LA ban on pajamas in public goes worldwide

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TIME magazine reported that earlier this month, Michael Williams, an official in Shreveport, Louisiana came across a group of young men at Wal-Mart wearing pajamas. He said one of the men’s private parts were exposed because of his choice of lounge wear. As a parish commissioner, Williams proposed an ordinance. It wasn’t the first of its kind in Caddo Parish, where he lives.The city also has a no-saggy pants law and it looks like the trend of establishing public dress codes is spreading.:

No official legislation banning sleepwear exists quite yet, but this isn’t the first time pajamas have raised European ire. Two years ago, the principal of St Matthew’s Primary School in Belfast notoriously sent a letter to parents berating them for picking up their children in sleepwear and slippers, deeming the attire “slovenly and rude.” The warning came shortly after a Tesco supermarket in Wales barred customers from shopping in nightwear. According to signs posted at the store’s entrance, the ban’s purpose was “to avoid causing embarrassment to others,” the Daily Mail reported.

In Louisiana, the commissioner who proposed the recent anti-pajama ordinance told the Wall Street Journal, “The moral fiber in America is dwindling away. What is it going to be tomorrow? Walking around in your underwear?”

Sure, parading around town in pajamas can be seen as “slovenly and rude,” but it most likely won’t deteriorate America’s moral fiber. Didn’t reality television do that years ago?

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