No More Uniforms
I've been wearing a uniform to work since 1985 when I joined the Army up until yesterday; my last day as a Corrections Officer. That's 31 years all together.
I guess technically I didn't have to wear a "uniform" at the Chrysler dealership where I was the "Transmission Guy" for a couple of years but did have to wear a blue cotton shirt with "Eric" stitched in script on the front of it so personally I think that counts as a uniform.
Got a recent promotion from CO to Case Manager and get to wear my own clothes from now on instead of polyester pants and shirt, a duty belt and boots. No more handcuffs, no more pepper spray, no more latex gloves.
Only bad part is that I usually dress like a slob and hadn't bought any new clothes in the last 10 years or so (besides new jeans and underwear from the farm store from time to time) so had to go drop coin on new clothes for the job.
Nothing but cargo pants, polo shirts and tennis shoes for me from now on. Jeans every Friday with a $1 donation to the Personnel Club.......
I now get weekends and holidays off along with a raise, but the biggest bonus for me is not having to wear a damned uniform and not having to carry around all that crap with me anymore. 14 years was enough.
Up until now, when I've gotten new uniforms they've just told me to cut the patches off the old ones and throw them in the trash. For some reason, I've always just kept them.
If they tell me to do the same thing with the 3 Lawn And Leaf Bags full of old uniforms I currently have, I'm going to douse them with kerosene and have a ceremonial burning out in the pasture next weekend.........