My Life as a Kung Fu Fighter

Saturday, July 01, 2006

I drive through a pretty rough neighborhood on my way home everyday. Only during the sunlit hours do I feel comfortable driving among the lot of people drinking beer in their front yards, dirty kids, jalopy cars and stray animals. The convenience stores have bars on the windows, and I get very close to praying for the girls who walk by themselves along the street.
All yuckiness aside, it's a pretty fun place to people-watch.
Today I saw a trashy white guy carrying the shirt that should have been on his back into the convenience store. So then Trashy White Guy got me to thinking. Is the "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service" rule still in effect? I remember reading that sign on the doors of lots of places as a kid, and I guess that must have been a real problem for businesses in the 80s. People got hot, took off their shirts, and stepped into the air conditioned buildings while they ordered their McBurgers. Someone decided that Etiquette simply says, "NO." They must have had about a decade of getting a handle on things, and it must have really worked out for them. I haven't seen the signs recently upon entering the gas station, or even the local library.
I just hope that Trashy White Guy doesn't ruin it for them.