Public pajama wearing might get you arrested in the Louisiana town of Caddo Parish if a parish commissioner has his way.
Commissioner Michael Williams said an incident at a Walmart in which he and others were offended by a customer clad in pajamas was the spark for his proposal to ban them in public.
One problem with a prohibition on wearing jammies in public is defining what constitutes pajamas, Williams acknowledges.
Khiry Tisdem of Shreveport has no problem going out in his Family Guy Stewie pajama pants.
“I wear my (pajama) pants anywhere,” Tisdem said. “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.”
Williams said the Walmart incident was jarring.
“I saw a group of young men wearing pajama pants and house shoes,” he said. Williams said the genitals of at least one man were showing through the pajama fabric and elderly women nearby were offended.
Tracy Carter, also of Shreveport, was out shopping Thursday clad in her Valentine’s Day fuzzy pajama pants. Her 3-year-old son, Aaron, was 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.”
The pajamas flap may end up being moot.
“It’s going to be very difficult to enforce the way it’s described, although I’ve not seen anything in writing,” Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator said.
On Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana sent a letter to Williams objecting to any ordinance limiting pajamas. The ACLU argued a ban on PJs would violate the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
The ACLU letter said Caddo has “no legitimate rational basis for regulating the attire of its residents.”