Barefoot baby booted from Burger King

Jenny Decker RN's picture

Have you ever paid close attention to the signs on the door of restaurants and grocery stores that say, “No shirt, No shoes, No service”? Well, apparently a manager at the Sunset Hills Burger King in Missouri takes it to the extreme. On Tuesday, August 4th, a young mother ordered at the Burger King. With her was her six month old baby. The baby did not have shoes on. Babies do not walk around, or get their feet dirty and grimy. The mother stated the baby’s feet were too small for shoes. The manager of the Burger King told the mother to either put shoes on her barefoot baby or leave.

With the continuous demand of the Burger King manager, the group the mother was with ate as fast as they could and then left. The manager continued to insist that the mother leave because she would not put shoes on the baby. The mother of the barefoot baby, having no shoes for the baby, pulled out some socks to try and comply. The manager then threatened to call the police if no shoes were put on the baby. The mother, clearly upset, put the message on facebook about her barefoot baby. She said she felt that others should know that she was asked to leave because her baby did not have shoes on. Barefoot babies were not welcome at Burger King.


The signs put on the doors of these businesses are for the safety of others. Dirty, grimy feet can be a health hazard in an eating atmosphere. However, was the law meant for barefoot babies, the smallest of us all? With the heat, most mothers leave their baby’s feet bare in order to keep them cooler. Shoes and socks can overheat babies. Six month old babies cannot even walk. Yet, apparently, babies may be asked to leave if they are barefoot, even though their feet are often the cleanest feet to enter a restaurant.

Unfortunately, the manager of the Burger King did not understand the law meant to provide protection for public health. Hopefully this was an unfortunate incident and mothers can bring their babies into restaurants and not have to worry about putting shoes on the baby’s feet. Hopefully barefoot babies will once again be welcome at Burger King!

