She got really bad shoe bites, yet, she continued to wear them as “it’s part of the new dress code, I had to wear high heels as you told me".
Let's face it, some jobs require a dress code. Take flight stewards, for example. They need to be well dressed at all times, complete with makeup and heels. However, it goes without saying that a dress code shouldn't be uncomfortable for the employees just because it fits the role. One woman working at a casino had a really tough time dealing with the new dress code because if anything, it was highly painful and uncomfortable. Reddit user Inconvenientsilence was furious when the casino she worked at forced her and other female workers to wear high heels and “tight dresses,” so that customers would give out more tips.
Okay, I have worked in a lot of different industries but this happened while i worked in a casino chain in the UK. At 19, I was a bartender and shifts would usually be 12 hours at a time. While I worked there the dress code was smart black (so smart trousers and black shirts) which men and woman had to wear because it was comfortable. To get more tips, even though I was classified at a bartender, the company forced the women to work on the casino floor making us walk in circles around the gambling tables and made the men stay behind the bar.
The women were not allowed to stand still so even on a quiet day we still had to walk in circles, this was made easier with our uniforms being comfortable. Although it was frustrating to walk around for hours on end the pay was good so we complied. Then the company held a meeting and told us how they decided to change the uniforms. Unsurprisingly the guys' uniforms didn’t change at all but the women were told to wear tight grey dresses you could barely move in and high heels by the next shift, it was clearly to look more appealing and get more tips.
This was reason enough for the female staff to be pissed about it. Of course, my female coworkers and I were pissed off about this and told the managers that we will not only have restricted movement but will also be in pain by the end of the night if we have to walk around for hours in high heels on the hard floor. Management did not care and told us to suck it up. After this, we all gathered in the changing rooms and talked about how there is no way we are wearing this new uniform and shouldn’t wear it in protest.
Soon enough, she had an idea. I suggested that my coworkers do what they have planned and I will wear a new uniform because we needed to prove our point. After a long discussion and hesitation, they agreed and let me do it. The next shift I walked in the building in the new uniform, my god it was uncomfortable, the dress made it difficult to turn my body around and bending over was near impossible, it was so tight that when I did kneel down I was scared it would rip. The dress was that tight.
Management was really happy to see that I complied even saying to my coworkers how they should learn from me. I had to keep it cool while they said that as I was already started to get sore from the heels. It was a busy night and I was running around like a headless chicken, the dress made it difficult to keep up the pace as I struggled to breathe properly (I think the dress was not designed for this kind of movement) and the pain from my shoes increased to the point that at times I had to attempt to crouch for a second in the back to give my feet a rest. My coworkers started begging me to stop and just get flat shoes on for my own sake but I declined stating how I needed to prove our point so I pushed on through the pain till the end of the shift.
She was determined to make a point and show them how horrible the dress code was. Management came in when we all finished seeing how everyone was and asking me how I found the shift. I smiled and said it was great with one small problem. I removed my shoes for the first time in 12 hours and stood in front of my managers mildly shaking. Their faces went from all smiles to shock when they looked at my feet to see my blood running on the floor from the open wounds on my heels, the injuries covered the entirety of my heels with dried blood on the back of my shoes.
They started telling me I should not have done that and should of worn flat shoes but I reminded them saying “but it’s part of the new dress code, I had to wear high heels as you told me". As the injuries were exposed I started to feel the pain intensify and had to hold back tears but my shaking got worse. They made me sit down and got the first aid kit for my feet as I started to unzip the back of my dress saying how hard it is to breathe. However, she finally got her justice. The dresses were still compulsory but the dresses were made looser and we never had to wear high heels on shift again.