Unacceptable. Entirely unacceptable.
For one thing, this picture was taken in a store. In a store. You don’t walk around barefoot in a store. In my opinion, you don’t walk around barefoot anywhere, except maybe the beach. Maybe. I don’t walk around barefoot in my home, but I also don’t wear shoes. I wear socks or I wear slippers that never see the light of day. I’m kinda funny that way.
This picture was not taken in some beach town. No, no, no. This is just ordinary town, USA, where apparently some people think it’s fine and dandy to walk around without footwear.
There’s another issue that’s well worth mentioning…the issue of how unsanitary it is to walk around barefoot. People spit on the ground. Humans and animals urinate and defecate on the ground. Some vomit, others bleed. Then there’s bacteria that you’ve probably never even heard of. And glass and rocks and dirt and…ugh. It’s disgusting. I don’t even walk around my house barefoot. Yes, I’m serious.
Do I even need to mention that we — as in we shoe-wearing folk — don’t want to see your filthy dirty bare feet? As grossed out as I was while covertly taking this picture, I couldn’t look away for the life of me. It was like an awful barefoot train wreck.
Editor’s note: In light of some people thinking I’m being judgmental or hypocritical, I want to clear up that I’m not attacking this woman for being barefoot. It’s the notion of going barefoot in public that makes me go, “Ew.” I am also well aware that there are germs (tons of them) all around us. I don’t touch door handles (anywhere), I wash my hands constantly (borderline obsessively) and I sanitize (yes, sanitize) my toothbrushes, cell phone, and remotes on a regular basis. Just to be clear. I’m not trying to be a jerk. I’m just trying to point out that this is kinda gross. And unhealthy. And, maybe make a few people laugh. I don’t intentionally (or unintentionally, hopefully) hurt people’s feelings. I’m, truth be told, empathetic and sensitive. If I offended you, I apologize. If I didn’t, enjoy to your heart’s content. Please note that I will NOT monitor comments that are disagreeable, because I believe 100% in free expression of ideas and opinions and open communication.