Source: FOX News



"Unfortunately, the manager of the Burger King did not understand the law meant to provide protection for public health." There is NO law saying that customers must wear shoes. None. Like most of the public, you are misinformed. OSHA requires that employees should wear shoes, to protect their feet against injury, but the "no shoes, no shirts, no service" is just company policy in most places, not law. It started during the hippie era, to keep them out.
Where do you draw the line? We ate at a crowded Subway restaurant in rural Kansas en route to our twelve year old daughter's camp. One family sported a six year old barefoot boy who raced all over the place and his feet were filthy. This did not make me feel all warm and fuzzy about eating there. This is ignorance and lack of consideration for other people. Babies may not wear shoes yet but there are socks and booties
I live in urban Los Angeles and I've been going barefoot for about a year now. I do keep a pair of vibram fivefingers handy in the car for hot asphalt, and I wear special purpose shoes when riding my racing bicycle or my motorcycle. Other than that, my feet are bare almost all of the time. My one-year old daughter will wear shoes on special occasions and for special purposes, but I refuse to subject her to bunions, corns, bone spurs, fallen arches or any of the other risks posed by habitual shoe wearing. Shoes have a place and a time, but most of the time, feet are driest, safest, and healthiest when kept bare.
Moreeka, you have a point about feeling warm and fuzzy when eating in Subway. Once I took my family there, we ordered the sandwiches and the guy started to sweep the floor. The dust went all over. Since then I am not eating in Subway, but only taking the sandwich home. This has nothing to do about the fast food at Suwbay, but just the lack of consideration of the employee.
'You are misinformed' is correct; there are NO health laws requiring footwear for customers in the US, regardless of whether it's a store, restaurant or any other business. For those interested in proof, there are letters from the states Health Departments at Unfortunately, this myth is very widespread and many stores carry signs saying 'shoes required by the HD' -and many people never have any reason to believe the signs are wrong, thus believing there are health reasons for footwear, and when they work for a store or restaurant they post a sign because they think they must, etc, etc.... however, fact is, going barefoot is no health threat. I've been barefoot for over 13 years, not wearing any kind of footwear, and not only have I been much healthier myself (called in sick once for two days, while I used to be fighting colds from early fall until late spring, used to be home sick a few times a year) but I've also looked into a lot of research on the matter. Our skin is made to keep pathogens out; we're at far greater risk of picking up something through our hands than through our feet. And germs do not jump off the skin of a bare foot any more than off the sole of a shoe, or off the bare skin showing in a sandal or flipflop. Nor is injury near as serious a risk as people who are habitually shod believe it to be; I walk everywhere (and living in Europe and not owning a car, do a lot more walking than most people in the US), I get a tiny splinter at most once a year, I've never cut my foot. I can't say the same of my hands, yet no one suggests wearing gloves all day every day... High heels are all in fashion again this summer on this side of the pond, and I've seen several people trip or slip -yet heels are welcome in pretty much every 'no bare feet' establishment in the US. As for people who don't like the sight of (dirty) bare feet; this is no reason to single out bare feet. I see people in very dirty sneakers regularly, and when I worked in a horse barn in the Midwest (before I went barefoot) we'd stop and eat at roadside restaurants in our work boots, which we'd wipe but certainly weren't shiny clean! Not a reason for a ban against bare feet, again, the dirt from the bare feet won't jump up onto your food any more than the dirt from our boots did, but if you are concerned you'd do better to post a sign against dirt rather than to ban the bare feet and have the youth in the gross sneakers on the table to the right and the ranchers in their boots to your left. In short; rules made up against bare feet are based on miss-information and often arbitrary too. I hope people who believe bare feet are or should be against the law will look up the link with the HD letters and perhaps look around at the rest of the site; especially people posting on a health-theme site should not get their health education from the signs posted on store windows!
First of all, there are no laws prohibiting customers from entering any establishement in bare feet in the U.S., as Myranya already pointed out. It is a myth that has been perpetuated by people who are prejudiced against bare feet, and they have been very succesful at it. Secondly, the anti-barefoot sentiment among many people is ridiculous. This incident is a perfect example of the irrational phobia people have against bare feet in our society. It is one thing for people not to like going barefoot because they think its gross, but it makes no sense for anyone to be bothered by someone else going barefoot, since it's not their feet getting dirty! For those of you that think going barefoot is gross, have you ever thought how much grosser it is to go barehanded in public?? It is a known fact that there are microscopic pieces of feces in the things we touch, such as door knobs, counter tops, money, etc., not to mention diseases such as H1N1 and others. None of these things normally get on the floor. Yet, how come people who think going barefoot is gross not wear any gloves when in public ?!?!?!?! What about when you shake other people's hand, or eat with your hands, and spread disease and who know what else, isn't that gross ?!?!?! (No, washing hands is not 100%). Isn't it obvious that going barehanded is much grosser, and more prone to spreading disease, than going barefoot ?!?!? We all go barehanded in public and yet we are still alive, aren't we? It is unbelievable that all the anti-barefooters of the world are always quick to say "eeew that's gross", but never say this about people going barehanded. And some people think that shoes are cleaner than bare feet, and that germs or dirt on bare feet can jump to people's food in a restaurant more easily than from filthy shoes!!! IRRATIONAL PHOBIA INDEED !!!! In closing, I have been going barefoot routinely for over 20 years, and have NEVER caught any disease through my feet or gotten seriously injured. This is proof enough that the probability of catching disease or getting injured is much, much less than most people want to believe. I'll never understand the irrational phobia some people have against bare feet.
God that's so lame. People shouldn't be expected to buy those useless overpriced baby shoes. Anyway babies shouldn't wear shoes. You know the Chinese foot binding thing? The SAME EXACT THING happens to most people in the US, only to a lesser extent, because of the shoes they wear when they're young. Policies like this actually threaten childrens health. Anyway, as for people who CAN walk, how are dirty bare feet ANY GROSSER than dirty shoes?? They're not. Shoes that are usually bare feel and smell just like hands. They're not sweaty and fungusy. The only grossness on them comes from the floor/ground.
Bare feet are generally cleaner than shoes, after all how often do you wash your shoes? Also barefooters tend to be more careful about what they step in, for obvious reasons.
Just sue them, isn't that part of the constitution? :)