I tried to multi-quote, but it didn't work. So, quoting from you, GH:
See, to me THAT was rude.
Why? It's true, if the farmers of the world do not get there job done in the small window that nature gives us, there will be no food, seems simple to me.
There are lots of different jobs that require lots of different attire, but that doesn't mean that your job is any more special than my job, or anyone else's. So, I should respect your job, but you shouldn't respect me? It's OK for you to be rude to me at the grocery store because of what you do? Does that mean that it's not acceptable for an oilrig worker to go from work to the grocery store because (s)he isn't providing food? Guess what? I'm your customer. Can you survive without your customers? Respect goes all the way around.
Why am I not respecting you? I am not being rude, I am just busy. LOL can I survive without customers, sadly we are on the edge of not surviving most of the time, because we supply big business who are our direct customers. Can my local grocery store survive without grubby dusty farmers and mucky ranchers calling in and buying their goods? NO it can't. I have already said that I stay away from high end stores, but hey, maybe Saskatchewan, being largely agricultural has a different view on farmers
I'm not saying you have to be polished, buffed and steam-cleaned; just reasonably presented and clean. Do you wash your hands and face before you go grocery shopping? Do you stamp the muck off your boots before? Maybe slap the dust off your shirt if it's bad? Small things; maybe you do them without even thinking about it.
I don't know I don't think about it, I just get going and do what I need to do and get back, my appearance simply does not cross my mind.
but us farmers and others who do dirty and needed jobs aren't scared of a bit of dirt, and I don't need you to look down on me because I am not sparkly clean every time I get a chance to run into a store
So your job is needed and people who do scientific research are wasting their time? A dirty job is needed, but a clean one isn't? Again, your job isn't any better than anyone else's. And asking someone to be respectful has nothing to do with "looking down" on someone. Being turned off by someone that is unclean is not about "looking down" or "being scared of dirt." I've done and do my share of getting covered in hay, dust, hair, poop, grease (both mechanical and restaurant dregs), oil, mud, clay, paint, fuel, etc. etc. but I would never go into an environment with food without cleaning up first.
That's your opinion not mine, I just asked that you don't look down on me as I struggle to put food on your table, I never said that there is anything better about a dirty or a clean job, just trying to get you to understand.