Governments' Lighter Side

Call the fashion police


Louisiana official wants to nip this clothing trend in the bud.

A Louisiana parish commissioner thinks folks shouldn't go out in public in their PJs, and he wants to put a stop to it before things get, well, out of hand. Caddo Parish District 3 Commissioner Michael Williams told The (Shreveport) Times that he decided to push for an ordinance to ban wearing pajama pants in public after he saw a group of young men at a Walmart wearing pajama pants — including one man whose private parts were revealed.

"If you can't (wear pajamas) at the Boardwalk or courthouse, why are you going to do it in a restaurant or in public?" Williams told the newspaper. "Today it's pajamas. "Tomorrow it's underwear. Where does it stop?"

Williams said he would sound out fellow commissioners in February on a possible no-PJs ordinance. The commissioner said violators should perform community service instead of going to jail.

One potential problem: deciding what constitutes pajamas. "It's going to be very difficult to enforce the way it's described," Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator told the newspaper. Williams suggested the proposed ordinance could include garments sold as sleepwear in department stores.

Shreveport already has a fashion law on the books. Last year, the city reported 31 violations of a no-sagging law — no pants below the waist. Offenders received misdemeanor summons, according to a police spokesman.

Caddo Parish could adopt an ordinance similar to Shreveport's, Parish Attorney Charles Grubb told the newspaper. The idea might meet resistance, though. One man who likes going out in his "Family Guy" Stewie pajama pants told The Times, "I wear my pajama pants anywhere. I'm an American and I can wear my clothes anywhere I want. I'm a grown man. I pay my own bills, so I can wear my clothes the way I want. I don't know why it's an issue."

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Derek Prall

Derek Prall is a professional journalist who has held numerous positions with a variety of print and online publications including The Public Manager magazine and the New Jersey Herald. He is a 2008...
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