Our office is located in close proximity to the driver license office. All day long, we have the opportunity to see people walking into the DMV to have a picture taken and a license made. Sometimes, people gather together in the parking lot and play club music from their cars. If they start dancing in the parking lot, we call it "Club DMV".
Anyway, you would think that people who are having a photo taken for an ID that will last 3 to 5 years would try to dress for the occasion--not in a suit or a fine gown, but at least show up in something better than pajamas. Over the years, I have seen a number of fashion mistakes -- some for driving tests, and some were walking next door. Here are some wardrobe tips for those of you seeking to get your license:
Way back in 2001, my wife used to conduct driving tests. A young man (late teens or early twenties) sat down at her desk to ask for a test. He pulled his shirt up toward his waistband to reveal a strategically placed hole in his pants. He came in for a test, but flashed my wife!!! Naturally, she refused to administer his test. She walked over to me and explained what happened. Behind her, The Flash quickly pulled his shirt down over the hole. For his outrageous behavior, he gains the dubious honor of being the first tip. Tip #1: If you must wear pants with strategically placed holes, make sure those holes are below thigh level.
A couple of weeks later, I did a test for a different young man. At that time, we allowed individuals to test in their own cars. the young man's dad accompanied him to our office and volunteered to bring the car up to the curb. I walked out just as dad pulled up in a big monster truck. Dad climbed out, wearing daisy duke shorts. As he extended one leg down to the ground, something dropped out of his shorts . . . Needless to say, I was glad I did not have to sit in the driver's seat. Tip #2: Real men don't wear daisy duke shorts.
A couple of months later, a woman who had recently immigrated from an Eastern Block country in Europe came to the office to get a driving test. She was dressed as though she was ready for work -- that is, if she worked on a street corner. She failed her test by running a red light. She tried to persuade me to pass her test, but I would not accept her offer. Tip #3: Dressing like the red light district does not give you a license to run a red light.
More recently, a young man visited the office for a driving test wearing a tail. Yes, a big furry tail on his back. Not only did he do a driver license test so he could drive a car, but he came back to do a motorcycle skills test -- with his tail flapping off the back on the motorcycle. He was the subject of watercooler chatter for weeks. Tip #4: Tuck your tail. We don't want to see it.