Source - A defiant call centre worker who was sent home for wearing shorts to the office in this week’s heatwave came back wearing a bright pink dress as a ‘protest’ against the dress code. Joey Barge, 20, from Buckinghamshire, turned up in a pair of smart blue shorts on but bosses deemed them inappropriate despite the sweltering heat.
They sent him home just minutes after he posted on Twitter asking his followers: ‘If women can wear skirts/dresses at work can I wear smart shorts like so?’ But rather than changing into a stuffy suit, the call centre worker decided to don a bright pink dress as a ‘protest’ against the rules.
His act of defiance sparked a change in the rules – with bosses sending out an email allowing ‘gentlemen in the office’ to wear three-quarter length shorts in ‘black, navy or beige only’.
Despite the u-turn – which Joey branded a ‘partial win’ – he opted to wear the colourful dress for the whole day in an act of defiance against the policy. ‘They said it was a bit too colourful and asked if I wanted to go home and change because they were letting us wear shorts because of my “protest” – but I said I was happy to stay.
The circular points out that staff should open windows, drink lots of water and ‘not to drink alcohol’ during the hot weather. They also suggest Eurocrats should not indulge in a lavish lunches and instead opt to ‘eat light meals’ while the mercury is soaring.
First of all, this kid needs to get a new gig. It’s probably a summer temp job but still. Dress code? At a call center? Seems a little strict considering your job is to sit in a dark room and get hung up on all day.
I understand where he’s coming from, wearing a suit in hot weather is the worst. Everything bunches and it’s not exactly breathable. He would’ve been better off wearing a plastic bag. Still, it’s his fault for getting a shitty summer job. Should’ve worked at the beach, England is an island.
I will give him props; genius move going home and putting on the dress. Not sure why he had one laying around but I’m not going to question it. Best part is, his boss can’t question it either. “You know what? I identify as female today. Is there an issue?” Gotcha, bitch. That’s called a workplace TKO.
I’m not sure if he’s been wanting to wear the dress for a while or if it was a spur of the moment thing but it served it’s purpose. The dress code was changed. It probably felt good too. Ever had your balls blessed by cool breeze on a hot summers day? It’s glorious.
Chalk this one up as a win for men everywhere. Guys, if you’re unhappy with your dress code at work, dress like a woman. You’ll be amazed how quick change happens.