This Week in Crazy: regulating PJs

by Leslie Turk

First it was saggy pants. Now it's pajama pants. Louisiana will be back in the national news.

Want to wear your new Valentine's Day PJs to Walmart and bring baby Johnny along in his Lighting MQueen flannels? Forget about it, says Caddo Parish District 3 Commissioner Michael Williams.

Incensed by an "indecent" (our word, not his) incident at a local Walmart, eagle-eye Williams is pushing forward an ordinance to prohibit wearing pajama pants in public, according to the Shreveport Times:

"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.

Tracy Carter, also of Shreveport, was out shopping Thursday with her 3-year-old son, Aaron - she in her Valentine's Day fuzzy pajama pants and Aaron in dinosaur pajamas.

"We all wear our pajamas out," Carter said. "I can get out of the bed and go to the store, and they're covering everything. I've got a 3-year-old, a 5-year-old and a 12-year-old to deal with."

We'll leave it to Williams and his fellow commissioners to define what constitutes pajamas and from what public places, in addition to Walmart, they should be banned. Shreveport, as many of you know, already has an anti-sagging law. But it's not parishwide - not yet anyway. Perhaps Williams et al will find a way to make the ordinance comprehensive for the parish, no saggy pants, no PJs, and - by all means - no saggy PJs.