When we were in Gulfport, we stopped by a local UPS store to check how much it would cost to send my son a Mardi Gras King Cake.
Carnival season is extra-long this year, thanks to a late Easter, so the partying and frivolity kicked into high gear before we could make it back to Illinois. And no way was I going to let Domer miss out on something he loves so much (if I could’ve shipped Dallas, both my guys would’ve been thrilled, ha!)
Anyway, back to the UPS store.
The parking lot was jam-packed with vehicles (didn’t help that the store is near a Slap Ya Momma’s barbecue joint, and it was lunchtime). Someone had posted this sign on the outside front window:
“Pull Your Pants Up or Don’t Come In!!!”
Can they do that? Ban people from entering because of how they’re dressed?
Yes, it seems they can. And do.
The rest of the sign said:
“Try to have some decency and respect for others. No one wants to see your underwear. *Does not apply to children under 3 years of age.”
Reality TV Judge Greg Mathis says the predominately-male “fashion” of sagging, wherein the britches are fastened FAR below the waist and the underwear or bare skin is exposed, had its beginnings with the prison system. Prisoners, you know, generally aren’t entitled to belts (they might become weapons or a means of suicide).
Interesting that prisoners have become style icons, huh? Guess folks like Marc Jacobs, Bill Blass, and the others can retire.
Sagging was popularized in the 1990s by hip-hop artists, and ever since, some — including governmental bodies, courts, and schools — have been trying to ban it.
We don’t balk at signs proclaiming, “No shirt No shoes No service,” so maybe a ban on sagging is merely an extension of that.
What do you think?