Ridiculous work/school rules
  • PurpleFlowersPurpleFlowers
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    Do you have any ridiculous rules where you work or go to school? At my work we cant wear print socks. Wtf? Why? Did someone get offended by argyle? We also have to use black garbage bags (not white) in areas where patients are. I have no idea how or why these rules came about but I find them just weird.
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  • FreeToBeMee
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    Its not a rule per se but we dont acknowledge Columbus day even though its a federal holiday. Its a bummer to come into the office but since everyone else is off, its not like we work. We swapped it to make the day after thanksgiving a paid holiday.
  • momofdbbmomofdbb
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    At the kids old school we had to sign our kids in as being tardy when we got there at 8 o'clock. Like walk in the door on the dot , well your late ! I asked them why because. Well school starts at 8 , they are there at 8 chill out people. I signed them in one time and put under reason the child is late , they weren't late we were on time but this get there before 8 rule is stupid. The lady ( bitch) scratched it out an said she would signe them in for me ! Ah hell no ! I signed them in again and wrote the same basic thing in , not late stupid rule. She SCRATCHED IT OUT AGAIN. I'm like I got all day , I am outing down what the hell I want to ! They escorted me out of the school and yelled that I should bring my kids earlier and they could take me to court over being late ! I yelled back so you are going to take me to court over one freaking min ! And they said , " yes , yes we will " ! Fine try it !!! We didn't really have any more issues after that. She gave me the evil eye for the rest of the year though.
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  • onetimeonetime
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    I find tattoo covering rules ridiculous, and the people who make it so even more. Get over your judgmental self.

    The work rule I hate, we have a "point system " where you get a point for being late or leaving early, and two for calling off. Too many points, lose your job. Mostly, I'm OK with this system, except that if you get pissed and walk out on a shift, its just one point. That is dumb, you should lose your job for that!
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  • cheesehead4ever
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    I went to a Catholic grade school where from sixth to eighth grade the girls were required to wear navy blue sweater vests with the uniform skirts instead of the jumpers for the younger grades. Except we weren't allowed to take off the vests unless the temp hit 70 degrees. Lets just say that sweater vests and upper 60's do not mix. Personally I just think they didn't want our bra straps showing through our white shirts.
    Fortunately two years after I graduated from there they changed the uniforms and all of the upper grades wore school polos and sweatshirts with navy pants or navy shorts.
  • gramalibbygramalibby
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    My hubby just changed jobs , he worked in an independent grocery , they were told to wear jeans , sneakers and white shirts only and a tie
  • FoulMouthedSailorFoulMouthedSailor
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    They changed the rules for tattoos in the last three years a couple times, we are no longer allowed to have sleeves, or any tattoo visible if you're wearing short sleeves. Then this year, they made it to so cant roll our sleeves up, so people in California, Hawaii, Japan, and the really hot bases are going to be miserable. I don't see why they did it, we use to be able to roll them aslong as they were three inches wide, symmetrical, and didnt look like a bag of ass. I hate how we have to have two people  to enter the secure storage rooms, theres 12 cameras, a biometric scanner and CAC card scanner
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  • BunnyBunny
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    Do you have any ridiculous rules where you work or go to school? At my work we cant wear print socks. Wtf? Why? Did someone get offended by argyle? We also have to use black garbage bags (not white) in areas where patients are. I have no idea how or why these rules came about but I find them just weird.




    You said patients so i'm guessing some type of medical office? dentist, dr ect? Could the black garbage bags be so that if something with blood like a tissue ect gets tossed in it it doesn't show up on the sides of the white bag, black would hide it better?
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  • KiinuKiinu
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    I wasn't allowed to dye my hair "an unnatural color" this included the 'regular' dyes made by L'Oreal, y'know. The feria line? the ones that had the color boost and could make hair magenta and firey red. This only bothered me, because I worked with food, so I had to have my hair tied up in a way that kept it all above my shoulers (no braids or ponytails, buns) and I wore a HAT. Who the hell was going to see my hair? honestly? It's in a bun, under a hat, how is this going to bother you?

