Should Stores be Allowed to Impose Dress Codes on Shoppers? Let's Discuss

Should Stores be Allowed to Impose Dress Codes on Shoppers? Let's Discuss
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Should Stores be Allowed to Impose Dress Codes on Shoppers? Let's Discuss
Shoppers all over the world are being asked to cover up before they shop. (via FameFlynet Pictures)

One Hasidic Jewish-owned shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn—a neighborhood known for its unique clash of old-timer Orthodox Jews and 20-something hipsters—has a sign on its door dictating the following:

"No Shorts, No Barefoot, No Sleeveless, No Low Cut Neckline Allowed in the Store. Entry here in modest dress only."

The Hasidim's new rule has New Yorkers upset over the religious imposition the Orthodox shop-owners are placing on paying customers—many of whom feel they should be allowed to wear whatever they want.

But the Williamsburg Hasidim aren't the first to impose strict dress code rules.

This past May, a shopping mall in Dallas, Texas, outlawed any revealing clothing including visible underwear and vulgar or offensive graphics or language. Clothing, mall cops say, must "adequately cover the body."

In Britain, a Tesco supermarket banned pajamas, nightgowns, and slippers. That's right, no more early-morning just-rolled-out-of-bed tea and crumpet runs!

And earlier this month, a woman from the United Arab Emirates created the Twitter handle  @UAEDressCode, in an effort to draw attention to the millions of Western expats and foreigners flocking to the UAE's luxury shopping malls wearing short shorts and crop tops. The feed has garnered nearly 3,500 followers.

The consensus across these very different nations and states is: if you're in a public area where families convene, dress with respect—and cover up your shoulders and legs.

But do you think this is something that shop owners should be able to impose on their paying customers? Should store owners in America, and the rest of the world, be allowed to create strict dress codes? Let us know in the comments!

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