Should pajamas in public be banned?

Katherine - posted on 01/20/2012 ( 16 moms have responded )

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A Louisiana legislator probably didn't know what he was in for when he suggested a ban on pajama-wearing in public in Caddo Parish. Prepare for angry moms in 1, 2 ... AHEM! Hold up there ladies, Michael Williams may just have a point.



Ever notice the teenagers parading around the grocery store in their PJs? These kids wonder why adults have labeled anyone between the ages of 13 and 19 lazy even as they present the proof one fuzzy slippered footstep at a time.



Let me make this clear. Pajamas in public -- at least on anyone past the toddler stage or not clutching a bottle of Nyquil to take to the cashier -- are a blatant sign that you can't be bothered to actually PLAN anything. Like, maybe, getting out of bed more than five minutes before you are scheduled to leave the house? Or ensuring at least one pair of jeans is not lying under the mountain of crap in your bedroom?



Sure, I will fully admit that as a mother, I have worn my sweatpants to take the kid to the bus stop or run to nursery school drop-off. I'm not proud of it, but I should note the major differences: A. I do this ONLY when I will be seen by one or two people (who I know well) for ONLY a moment or two. This is not a lengthy excursion to paint the town red, ya hear? B. I accompany said sweatpants with shoes, not slippers. C. I keep everything covered up, and I do mean everything! and finally D. This is a last resort exercised not because of lack of planning but because my child has just made my morning a living hell.



The growing number of teens in their jammies seem to think that the way they roll down the waistband on those flannel bottoms to get comfy in the sack is perfectly acceptable in line at the deli. As a woman who prefers her freshly sliced cheese without a side of ass crack, I beg to differ. Without the benefit of the dark or your Angry Birds comforter, that outfit shows a whole lot more than you maybe intended. Oh, and that negligee? It was made for choosing a movie off Netflix streaming from the comfort of the couch, not from the RedBox station right next to the bottle deposit machine at the store.



After all, the whole reason Williams is proposing this wacky plan to begin with comes down to an incident with a group of young men in their sleepwear. A certain member of the group was wandering around Wal-Mart when he exposed his, ahem, member to Williams and other customers. Would you want that to be your son? Remember, what he wears is reflecting on you!



Now, I did say this whole plan was wacky because, as I mentioned before, pajama-clad babies in public don't bother me a bit, and I will always feel for the sniffly, coughing wretch who just needed her cough syrup. But that doesn't mean we can't change the world for the better by putting more PJs back where they belong.



So here I am, raising my bullhorn to beg you parents: make your teens get dressed!



Do teens in their PJs bug you? Would you let your kids go out like that?



Kind of irritating. Especially teens because they wear those short shorts.

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Denikka - posted on 01/20/2012

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Most people wouldn't even know I was in my PJs. I wear sweatpants and a regular tshirt.

MOST of the time, I wear jeans out in public. But I wear the same shirts during the day as I wear to bed, I just grab a clean one before I go out.



Now, the booty shorts, I have a problem with. Or any clothes that show too much.

Regular PJ pants, not so much. A decent PJ top, like a tank top, meh. I would wear a tank top out in public as part of a regular outfit. A t-shirt would also be okay. As long as whatever top it is covers everything and isn't too tight.

Guys PJ pants, once again, not a problem for the most part. But if you're gonna be dumb enough to not wear shorts underneath, then that's just moronic. There is a HOLE in the front. It's as stupid as wearing jeans, with no underwear, when the zipper is broken. C'mon people. Common sense!!



I figure as long as you're covered appropriately and decent for the occasion (obviously, PJs for a nice dinner is not right, but grabbing a bite at McD's...meh).



I can understand the law though. Gotta protect against the idiots.

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Emma - posted on 01/30/2012

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@ Katherine

I used to be a Food and Beverage manager before i had the kids.

Loved the job but not a good career if you want a life outside of work !

I Never even went on a proper date with my hubby in till after we where married. LOL

Amber - posted on 01/30/2012

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It doesn't really bother me to see people wearing Pjs in the store or where ever its not hurting me so really who cares. Now I will admit that I have been known to have my day clothes on and run to the store in my house shoes just because I was to lazy to go put my tennis shoes on, but that's usually if I'm running in and out. Now if I'm going to do some serious shopping then I put my shoes on. I live in my house shoes. I'm a SAHM so I'm constantly up doing laundry, dishes, sweeping ect and I hate walking around barefoot it grosses me out (don't ask I HATE feet....even my own haha) so I stay in my house shoes. I don't usually where sleep pants if anything I have sweat pants on and sometimes I will run around it those.

