India Bermuda shorts ban: ‘They shouldn’t be dressed up as if they are going for a picnic’
The island’s iconic summer legwear has made headlines in India after a man was told off by a pensions office employee for wearing shorts.
Bermuda shorts or “half pants” are banned at the state government bureau in Kuber Bhavan, Vadodara, in the state of Gujurat, it was reported.
The Times of India said that the rule came to light when Tushar Teredesai, an IT professional, went to the Pension Payment Office to discuss problems with his father’s monthly payment.
He told the newspaper: “When I was inquiring about the issue, one of the employees walked up to me and said that wearing shorts in the office wasn’t allowed.
“At first, I thought he was joking so I just gave a casual smile.
“But the employee kept insisting that inappropriate dressing isn’t allowed in their office.”
Mr Teredesai added that the worker repeated the policy and pointed out a notice at the entry gate.
It said: “Pensioners and visitors are hereby informed that they shouldn’t enter the office wearing Bermuda or half pants.”
The article added that a pension payment office employee said: “This signboard was placed several months ago to ensure that people don’t walk in wearing shorts.
“The younger generation won’t mind it, but there are elderly persons working in the office and they won’t like people walking in wearing shorts.
“The visitors or pensioners come to this office for some work.
“They shouldn’t be dressed up as if they are going for a picnic.”