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Good Morning Britain viewers left scratching their heads over ‘weirdest segment ever’


The scorching heatwave has been sweeping the UK this week, with highs of 34 degrees forecast for London today (June 17). In line with the sweltering temperatures, Good Morning Britain hosted a debate about the appropriate dress code for an office in the summer months. Presenters Kate Garraway and Adil Ray interviewed guests about their thoughts.

Mike Parry, who works in media, was a guest on the TV show this morning and shared his disdain for flip-flops and shorts in the workplace. He discussed an incident in which a person came into the office wearing shorts and, according to Parry, he had to wash a chair the colleague sat on for fear of ‘skin flakes.’

GMB viewers were disgusted by the story but accused Parry of being over the top in his reaction. They took to social media to share their thoughts on the segment that put one woman off her breakfast.

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Mike Parry explained his views on a dress code in the workplace, stating: “You’ve got to have a sense of discipline in the workplace okay. As far as I’m concerned the code of dress has to be constant. Now I’m not saying that I’m going to impose the rules of suit and tie and shirt on anyone.

“I would say in this weather you can be casual. You can wear a casual shirt, you can wear chinos, you can wear moccasins or something like that. But I would say that anybody who turns up to my office, if I’m running an organisation, wearing shorts and flipflops – straight back out the door, dress appropriately, then we can do business. You can’t do it like that.”

He then went on to describe his thoughts on shorts. He said: “I did send somebody home once when they turned up in shorts because they didn’t ask me whether they could wear those shorts and in my view, the discipline has got to come from the top and you’ve got to have a code of conduct.”

The presenters of the show then shared their thoughts. However, Parry had more to say and described an alleged incident in which he “had to get the chair cleaned” when a colleague wore shorts to work.

He said: “One time this guy came in to where I was working, he sat on my leather seat in shorts. We all know that 90 per cent of all dust in the world is skin flakes that come off your skin so the skin is falling off the inside of your arms, it’s falling off your thighs, it’s going onto seats, it’s going onto chairs.”

Parry continued: “Any contact between bare skin and fabric is going to cause a problem. I had to get the chair cleaned because of this very point.”

However, viewers of the show were less than impressed. One Twitter used said: “Hey #GMB all this talk about shedding skin, flips flops etc…..I’m trying to eat my cornflakes here… #FlipFlops.” Another was confused about the story and wrote: “Who washes their chair because someone’s skin touches it?? Who is this guy?! #GMB.”

A third social media user commented: “Wtf he got his chair cleaned coz someone sat on it! I guess he’s never sat on a bus/train/reception area of somewhere. Did he clean the chair he’s sat on in the studio? Omg banning flip flops aswell. we should ban driving and swimming to as they are also dangerous #gmb.”

Some viewers were in support of Parry’s suggested summer dress code. One person said: “#gmb when working in an office you should dress appropriately no shorts no midriff tops no flip-flops there is a code of conduct to be followed irrespective to the weather.”

A second viewer said: “Office workers don’t know how easy they’ve got it, a lot of them have air-con or decent fans. Nurses on the other hand, my uniform was made of thick, synthetic material. We had no air-con, we all know how hot hospitals are and it’s a really manual job #gmb #goodmorningbritain.”

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