Michelle - posted on 01/30/2012

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You know I really don't think that going to the store in your flannel/ lounge pants and a tshirt is that big of a deal. It's the 16 year olds running around in borderline lingerie that really gets to me.

Jennifer - posted on 01/30/2012

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Katherine, I did that on a production line, at Wal-mart and a bakery. Also held down two jobs at once several times. Unfortunitly, it is not uncommon.......

Katherine - posted on 01/29/2012

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Geez Emma what do you do that has you working 100 hours a week? I too have gone to the store in my jams :/

Jennifer - posted on 01/29/2012

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LOL, I'd never be seen in public again!! I'd like to point out that I wear my flannel long pants and a regular t-shirt, with a bra! I'm more covered than most people in wal-mart. No rips to show off things! I've seen more booty hanging out of jeans and even dress pants! For me, I'd rather they ban skinny jeans over a size 8 or so, specially paired with itty bitty tops. Don't need to see sized 22 muffin top and booty crack. And if the shorts are wider than they are long, just say no!!



And by the way, those arn't my PJ's I'm wearing in public, They've never been in my bed! And if someone complains about the way I'm 'dressed', I point that out. It stops the voice, even though their mouth is still open!

Emma - posted on 01/28/2012

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I have often worn my Flannel Pj pants to the shops,

Personally if you wanted to call me lazy i would not care,

I used to work a 100 + hour week and if on my Day off i want to roll out of bed and pop into the shops to grab some food then who am i hurting ?

Really a wast of time law - its this totally pointless type of law making that wastes time and resources.

Firebird - posted on 01/22/2012

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I would hate it if PJs were banned in public here because I am that poor "sniffly, coughing wretch who just needed her cough syrup" lol More than once I've hit the drug store, in PJs, sick as hell to get my Buckley's and Neo Citran. I draw the line at slippers though! lol

Stifler's - posted on 01/22/2012

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I don't even wear pyjamas. I thought they just threw that in in tv shows for decency reasons.

Stifler's - posted on 01/22/2012

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I have heard though that slippers are actually banned in public in Australia.

Stifler's - posted on 01/22/2012

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I have no idea why this even needs to be a law. Who wears their pjs in public LOLOLOL

Jane - posted on 01/20/2012

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I don't think you can realistically ban the wearing of pajamas in public. For one thing, there is not one specific style of clothing that can be designated as pajamas. Too many folks wear different things to bed. As long as the various bits are covered they are in poor taste but legal.



Now if you want to fuss about ass-cracks, note the sagging that even otherwise nice kids are into. They have tried unsuccessfully to ban that, too, and it is more easily defined than pajamas.



I think that we will just have to admit that some people don't know how to dress. Many of them learn eventually, but some of them don't. However, we can always enjoy The People of WalMart because we ourselves would NEVER dress that badly in public.

Michelle - posted on 01/20/2012

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I may not be any kind of fashion diva when I leave the house but I do take the time to get dressed. I do not appreciate the teens walking around in their pj's. I've seen them walking to school in their pj's. Walmart seems to be some sort of hang out for the clothing impaired. I always see people walking around in their pj's and slippers any time of day. The worst was the time I went to get Tylenol for one of the kids and there was this girl who was like 15 wearing pj's (that thin pj material with some bedtime cartoon on it). It was short shorts and a mid drift tank (that did not fully cover her boobs or butt) and her fuzzy slippers. Walking around with her fellow pajama clad friends, looking like they were planning to have a sleep over at Walmart. I think it's irritating for me personally that people can't be bothered to throw on sweats and a t shirt, but that alone doesn't make me think let's pass a law about it. That's just a choice people make. I do think that there is a line that you can cross and I've seen it. My kids will not be leaving the house in their pj's. No way. They will have more respect for themselves then that.

Kellie - posted on 01/20/2012

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wether it's a pj short short or just a short short, it's STILL a short short so who cares if they wore it to bed or not?



can't say I care really, as long as people are clothed (preferably in more than a bra and hot pants) I couldn't give a rats.

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