The Garden City Telegram
8/24/2013
SOUTHWEST LIFE

Society should still have basic hygienic, behavioral standards

I'm generally an optimist.

I believe things will work for the best.

I believe life is good.

I believe this is still the best country in the world.

I believe my Oakland A's will start hitting better any day now.

I believe my Iowa Hawkeyes will make it to a bowl game this year. (OK, I'm less optimistic about that.)

Mostly, I believe in my fellow man. I think we're good people for the most part who are all trying to find our own happiness in the world.

Even when a tragedy happens, I don't believe the actions of one or a few should speak for all of us.

Then I see people out in public who have no idea how to live among us, and I wonder what the heck is becoming of us as a society.

My wife and were out of town shopping recently.

I realize we are all different. None of us think or act the same. We can read the same story and get two different meanings.

But I think we should all agree that taking your shoes off and throwing them in your cart is wrong.

So is eating a candy bar while in the store that I bet wasn't paid for.

And add grabbing hand sanitizer from the checkout lane and using it as a no-no.

Kelly and I witnessed all this while taking in the aroma from this guy's feet.

This was a man, who looked to be in his 20s, with someone who appeared to be his wife and their two kids.

He was standing in the checkout lane, eating a candy bar in his stocking feet and the only thing sanitary about him was the sanitizer he stole.

I debated whether to talk to a store manager, and in the end didn't bother.

What normal person does this?

He looked like he hadn't showered in a while, and what's worse, he's raising children.

Has society deteriorated to the point that shoes and bathing are optional?

Tough to be optimistic about the path mankind is on when I see something like that.

Wonder what goes through a person's head when he decides to walk around a store in his socks. Probably safe to say, not much.

So I was in a grumpy, old man mood after that experience.

I'm not saying we need to go back to the time when men wore suits and women wore dresses to sit in the stands at baseball games, but a shower and shoes should be the standard.

At the beginning of each day we, as a society, should do this: wash and dress ourselves — including shoes.

That really shouldn't be optional.

When we are out in public, shoes and cleanliness aren't optional.

If you want to be dirty and without shoes at home, great. Just stay there.