Author – Jman
This happened during finals week in college. My girlfriend and I were studying in the student union in one of the rooms and we had taken off our shoes, After a while we decided to take a study break and go to the snack bar. I asked my girlfriend if we should go in shoes or in socks. “In socks” she emphatically said. So we went to the snack bar in our socks and left our shoes where we were studying. It was not unusual for people to walk around the student union in socked feet. I had done it before and my shoes were always there when I got back.
After a while we came back to the room where we were studying. As we were walking back to the room we saw, in the distance, someone putting our shoes into a garbage bag.
We then went to the managers office to report our stolen shoes. We were told that our shoes were not stolen but had been removed by the cleaning crew. We were told that the cleaning crew does a shoe sweep and they have to remove any shoes left on the floor so they could vacuum the floor. They also remove shoes left in areas where someone could trip over them. He then told us that shoes often get swept away during exam week because people are in the building later and the hour when it is cleaned.
We asked if there was a way that we could get our shoes back and we were told that we could not get them back as they had probably been placed in the trash.