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1/20. During the D.C. sniper scare, my middle school would have "Sniper drills". Our drill was to run outside and lineup by grade in an OPEN FIELD.
2/20. Only allowed to use the bathroom 3 times each school semester. Seriously.
3/20. In junior high, late 60s-early 70s, girls wore dresses so short that barely moving would show your butt. But we were not allowed to wear pants because that would be too "distracting."
Mid 80's, worked in back office at a bank. Never saw customers, but had to wear dresses and stockings all the time, no pants ever.
4/20. I worked at Dicks Sporting Goods in high school. After the store closed for the evening, we straightened everything up. We were unable to leave until all of the employees lined up at the front door and was frisked by the manager to make sure we didn't steal anything during our shift. So if I busted my ass and cleaned my section quickly I had to wait for the slowest person to be done so we ALL could line up at the same time. I quit that job after a month. I was treated better when working at a sweat shop in NYC, but that's another story in it self.
5/20. In high school, someone snuck in alcohol, so after that we weren't allowed to bring beverages that were flavored or colored. Water was ok, but nothing else. The alcohol that had been snuck in was vodka. In a water bottle. So yeah, figure that out.