Related“I Dare You to Wear this Onesie to Court (It’s Not What You’re Thinking)”
It does not, apparently, go without saying.
Also, n.b., don’t try to hand over money you pulled out of your underpants.
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They may not be appropriate but some people who are homeless may not have anything else. Maybe that’s all there is that’s clean. Instead of pointing a finger at someone’s “lack of etiquette” perhaps we should point the finger back at the government for failing to take care of our downward spiral of a social services system
This goes slightly beyond a lack of etiquette. And I’m not sure why this sign would induce the poster to invoke the “our government fails at social services” argument. (Not that I don’t agree. We have a long way to go before social services actually serve the people who need it.) But I’ve been a law enforcement officer and I am an attorney, and I’ve seen too many sweaty bills pulled from bras (or the region where a bra should be) crumpled, damp and clearly unhygienic. Clerks and courthouse cashiers work long hours with little thanks, less respect, and deal with people in all states of emotional distress. They should not be required to handle sweaty, nasty, smelly money that’s been fished out of your bra (or elsewhere) right in front of them.
Perhaps I stepped over the line of etiquette but it was because I didn’t appreciate the implied tone of shaming to those communities who are already marginalized and struggling. I think it’s strange we that you seem surprised by the reaction but then say you agree with it.
I’m not saying that people in those professions do not deserve respect and a safe and healthy work environment but how is making fun of those in disadvantaged situations going to help or change this situation? Do you think they are likely to read or see this post and suddenly realize it’s not acceptable? They may see it but I doubt they aren’t aware of the rules.
I work front line outreach and work closely with these populations everyday. I found you’re sense of humor on this matter insulting and serving to normalize the discrimination of people who are in need of help. You, or anyone else, can disagree but I’m entitled to my opinion, same as you are entitled to voice your frustration through humor. Doesn’t mean I have to find it appropriate.
What would you find appropriate to laugh at? Do you laugh at anything? Most humor is directed at people and circumstances.
The sign is clearly not directed at the infintessimal minority of people who are wearing pajamas because of mental or emotional disabilities, who likely don’t have the emotional capacity to care, if they even take notice of the sign at all. It is directed at the ever growing group of disrespectful people (mostly of the younger generation) who think it is fashionable to wear their pajama bottoms out in public.
The sign was funny, sort of like the warning on a coffee cup that, beware, coffee is hot. (But, oh, that makes fun of the poor coffee drinker who sued the fast food restaurant when they burned themself.)
There is an important difference between someone who wears pajamas to court because he or she has nothing else to wear and someone who wears pajamas to court because he or she has no respect for the court. Spend a day watching arraignments and you will see a parade of people who could clearly afford decent clothing but look like they are dressed for a music video (or for bed).
I am pretty sure this sign is directed at the latter, even though it doesn’t explicitly say so.
Also it is a funny sign.
You have to guve respect in order to get it and it is a two way street, both parties can be at fault. Also presumed wealth is no indicator of addictions or mental health.
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