I'm at a site at the moment where I have a number of tradies doing some work for me. The site manager turned up today and booted a few of them off - they were contravening the "no shorts" rule, which was news to me. I'd never heard of it.
I found out later why this site has a no shorts rule. It's nothing to do with safety.
A few years ago, a tradie was up a ladder fixing something. As a woman walked by, she looked up and noticed his tackle was hanging out. It was not a good day to be free-balling at the office. She kicked up such an almighty stink, all tradies were banned from wearing shorts from that time on.
I guess it is easier to ban shorts as an official policy than having a document that states "free-balling, going commando and letting the lizard loose are not allowed on these premises". I'll have to ask tomorrow whether it is ok to free-ball if you're wearing pants. And if kilts are permitted.
The ridiculous thing is that we are working 2 floors underground, and in the year or so that I have been visiting this site, I have never, ever seen a woman anywhere near our work site. They never venture down our way. The entire site also appears to be at least 90% male. So men who work in hot conditions are forced to be uncomfortable because there is a 1 in a million chance that a woman might descend into our work area, and a further 1 in a million chance that a tradie will be up a ladder at that time. But I reckon there is a 1 in 5 chance some bastard will be going commando at any given time.
Obama has more chance of finding an honest Democrat to serve in his administration than a woman has of seeing a one eyed trouser snake on our site.
I think it's a terribly discriminatory rule. Would Sharon Stone be banned from visiting as well? I bet they'd welcome her with open arms (and legs?), making this a decidedly oddball rule.