    Also, it wasn't a company wide rule, just a few stores. they claimed it had to do with the "demographic area" my store was in and that if I was in a store in another area lots of the employees would have colored hair and piercings. I'm sorry, we live in a tiny town, where everyone has at least one tattoo and 75% of the town smokes or deal drugs as a career, I grew up here, I was an active member of the church in HS, I was in CHURCH PRODUCTIONS with colored hair. this town DOES NOT CARE what we look like, just the manager of my specific store had an issue. (He wasn't from around here.)
  • Mommyof5
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    Where I worked you weren't allowed to sit down except for once on your 30 minute lunch in a 12 hour shift. Even if the store was empty you absolutely could not go to the back to sit for even a minute. Only sitting you could do was on the toilet. Even that had a time limit.
  • GritsGrits
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    @onetime, we had a horrible points system when I worked at Amazon. Even with a doctor's note you still got half a point. A whole point if you left early, no matter how close to quitting time. And you were only allowed 6 points in 90 days. They did roll over, but they were hard to track because they didn't all roll on the same day. Ridiculous. The same place gave 15 minute breaks with 5 minute walk time from your position to the break room. So, 5 minutes to sit down and whatever before you go back to your 10-12 hour shift. It sucked balls.

    I have zero rules here. But I work alone, so as long as I'm here doing my job, no one cares how I look.
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  • Marionettevie
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    in hs we werent allowed to wear tube tops, and our shirts straps had to fit 3 fingers inside them. our shorts had to hit a certain part of our leg. the ONE time i wore a tubetop, i had a very fitted t shirt under it. and i got in trouble and had to change.... although my shoulders were covered... i could have taken the damn tube top off and had on just the t shirt, and no one would have said anything..... i also got in trouble once because of the straps on a shirt i had on. i wear a size 5 on my ring finger, so you know how skinny my fingers are. the fat bitch that got me said it wasnt thick enough. because HER fatass fingers didnt fit inside my strap... but i went to the office and showed them all that MY fingers fit, and they let me go. the following week they changed the rule to 3 INCHES instead of 3 fingers because apparently all the skinny fingered girls like me were getting away with wearing thinner straps.  i also got in trouble for some black shorts i own... they are the longest shorts i have, they are cute, but i am also 5'8"...the same shorts on my cousin who is 5'2" would look completely different on her short ass legs.  i ended up in "in school suspension' for it. and the teacher that was in charge of that was looking at me for like ten minutes before he asked 'what did you do?" i told him my shorts were "too short" and he looked at me and said "THOSE ARE TOO SHORT? HA, thats not short at all compared to what i have seen" i was like EXACTLY! and he told me i could leave early...lol
  • peach27
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    When I worked at Applebees I got in trouble for saying "I'm pissed." Really, you should hear what comes out of my mouth at home. I love my new job because I can swear as much as I want as long as customers can't hear me. Also they don't care about tattoos as long as they are in good taste. I can wear whatever skirts or pants that I want as long as I wear their tshirt. I could color my hair pink and they wouldn't care. After spending most of my life in schools and jobs that made me wear a strict uniform, I feel so free. Stupid rules are a way to make people submissive and after a while you begin to lose yourself. 

    I am not at all saying that all rules are bad. Fighting at work is unacceptable and so is stealing (among other things). I'm a stern person who holds people to a high level, but I also know not to sweat the small things. 
  • OxiMOMOxiMOM
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    I worked for a vet and any time you had down time you were required to grab a scrub brush and scrub floors/ base boards/ sinks/ like any down time other then a 30 min lunch no other breaks. No laughing in the back or chatting other then work related talk. Oh and he opened no matter what blizzard open no power he had a generator open. We could be totally dead not a single appointment all day and you still had to come in and scrub the place down. Granted it was a very very clean vets office but it was insane. Days he was off the other vets would let us do whatever we loved those days. We lived for his 2x a year 2 week long family vacations.
  • GrainneGrainne
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    When I was working as CPS up north the judges had a rule that women social workers had to wear skirts or dresses to court even when it was minus 35! Which was often in winter. It pissed me of so much that under my skirts I wore long johns and winter boots totally showing!
  • AAA08
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    @grainne, I like you. :) What a sexist rule.
  • PurpleFlowersPurpleFlowers
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    @bunny, no, I work for an optometrist. No blood and guts. Lol. I also cant have visible tattoos or color my hair an unusual color like pink or purple.
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  • KrabbyKay
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    I can't do any number of things, which cracks me the fuck up because I am NOT attached to the hospital, I'm at the motherfucking airport, IN my own office, which is SUPPOSED to be a sterile communication center, so WHO THE ACTUAL FUCK would know if I was sitting there in the altogether??!?!?! 
    But besides all that, I can't wear heels. Just me. Everyone else in my general area does. But not me. Because I'm 5'10" and my superior is like a 5 foot male. Complex, anyone? And can you tell this bugs the everliving hell out of me????
  • crazybroad
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    my kids school frown on tank tops and shorts. i get that you shouldnt send you kids to school in booty shorts and a tube top but good god its hot as hell here in AZ.
  • Quietmom
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    Not only can we not sleep on lunch break but we cannot put our heads down or "give the perception that you are resting at any point." Yes I remember the quote because my coworker and I go written up for talking to each other with our heads down IN THE BREAKROOM.
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  • LiquidPeppermintLiquidPeppermint
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    This is crazy stuff.  Pretty much my only work rule is: Do the stuff your bosses tell you to do.  Unfortunately, my primary "boss" is my husband.  I just do filing, computer program maintenance, and general gopher duties for him and his boss.  When I do have to go to the office (only for filing because all the computer stuff I can do via VPN), I can take my daughter. 

