Correction: This story was updated to say that the woman in the photo is not Nicola Gavins, but she posted the photo and message. The Epoch Times regrets this error.
A waitress’s feet have made tens of thousands of people cringe.
A woman who works at Joey Restaurants in Edmonton, Canada, posted a photo of her friend’s feet.
“Their policy is still that female staff wear heels unless medically restricted, my friends feet were bleeding to the point she lost a toe nail and she was still discouraged and berated by the shift manager for changing into flats (specifically told that heels would be required on her next shift the following day),” wrote Nicola Gavins on behalf of the woman, referring to Joey’s policy.
She added: “In addition, the female staff have to purchase a uniform/dress at the cost of $30 while male staff can dress themselves in black clothing from their own closets (and are not required to wear heels).”
The policy, she continued, is “sexist,” “archaic,” and “totally disgusting.” She added: “I have many friends in the service industry and know loads of ladies who still earn great tips without having to sacrifice their comfort while serving. I’ll choose to continue supporting those establishments.”
She also posted a staff training manual, which said female employees have to wear a minimum one inch or maximum three inch heel, the Metro reported.
Thousands of people then started to share her post, and they went onto Joey’s Facebook page, reposting Gavins’ message.
“You should let women wear flats. For someone on their feet hours at a time, being forced to wear heels is not an establishment I’d want to work for or support by giving you my business,” one person wrote.
According to ATTN, due to the criticism, Joey Restaurants was forced to issue a statement, refuting the claims in the viral Facebook post:
“We were upset to see this post and reached out to connect with the employee right away. After speaking with her, we followed up with our management team and employees to ensure everyone has the correct information and training materials around our policies and guidelines.
“Our current shoe guidelines require both male and female employees to wear a black dress shoe that is non-slip with a thick sole for safety reasons. Under this guide, they choose what is comfortable for them.
“There is no minimum height when it comes to our shoe policy. Shoes range from black dress flats, wedges and heels. For those employees wearing heels, we require the heel height to be no higher than 2.5.”