Woman outraged after claiming Woolworths staff told her husband he couldn’t shop in the store wearing his thongs.

The NSW mum of two claims when her husband went to grab a pavlova from their local store he was told he couldn’t enter because he was wearing thongs and they have introduced a new OH&S policy.

She quickly contacted Woolworths head office for confirmation of this ‘new policy’ as staff wouldn’t allow her husband to speak to a manager at the time. She is still waiting for an official response.

She turned to members of a Facebook group with 80,000+ users to ask if anyone else had heard of Woolworths not allowing customers to shop in thongs because of a new OH&S policy introduced.

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Of course there were outcry’s of disgust!

People were claiming it was totally Un-Australian and they would certainly not be entering Woolworths ever again if it was true.

Comments include:

“This is Australia ffs. We live in thongs all year around.”

“Errr they may as well ban Aussies from shopping there then.”

“I would riot. Lol actually lol. It’s all.I.wear.”

“Well I’m truly fucked then. I don’t wear anything but thongs! Good luck policing that in qld. It’s like the state uniform!”

“I shop barefoot alot of the time, and thongs most of the rest of the time… wattttttttt????”

“That would be unaustralian.”

“Well no more Woolworths shopping for me!”

While others suggested maybe hubby just didn’t want to get into trouble for forgetting to pick up a pav?

“They’d lose most of their customers in Brisbane!! I think your hubby may be pulling a number or the girl was having a bad day.”

“Are you sure he didn’t forget to grab the pavlova and told a porky? I’d throw Woolies under the bus if it meant escaping the blame for not bringing home the pavlova.”

“Hmmm check your husbands nose to see if has grown.”

“Plot twist: he went to the shop and forgot the pavlova and instead of admitting to you he fucked up and forgot – he came up with this lie.”

Woolworths staff even shared their thoughts:

“I work at Woolworths and have never been informed of that policy, I’d say it’s not true we have people walking in with no shoes on sometimes haha”

“Hahaha no. I work at Woolworths I even walk in with thongs on before I start work.”

Woolworths response

We reached out and Woolworths did respond to our enquiry saying, “Thanks for contacting us regarding our OH&S policies. Customers can wear thongs in our stores and we’ve advised this customer of this.”

We are unsure why there was a misunderstanding over the matter but they guarantee us that there is certainly no problem with this foot wear at all.

They also advised us that the issue is currently being investigated further as the Store Manager has advised that this is not a store policy.

Thank goodness for that!

Share your comments below

  • Well… It’s credible, though unlikely to be practical.


  • That is just outrageous, but glad to see Woolworths has provided confirmation.


  • I would never be allowed to go shopping if that was the case. In summer I live in my thongs and when shopping that’s usually the footwear I have on. I’ve seen several bare footed bandits in the shops so I can’t imagine them not letting someone in thongs in


  • What???? I’m sure this couldn’t be true. Is this in some extremely affluent suburb or something.


  • So, I’m unsure now of what is fact and fiction. Did hubby tell a fib? Silly if he did, and most women would react and contact the store. Or, did someone at Woolworths tell a fib?? Not sure.

    • Definitely sounds like someone isn’t being upfront.


  • What a strange thing to happen – I shop in thongs just about all summer.


  • That’s weird. Never heard anything like it. Kind of makes me wonder if the husband lied.


  • Maybe the staff member told him he couldn’t come in wearing thongs because the floor was wet and he may fall over?


  • If the thongs had smooth soles they might be easy to fall over in if the floor was damp at all, even humid weather can make things damp. I was told it was dangerous to drive wearing thongs as your feet can so easily slide off the pedals. Let’s face it the soles of shoes can be just as smooth.


  • Hahaha. How funny is the husband for making up this lie and her taking it this far. Hahahaha.


  • Hmm, it is Australia so wearing thongs is a high probability here. I think it’s reasonable to say no bare feet though.


  • What about bikinis in stores? or no shirts and bare feet?, I live at a beach town and have seen visitors walk in with nothing hardly on. Not very hygienic.


  • Haha, hubby got busted with a lie because he either couldn’t be bothered or he just forgot.


  • I haven’t heard of anything so ridiculous!!! I don’t think that any Woolworths staff would say this. People walk in barefoot and they don’t say anything!


  • I live in thongs (would be barefoot year round if I didn’t get dirty looks ????) to be told I couldn’t enter a store in thongs is absolutely ridiculous. A fancy restaurant I completely understand but if I was told I couldn’t shop at woollies or anywhere for that matter in thongs there is no way I would go back. Seems a pretty big stretch if he was fibbing to get out of buying a pav but if he was it’s a pretty good fib ????


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