    I used to work for a call center, and they had the points system like Amazon.  I was always early and had like -8 points ALL the time (you got fired if you got nine points in six months or something like that).  I couldn't STAND that place.  It was EXACTLY like the movie Office Space.  But I made it easier on myself by volunteering to work evenings and weekends (which were off-peak, but NO ONE wanted to work). 
  • MarySunshineMarySunshine
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    @foulmouthedsailor Bwhahahahahahah CAC cards! Do you get hold anyone else's CACs?


    I worked at a Goddard school, which a franchised daycare center. Every owner is different. I worked at one that was owned by a neurotic control freak (and I'm not being redundant, she was that bad.) Our uniforms were white shirts with a red and blue embroidered Goddard insignia and khaki pants. She was so anal retentive she dictated what color shoes we could wear. I know a lot of plAces do that, but I'm sure they supply them to you. If we didn't already have the approved colored shoes we had to go out and buy them. At that time our budget was pretty much choosing whether to buy for groceries that week or pay a utility bill. She was the same way with shirts layered under your crappy dollar store shirt. Had to be red or blue, again something I could not afford.

    I heard she was starting in on socks after I left. I'm sure hair accessories were going to be next.
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  • FoulMouthedSailorFoulMouthedSailor
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    You show the lights that stop me turn to stone, You shine it when I'm alone. And so I tell myself that I'll be strong
    And dreaming when they're gone.
  • MarySunshineMarySunshine
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    @foulmouthedsailor DH enjoyed that! CAC jokes abound where he works, even amongst the contractors. LOL

    Oh here's one from APG...if DH wanted to go for a walk (and gasp get some real exercise) even just around the perimeter of the buildings of his lab he has to wear a reflective vest.

    He just said that it's probably not a bad idea as a majority of the workers on his campus mostly brain dead anymore. LOL
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  • FoulMouthedSailorFoulMouthedSailor
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    @MarySunshine yeah, we have to wear "glow belts" any time we PT, run on the road, or walk on the roads on base before or after colors... They are fucking annoying as shit. If we load trucks or doing duty on the firing ranges we have we have to wear reflector vests.
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  • MarySunshineMarySunshine
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    @foulmouthedsailor They have to wear reflective vests when they ride onto and off the base on their motorcycles. And they have to pass the base's motorcycle test, too. I pretty sure that was the same for Fort Monmouth, too. DH would have loved to save gas and take his bike on nice days, but he wasn't into to it enough to wear the vest and the safety course/test.
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  • FoulMouthedSailorFoulMouthedSailor
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    @Marysunshine Yeah, for All bases that fall under the Department Of The Navy you have to take the Military Sport Bike Rider course, wear boots that come above the ankle, reflective vest and if you have a back pack that needs a glow belt on it, leather or approved safety gloves, helmets with a visor, and if the visor is up some type of glasses. Also if you wreck it, Tricare wont cover the health insurance.
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  • MarySunshineMarySunshine
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    @foulmouthedsailor. Waaaay more trouble than it's worth in DH's opinion, but he also doesn't have his bike anymore...and he's a civilian contractor off base.

    Though boots over the ankle are smart. I wore my Docs when we used to ride....no tail pipe burns for me!
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  • UnrestMomUnrestMom
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    We have rules based on gender. Women are required to dress business casual while the men just have to be covered in something. Men can have the swimsuit calendars/pics in their workspace but I was told I could not have a Tim McGraw wallpaper on my PC (his shirt was open and he wasn't wearing socks).

  • Marionettevie
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    @Marysunshine Yeah, for All bases that fall under the Department Of The Navy you have to take the Military Sport Bike Rider course, wear boots that come above the ankle, reflective vest and if you have a back pack that needs a glow belt on it, leather or approved safety gloves, helmets with a visor, and if the visor is up some type of glasses. Also if you wreck it, Tricare wont cover the health insurance.



    DAMN! one of dh's workers got his bicycle  impounded because his car broke down and he thought he would ride his bike to work,ON POST... without a reflective vest, and no helmet! and yes i am talking about BICYCLE, that you pedal..
  • MarySunshineMarySunshine
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    @marionettevie Yeah they're strict about everything...motorcycles or bicycles.
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  • Marionettevie
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    yeah i thought it was pretty funny lol!
  • irishlassirishlass
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    No tattoos pisses me off, unless you are working with kids and you have a naked lady showing.

