Many supermarkets, department stores and restaurants have signs requiring that patrons must be wearing shoes and shirts. This is most often justified in the name of health and safety concerns. Nonetheless, this could backfire insofar as it may invite test cases of "customers" complying with the stated criteria on the signs but dressing offensively in some other way--men dressed in long skirts, women in skin-tight pants and long-sleeved tops, nasty t-shirt slogans,etc. The code will have to become more explicit, and, if it is not to be pointless or self-defeating, require rigorous but subjective enforcement that will raise legal issues that go way beyond what the ultra-orthodox may be anticipating.
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