This says more about people’s psychology than the actual risks.

Is it more dangerous to walk barefoot the further away from the beach? Or is it about social acceptability?

Is the appearance of barefeet in an unusual situation suddenly focusing people’s attention & their brains trying to work out why it shouldn’t be happening?

The risks are identical, but the perception for risk has changed due to another factor. Social inacceptability of bare feet in certain public spaces.

Yet other countries have no problem with it.

Take New Zealand for example. A kiwi friend of mine couldn’t understand why people kept looking at him strangely as he walked barefoot through the Town Centre in England, till I explained about the social stigma. He was shocked, and thought we were nuts!

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One Response to Barefoot Stigma

  1. Kyris says:

    sigh… we live in a really terrible culture 😦 i’m from england, and i really wish i could walk around naturally, barefoot, without the social stigma… =(

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