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• The Tampa Bay Business Journal reports that a Publix employee in Tallahassee has launched "an online petition on Coworker.org to allow Publix employees to have beards. As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 6,700 people had signed the petition."

"I believe that the majority of the people I work with at Publix also believe that we should be allowed to have some facial hair besides only a mustache," Brandon Wesley wrote in his petition. "We should be allowed to have a beard, with limitations on how long it can be and a beard net for the employees who work with food."

The Business Journal quotes Publix spokesman Brian West responding to the petition:

"As a food manufacturer and retailer, hair presents challenges. In limited work areas, facial hair is allowed and we require all associates to wear beard guards and/or hairnets to help prevent product contamination. We do operate three Publix GreenWise Markets. In these stores, we tested customer offerings and associate appearance guidelines, including uniforms and grooming standards. While not every test was successfully rolled out companywide, these tests did provide important learnings. We continuously re-evaluate our policies to ensure that we are able to carry out the policies in our more than 1,100 store locations."

In other words, Brandon, it may be too soon to throw out your razor...
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