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Hot fashion trend: Utah firm outlaws long pants for charity

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Some people will give the shirts off their backs for a worthy cause. Employees of Salt Lake City-based Richter7 are giving their pants.

As the mercury passed the 100-degree mark in Utah this summer, managers at the advertising and public relations agency issued an edict to employees: no pants.

Instead, employees wore shorts, skirts, capris, sarongs and even kilts to the office for five weeks in July and August. Anyone showing up in long pants had to pay a 25-cent fine for each offense.

Managers also encouraged employees to donate at least one pair of pants as part of the company’s drive to donate clothing to needy people in Utah.

“This is a huge morale boost for everybody,” says Tim Brown, Richter7 partner in charge of morale boosting. “Our success in battling the heat seems to spill over into tackling tough client projects. And putting our pants to good use by donating them to our community encourages us to look for creative opportunities and continually make a difference.”

Contact: Tim Brown, (801) 521-2903.

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