Saturday 16 December 2017

Man is sent home from work for wearing shorts, comes back in a dress

PIC: Joey Barge Twitter
PIC: Joey Barge Twitter
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

You may not have noticed but there's a bit of a heatwave causing some serious sartorial difficulties across the UK and Ireland this past few days.

A guy called Joey Barge, from Buckinghamshire, struggling with the heat and wanting to keep things airy, decided he would wear a pair of shorts to work in a call centre.

He posted a pic of him wearing the dressy long navy shorts in his car on Twitter and posed the question, "If women can wear skirts/dresses at work can I wear smart shorts like so?"

He answered his own question a little while later, "Answer: nope, just been sent home from work."

Off home he went and donned a t-shirt dress, "What looks better" he asked, predicting he would once again be sent home from work.

However, it seems bosses relented and issued an email stating that, due to the "extremely warm temperatures currently" men could wear "3/4 length shorts" in "black, navy or beige only".

Joey called it a "partial win" and told the Daily Mail that his bosses said he looked a bit colourful in his dress so he could go home and change but he said he was "happy to stay" in his pink and black guna.


Twitter was behind Joey all the way, with one follower calling him a "hero" and another adding, "Another win for the little guy.  Live your life like that and you'll go a long way. #MakeWaves #StayStrong"

"Men should always be allowed to wear shorts like women can wear skirts and dresses... equality" another, while another follower added, "I suggest that @jBarge_ is setting the standard, and kicking up when gender is used in dress codes.  Grassroots action."

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