It is to District 3 Caddo Commissioner Michael Williams:
Caddo Parish District 3 Commission Michael Williams said it was an incident at a local Walmart that offended him and some elderly customers that spurred him to push for an ordinance that would prohibit wearing pajama pants in public."I saw a group of young men wearing pajama pants and house shoes," he said. "At the part where there should have been underwear," his private parts were showing through the fabric.
Offensive? You bet. Nanny state? Yep. Trying to legislate common sense? Absolutely.
Passing a law like this might put the People of Walmart site out of business.
Of course the ACLU has already come out against the proposed ordinance:
The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana released a letter from Executive Director Marjorie R. Esman Friday afternoon, saying “clothing is a form of expression protected under the Constitution of the United States.”
31 misdemeanor charges since it was passed in 2011.
Is this a sign of an overall decline in America? Inconsideration of others? Or is it just poor "home-training?" Laziness?
I'm reminded of my mother and grandmother who would never consider going out shopping without stockings and gloves on. You dressed to go downtown! What would grandmother think of the young mother with three kids going to Walmart in her Family Guy pjs and slippers to buy PopTarts?
Since we already have indecency laws on the books, possibly we should just consider going with that one if some guy wants to go to Walmart with his junk exposed.
Added: After I posted this I went to Super One (local supermarket) and lo and behold...a gentleman about 50 or so was walking with a young child through the grocery store. He was wearing a fur hat, a white crew neck t-shirt, and cartoon print black pajama pants with his slide on fuzzy slippers.
Photo credit: Mike Silva - The Shreveport Times