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Poor Wardrobe Choices

So this morning when I flipped past the company's internal web page I noticed that there was a note about changes in security on campus, and access thereto.  I'm not located on the main campus, but once a year or so I need to go there.  I opened the article and further down there was a note that the third class of new security staff have graduated and will be starting.  We're in the process of changing from a hired security company to having it in-house.  So of course, our new security has new uniforms.  Care to venture a guess what the new uniforms look like?

Red shirts and black pants.  Security is wearing red shirts.

Seriously?  Someone thought this was a good idea?  Has no one in Facilities ever watched Star Trek?

At least we know who is going to take the hit if it all goes bad.



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Sep. 13th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
Oh. Dear.

Makes me think of Guy's lines in Galaxy Quest: "Didn't any of you actually watch the show?" as he pulls Gwen back from Certain Disaster, and more to the point "I'm expendable. I'm the guy in the episode who dies to prove how serious the situation is!"

As long as they don't decide the rest of you need uniforms too. Or if they do, pray they're blue.

Sep. 13th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)

There's a reason I'm going to be wearing a red tunic and black hose at Crown this Fall. Needless to say baronernst is to blame for it.
Sep. 13th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
:: Headdesk ::
AAAAAHAHAHAHA!!! I'm laughing enough that now I have to go explain myself to Cubicle City!
Sep. 13th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
Re: :: Headdesk ::
Feh. Most people have already left....and the two remaining co-workers looked at me blankly until I explained it.
Sep. 13th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
I don't really get it, and I HAVE watched Star Trek. I just think red is a bad idea because it makes the wearer a visual draw, above and beyond everyone else, which seems kind of dumb in some ways. Anybody looking to do something naughty will have an easy time of spotting the guys they need to avoid.
Sep. 13th, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
If you go back to the original series, there was a fairly standard formula: Kirk and Spock would beam down to the planet with some number of members of security - who wore red shirts. Invariably, they were the only ones who made it out alive. The red shirts were expendable - and were always the first casualties.

I believe in subsequent series, red was for the bridge crew. But to lots of us, "red shirt" equals "expendable cannon fodder."
Sep. 13th, 2010 10:59 pm (UTC)
I see. I'm more of a TNG girl than an 'original'. Tasha and Worf were both security and it was Tasha (in gold, rather than Worf in red) who was killed off.

I can't quite tell what red is for in other series. Ensigns often wear red, and the captain and first officer wear red, but the security chief wears gold and so does the chief engineer, and they are bridge crew too, really. So I can't figure what the code is. Possibly those two aren't considered bridge crew above their section. It's true that you don't often see red anywhere but on the bridge, though the second officer is in gold, so...well, it's just confusing.
Sep. 13th, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
We used to watch a LOT of TNG. And DS9, and Voyager. Then I said "enough Star Trek." Four times a week was more than I could take. :-) I never really cracked the color code, but I have to admit that I didn't try very hard.

But the red shirt joke comes out of the original.
Sep. 13th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
The original irritated me too much to sit through whole episodes, so I've only seen a couple in total. I have seen most or maybe even all of the movies, though. :)

I just think red shirts are a bad idea because of the reason in my first comment, though. Why alert naughty-knickers (my mother's word) to the exact location of the people they want to stay out of the way of?
Sep. 13th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
"Naughty-knickers?" I love it!

My dad pointed out to me once that red is the color that the eye is the least sensitive to, so there may be some validity to it. Also, in general I suppose you want security to be easily visible to the people they're securing?

The original irritates me too, but I've probably seen all of them over the years (there weren't that many, after all.) I've missed most of the movies, although we did see the most recent one with the reset.
Sep. 14th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
When I was little (and sometimes still) my verson was 'naughty ninkers'. I suppose 'naughty-knickers' is in the same category of descriptions like 'bossy-boots' or 'saucy-pants', which for some reason attach a personality trait to an article of clothing.
Sep. 14th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
My dad called me "schnicklefritz." I gather it's german for an ill-mannered or mischievous child - with affection. We only just looked it up on the internet - he called me that because his grandfather called him that.
Sep. 14th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
I've heard schnickelfritz, actually :) For some reason I thought it was Jewish :)
Sep. 14th, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
Could be. My great-grandfather left Europe before WWI, so that's well within the realm of possibility.

Now of course, we're calling Charlotte that. :-)
Sep. 13th, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
It's a little confused as far as rand yellow, but science is always blue and they seem to be safe.
Sep. 13th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
Or, maybe someone did watch Star Trek, and did it deliberately... *hee!*
Sep. 13th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
Could be. We're certainly all getting a giggle out of it.
Sep. 14th, 2010 11:15 am (UTC)
Well it's nice to know who they consider expendable.
Sep. 14th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
Yes - it's always helpful to know where to stand.
Sep. 14th, 2010 01:20 pm (UTC)
I think someone in Facilities watches Star Trek on a regular basis, actually.... :)
Sep. 14th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Quite possibly. I have to wonder if there has been any comment on it in any of the classes. I actually know one of them from the mailroom - I should ask her.
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