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Dressing Down - Howard Tayler
Ramblings of a Happy Cartoonist
Dressing Down
I wore a t-shirt in public today, and threw a "Halo ODST" cap on my dome to complete the grungy ensemble. My usual crisp, professional look stayed in the closet.

I think this is the first time I've been this grubby while shopping in around two years.

It's also the first time a checker has asked not just to compare the signature on my card, but also checked TWO photo IDs (one on my Sam's Club card, one on my Driver's License) to confirm my right to pay with Howard V. Tayler's Discover card.

The moral of the story?

Dress nicely if you want to get away with stealing other people's credit cards.  
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goodluckfox From: goodluckfox Date: January 28th, 2011 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)
It's amazing the respect you get when you wear a coat and tie. The person you're dealing with never knows if you "Are Somebody."
seawasp From: seawasp Date: January 28th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Funny,I've never had anyone do any of that to me regardless of what I wore. I haven't worn a tie in... six years? Maybe five? I don't wear them even to military presentations; they just make me feel like I'm strangling.
howardtayler From: howardtayler Date: January 28th, 2011 06:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't wear a suit and tie. Just crisp clothing. The difference between those and the grubbies is still significant.
paul_the_nerd From: paul_the_nerd Date: January 28th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've had a pretty significant difference to the response I get from servers at restaurants between "t-shirt, pants, and sandals" and "collared casual shirt tucked into nice pants with belt and shoes", usually because they suspect I'll be able to afford tipping better. There's also a noticeable correlation between whether I'm near a college where where people are used to getting stiffed by poor college students and not.

But I've never been questioned at the grocery store for ID, and I'm almost always "extra casual" for that. Which is possibly fortunate, the photo in my ID is now 10 years old, and being relatively young I look pretty different. The guys at the airport always take a little time squinting before they make up their mind about me.
vakkotaur From: vakkotaur Date: January 28th, 2011 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I recall my father asking a set of questions on this order. "Two people go into a bank for a loan. One is dressed in a suit & tie and is well-groomed, perfectly clean. The other is in overalls, and has grease under his fingernails. Which one is more likely to get a loan?" And then, after a pause, but before an answer could be stated, "Now, which one do you know does some work?"

Edited at 2011-01-28 03:12 am (UTC)
klingonguy From: klingonguy Date: January 28th, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dress nicely if you want to get away with stealing other people's credit cards.

Words to live by.
uplinktruck From: uplinktruck Date: January 28th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
First secret to a good con: Look the part.
ccdesan From: ccdesan Date: January 28th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sartorial Prejudice!
dwgism From: dwgism Date: January 29th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC) (Link)
>> Dress nicely if you want to get away with stealing other people's credit cards. <<

I think there's a Maxim in there somewhere ;)
ralphmerridew From: ralphmerridew Date: January 30th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I remember reading about a guy who tried to see what it would take to get his signature rejected. It took a while.
kazriko From: kazriko Date: February 1st, 2011 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I've heard that to get it rejected, you basically have to draw it out very slowly as if you're trying to copy someone else's signature. If you scribble quickly it'll look natural even if it's a bit off the base.
ralphmerridew From: ralphmerridew Date: February 1st, 2011 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)
the_dark_snack From: the_dark_snack Date: February 28th, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy Birthday!
From: ligijade Date: April 11th, 2011 08:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Plain and simple! I like your work!

From: fimaroot Date: April 15th, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm for some reason only half the post can be seen. I tried reloading but still same.

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