Thursday 20 October 2016

Ouch! Waitress' viral photo of bloodied feet after shift shows damage high heels can inflict

Amy Mulvaney

Published 11/05/2016 | 12:50

PIC: Nicola Gavins Facebook
PIC: Nicola Gavins Facebook

It’s no secret that wearing heels all day is something countless women hate doing, and this waitress’ viral photo has aptly shown the extent of the damage that heels can cause.

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Last week, Nicola Gavins posted a photo of her friend’s bloody feet after wearing heels for a shift waitressing.

The photo shows the woman’s feet in blood-soaked pop socks beside a pair of black high heels.

She called out her friend’s employer, Canadian restaurant Joey, and their shoe policy for women which states that “female staff wear heels unless medically restricted”.

Even though her feet were bleeding and the woman is said to have lost a toenail, Gavins said that her friend was “still discouraged and berated by the shift manager for changing into flats,” and was “specifically told that heels would be required on her next shift the following day.”

She went on to say how the company is sexist in its uniform policies, whereby “female staff have to purchase a uniform/dress at the cost of 30$ while male staff can dress themselves in black clothing from their own closets (and are not required to wear heels).”

Gavins described the policy as “sexist”, “archaic” and” totally disgusting”.

She added how she has “many friends in the service industry” and knows “loads of ladies who still earn great tips without having to sacrifice their comfort while serving. I'll choose to continue supporting those establishments.”

The communications manager for Joey, Sasha Perrin, told “We were upset to see this post and reached out to connect with the employee right away. Our employees’ feedback is extremely important to us, so we wanted to hear directly from her about her experience.”

Perrin said that the company’s shoe guidelines require all members of staff to wear a black, non-slip, dress shoe and that employees “choose what is comfortable for them”.

“There is no minimum height when it comes to our shoe policy. Shoes range from black dress flats, wedges and heels. For those employees wearing heels, we require the heel height to be no higher than 2.5,” she said.

The Facebook post has been shared over 11,000 times since it was published last week.

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