Marion Pellicano Ambrose
Michael Williams, Caddo Parish Disctrict 3 Commissioner,"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.
, is pushing for an ordinance that would ban the wearing of pajamas in public. While in a local Walmart, Williams and other elderly customers were offended by other customers in PJ’s. Shreveport, LA
This ordinance may not be so easy to pass First, how will they define “pajamas”? ( Williams said it could be defined as a garment sold in the sleepwear section of department stores, and violators should not go to jail but perform community service.)Second, Marjorie R. Esman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, last week sent Williams a letter saying clothing is a form of expression protected by the Constitution.
“To ban the wearing of pajamas, like any other form of attire,” Esman wrote, “would violate a liberty interest guaranteed under the 14th amendment of the
The city ofDespite the obstacles, Williams is determined to pursue getting this ordinance on the books.
has a no-sagging law. In 2011, Shreveport police reported 31 incidents involving "wearing of pants below the waist in public and the offenders were issued misdemeanor summons, according to police spokesman Bill Goodin . Shreveport
"Pajamas are designed to be worn in the bedroom at night," Williams said. "If you can't (wear pajamas) at the Boardwalk or courthouse, why are you going to do it in a restaurant or in public? Today it's pajamas," Williams said. "Tomorrow it's underwear. Where does it stop?"Check out this facebook page dedicated to the issue: https://www.facebook.com/pages/I-CANT-STAND-WHEN-PEOPLE-WEAR-PAJAMAS-IN-PUBLIC/186057801571
What do you think? Should wearing PJ’s in public be banned? Comment YES if you agree or NO if you don’t. We’d love to hear your opinions!