No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service

Friday, June 30, 2017

No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service: this is a sign you might see at the doors of shops, restaurants, and gas stations throughout the US during the summer. It means that you can’t enter and you won’t be served if you are shoeless and/or (for males) shirtless. Other similar signs include “no bare feet, please,” or “shoes and shirt required,” or “welcome young people-but not with bare feet.” 

These signs sprang up in businesses as a reaction to the hippie culture in the 1960s and ‘70s; they were a means of keeping hippies out of their restaurants and stores. 

Interestingly, these No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service signs still exist today in a few businesses as a reminder that you can’t enter without being in the proper dress code. It’s not about hippies anymore. I guess people sometimes need to be reminded to wear their shoes and shirts. 

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