    In school we weren't allowed earrings or piercings of any kind and no make up at all. Many days I stood and scrubbed my face with freezing cold bathroom tap water cause I came in wearing make up!
    They were so strict on uniform until we were in lower sixth form (about 16) and the teachers would sometimes make us kneel and they would measure how short our skirt was. It couldn't be more than an inch above the knee. Well gee, my skirt was much shorter than that, as we're the majority in our year! But when kneeling its possible to crouch a little and make your back straight. It's hard, but possible ;)
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  • canadamom
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    You can only wear blue jeans on Fridays.  The rest of the week you can wear jeans of any other color- black, purple, red white etc.  You can wear a jean skirt any day of the week.  

    You can wear baggy old sweat pants or indecently thin leggings any day of the week but not a nice pair of blue jeans.  Don't you think clean, non ripped jeans would look way more professional than yoga pants??

    Did I mention I work in a private lab that is not open to patients or the public, so other than the occaisional accreditation inspection, no public actually ever sees us. 
  • LadyKhanLadyKhan
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    Holy crapcakes. @Kiinu, I was forced to quit because of my "unnatural hair" which was also bound in a bun and kept under a hat at all times. Also not a company wide rule just my specific manager who circled her wagons with the DM.
  • PurpleFlowersPurpleFlowers
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    Oh yea, we cant have visible tattoos, we cant wear courdory pants or skirts, cant wear pants with "double stitching". We actually have a dress code "committee" that comes up with these ridiculous rules.
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  • katz_meowkatz_meow
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    @MarySunshine, on the shoes, companies don't generally supply them.

    Our company has a "no white shoes" rule. Mus be brown, black, grey, or another dark color, and they're supposed to be steel toe, but hardly anyone follows that.

    In restaurants that I've worked in, we had to have non-slip shoes, black, which I don't think is crazy, but again, not supplied to is.

    Weirdest rule I never heard:

    Postal service. We had a stand up meeting where we were all told "undergarments are not optional, they're mandatory" lmao. Pretty sure a specific person dubbed "the braless wonder" was the intended for that particular rule!
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  • BlessieBlessie
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    New job cracks me up. Must be khakis, but any cut or style, work polo (company issued) tucked in. Solid black or solid white tennis shoes (very specific that this does not include canvas shoes-aka Chucks). There are rules about SOCKS. One must wear sock, they must cover what you pants don't (no ankle length or no show sock). Tattoos are fine though. Lol No facial piercings and hair must be buisness casual (how is hair buisness casual?)
  • Marionettevie
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    Oh yea, we cant have visible tattoos, we cant wear courdory pants or skirts, cant wear pants with "double stitching". We actually have a dress code "committee" that comes up with these ridiculous rules.



    pants with double stitching? so most of the pants sold? and most of jeans, because one of the seams, usually the inside one, is double stitched with that yellow thread...wtf! and who the fuck is looking at you that closely that they can see its double stitched?!
  • PurpleFlowersPurpleFlowers
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    Thats my point exactly @Marionettevie. Fucking stupid if you ask me. I can see some rules like not having your tits hanging out or wearing skirts shorter than your pubes, but come on! No double stitching!?!
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  • katz_meowkatz_meow
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    Lol @PPurpeFlowers, skirts shorter than your pubes!
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  • cheesehead4ever
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    Found out about a rule I didn't know about today at work. I work in a school kitchen. In between waiting for students to check out ( but not enough time to step away and do some other duty) I was checking my work email account. We get emails to let us know what is going on in school. My boss noticed. Apparently we are not allowed to check our work email at work. I am assuming we have to log in at home during our off time to read our work related emails!
  • WickedDunkieJunkieWickedDunkieJunkie
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    Apparently we are not allowed to check our work email at work. I am assuming we have to log in at home during our off time to read our work related emails!



    @cheesehead4ever
    Sooooo I guess in your area, making employees work off the clock *isn't* considered illegal?


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  • cheesehead4ever
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    Apparently we are not allowed to check our work email at work. I am assuming we have to log in at home during our off time to read our work related emails!



    @cheesehead4ever
    Sooooo I guess in your area, making employees work off the clock *isn't* considered illegal?





    I am guessing that my boss doesn't consider checking our email essential to our job.
  • warriormommy3warriormommy3
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    at the pharmacy i work out there can be no clutter on the counter.. like we have a basket for stock pill bottles that are empty so we can trash them there while we count but corporate made us take it down because it caused "clutter' they also did that with our clock... wtf