I’ve always been a jeans and casual shirt kind of guy. I seldom get dressed up, even for work. Apparently, that’s about to change.
Recently, my employer put out an updated policy manual. Most of it was simply rehashed, and sometimes reworded, things that had “always been”. Some of it was new. One new part was the dress code. In the number 1 dairy county in the United States, and the number 2 agriculture county, denim jeans are no longer acceptable wear. Even though we work in the basement of the Sheriff’s Office/Jail, and are not visible to the public, the kind of clothing I’ve been wearing for all of my 17 and 5/6ths years of employment here is suddenly not acceptable.
Well, not “suddenly”. Just “kind of suddenly”. The manual came out either late last year, or early this year, I don’t recall precisely. We were all required to electronically “sign” that we had read a copy of the manual. (I had a bit of a problem with this, as we were required to click off that we had read the policy, BEFORE the computer would allow us to actually read it! Sometimes government logic is best not studied too deeply.)
We were supposed to comply with the “new” regulations at that time. Needless to say, few did. In our defense, however, the policy was not enforced until yesterday.
Recently, somebody elsewhere in the department wore something they should have known would not pass muster, even under very relaxed attitudes. When they were called on it, they immediately responded with “but dispatch can wear jeans!”
That’s when the shit hit the fan.