Here is an email I just sent to the director of food services for my campus. What do you think? I hate putting on shoes - time to invest in slippers I guess. (This is in the building where I live so I didn't have to go outside)
My name is Owen, and I was wondering if you could help me with a few questions regarding footwear in on campus restaurants.
Earlier I had gone barefoot to the Mountain Hall cafeteria and was told I had to leave because of a health code violation.
I was wondering if you could help me in locating the health code document or policy that states this?
I know it is common knowledge; 'no shirt, no shoes, no service' but recently I have become curious as the reasoning behind this, and even read that in some cases it is actually not a regulation. Surely shoes are less clean than feet as they are exposed to and harbour bacteria all day by nature of the surfaces they contact and how infrequently they are washed, whereas feet are washed regularly and don't come into contact with as many surfaces. Today I went to the same cafeteria and was told it was for safety reasons: if I cut my foot on glass, blood, which can carry diseases would get on food surfaces. However, it would seem to me that safety in most cases is a personal choice. People cut themselves in restaurants all the time on their hands, and yet this danger is not forcibly mitigated through gloves etc. It seems to me that throughout time and the evolution of a society with a large disparity of class levels (poor vs rich etc) this policy may have evolved to keep the poor out of restaurants and other places where the upper class did not want to associate.
Honestly I don't like putting on shoes and value my personal freedom when it seems reasonable. I would like some justification or proof of these decisions as I found the confrontations I had with staff at the cafeteria to be less than satisfying and informative.
Thank you so much for your time and considering my words! I love the cafeterias and the staff aside from my problems in this area!
tldr: don't wear shoes to a restaurant in my building, they tell me to gtfo, I disagree.