So, YouTube kept crashing my internet connection which made it impossible for me to share my story on it. You may have seen the abbreviated version of the video that I was able to upload. So without further delay, the story:
Last night I went to walmart with my brother and girlfriend. Very quickly in my shopping venture a woman behind me said something about shoes, I started walking a lot faster and cut through some aisles hoping to lose her. She headed me off at a turn and told me I needed shoes. To the best of my memory, here is what was said.
Let me apologize in advance about how long this is....
Employee 1 "You need to leave you don't have shoes."
Employee 1 "You need shoes in this store."
Me "Is there law against it?"
Employee 1 "YES it is against the law."
Me "You mean the health code?"
Employee 1 "YES THE HEALTH CODE."
Me "Really because I have a document from the health department saying otherwise.
Employee 1 "Well you can speak to a manager if you want."
Me "Yes please."
Employee 1 "[Radio chatter] Has a piece of paper saying being barefoot isn't against the law."
Employee 1 "(Yelling to another employee) Who's on manager right now?"
Employee 2 "[Manager's name]"
Employee 1 "This man claims that there is no law against being barefoot"
Employee 2 "[chuckle]"
Employee 1 "[To another employee] This man has a piece of paper saying that the health code doesn't say he has to wear shoes."
Employee 3 "Yeah it is a law it's because we have food and serve groceries here."
Me "This paper proves there is no law against it."
Employee 3 "It is a state law that you need shoes in here."
Me "NO it is not a law and if this is a matter of liability I would be happy to sign away any liability."
Employee 3 "[Using Employee 1's radio] Are you on your way to Jewelry?"
Me "[Polite up beat small talk]"
"Employee 3 "Here she comes, coming from the other direction."
Me "Hello I am Hayward Gatch how are you?"
Asst Manager "I am [Name] They did tell me some things before I got here if you have a doctors note or notice the policy can be waved but it is a health code that you cannot be in this store barefoot."
Me "It is not a health code as this paper shows. I accessed these from a site that has signed letters from every states health department verifying there is no health code against being barefoot in establishments."
Manager "Well it is a law and I was told when I became a manager that it was a health code that you cannot be barefoot in here."
Me "Do you have proof that it is a law?"
Manager "No I don't have proof but I can say that this is a private establishment and we have a rule against being barefoot. You can though talk to the manager though because as an assistant manager I can't do anything for you but he has the authority to bend the rules a little bit."
Me "Is his name [Name]"
Manager "Yes it is, and I apologize for any inconvenience."
Me "Hey, no problem hopefully we can get this all resolved [handshake]"
Me "Have a nice night."
Manager "You too."