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mwalle
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mwalle,
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9/24/2014 | 9:14:37 AM
Cologne?!
Forgot about cologne and perfume.  I could probably handle an assault on the eyes with the clothing violations you've got, but an assault on the nose is something altogether different.
JonNLakeland
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JonNLakeland,
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9/24/2014 | 9:47:18 AM
hats
But....I *like* hats! :( Ball caps seem too casual for a work environment, but a nice fedora, or classy "hipster hat" seems moderately ok to me. Then again, maybe I'm who you're writing too...
KevinRCasey
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KevinRCasey,
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9/24/2014 | 10:01:59 AM
Re: Cologne?!
Good one, mwalle. I overlooked olfactory offenses, and such assualts on the nose are definitely real.
Stephane Parent
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9/24/2014 | 10:13:27 AM
Re: Cologne?!
It reminds me of a time when four of us shared a closed office. One of my colleagues took to eating garlic cloves after having some heart problems.

When we got the courage to tell him the garlic smell was too much, he decided to start splashing on cologne. The mixture of odours was putrid. Thankfully he switched to garlic extract pills and turned the dial down on the cologne.
Curt Franklin
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Curt Franklin,
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9/24/2014 | 10:13:56 AM
But what about...
OK, I get the "no Star Trek" rule. Even Piccard had to pull down his uniform blouse every time he got out of the command chair. But what if you really rock the bow-tied look of the 11th Doctor? That would be OK, wouldn't it? How about if you promised to leave the fez at home -- would that help?
ColinM446
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ColinM446,
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9/24/2014 | 10:18:49 AM
Costumes...
The only semi-exception I would make to this list is the point about costumes. Some firms do have Halloween office parties. If you are in a firm that does have a Halloween party then, on that day and that day alone wearing a Star* (or other Galactic) uniform MAY be acceptable. The other 364 days of the year costumes are off limits in any sort of professional office...
jastroff
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jastroff,
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9/24/2014 | 10:29:28 AM
Re: Cologne?!
Sounds like an episode from the TV program The Office. That's not a good sign :-)
D. Henschen
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D. Henschen,
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9/24/2014 | 10:47:14 AM
Re: Nudity on the show floor
I recall an occassion in the 1980s when one well-known contributor to a publication I used to work for came down to the exhibit-hall floor of a prominent industry trade show in his bath robe and slippers. Needless to say it caused a stir and security guards had him removed. Was it something about losing his room key? Not sure, but he should have used the house phone to call the front desk and wait upstairs. Needless to say we stopped using that guy as a contributor.
ChrisMurphy
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9/24/2014 | 11:12:12 AM
Re: hats
Don't give up your hat, @JonNLakeland -- wear it strong, don't listen to these doubters! 
KevinRCasey
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KevinRCasey,
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9/24/2014 | 11:18:41 AM
Re: Costumes...
Fair enough: Per ColinM446, we will hereby exempt corporate Halloween parties so that the revised statute shall read: "On that day and that day alone wearing a Star* (or other Galactic) uniform MAY be acceptable."

(Please note the MAY in Colin's language. This decision should not be made lightly.)
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