Tuesday 16 February 2010


Tesco Pyjama Ban
Recently it has been widely reported that Tesco is implementing a pyjama ban on their customers. You cannot wear pyjama to shop at Tesco anymore! (As reported by BBC, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Daily Mail, etc.)

Now, The Sun's article has a slightly different angle about it: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/2831701/Tesco-ad-turns-jim-jam-ban-into-sham.html

What is your opinion regarding supermarkets implementing dress codes? Is Tesco right or is it just pyjama police central gone mad? Fashion statement?

I do shop at Tesco as you can see on some of the pictures of the books I reviewed, they have Tesco stamps on them, i.e., Seven Ancient Wonders, Hush Hush. But I do not wear my PJ to do my shopping. By the way, just FYI for international readers, Tesco is a UnitedKingdom-based supermarket, known as one of the biggest retail giants in the UK.

On the side, it is interesting to check out the Pyjama Country:
One news article says that it'll cost a lot of money, never mind time, to convince Beijingers to abandon their pyjamas as streetwear: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/HE26Ad01.html

Another article tackles cultural differences: http://app1.chinadaily.com.cn/star/2002/0606/cu18-1.html

The pyjama fashion trend is viewed to be such a problem that the government wasted valuable time and resources in cracking down on the pyjama fashion trend:

Just for fun, we will have a contest :)
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  1. What? Seriously!
    That's insane.
    Sure they have the right as a business but shoot that just is not right.

    Side note: I can't get the image of The Dude from Big Lebowski out of my head. (There's a scene where he goes to the story in boxers, with his robe, and slippers)

  2. I would think China is the answer.


  3. I don't know, I think they shouldn't be able to tell people what they can and can't wear. I wouldn't want to wear pajamas in public, but I'm not stopping anyone else.
    Then again, if they want to turn away business, that's their prerogative, I guess.

  4. I'm guessing China, too. This is crazy.

  5. Apparently China holds the title "PYJAMA POLICE CENTRAL". However, America should really look into this situation. Have you seen some of the sights at one of our 24 hour "open all night" supercenters? "Pyjamas" would provide more coverage and be a nice change for some of those night owls!

  6. I'm going to say China. I have to admit I've seen people shopping at Wal Mart that have pajama bottoms and house shoes on. Now I've went to the store in sweats before, but never pajamas. I really don't think it's appropriate.

  7. I would never go shopping in PJs but banning them is a bit weird. Surely pajamas are more suitably than a lot of things people wear = I've seen people shopping in bikinis!
    I think that China is pajama police central.

  8. I think people can do a lot worse than PJs lol
    Besides, I don't think it's right to tell other what to wear or not, I mean, it's a supermarket!

    Answer: China!

  9. I think that there is no question that most people will say China is the place but I also think that the main reason for that is that most of us don't really know much about China and to our Western eyes their normal everyday dress looks like pajamas.

    On the other side of the coin think about countries like Iran, where woman have to dress up completely in the burkah and be completely covered from head to toe. That is certainly a lot more serious than some light-hearted ban on pajamas in supermarkets.


  10. I have no idea which country can be titled as 'pyjama police central'..!
    But, this so called rule sounds really weird ! Not that I go anywhere in pyjamas !! But, just because the supermarket is the biggest retail giants in the UK, it doesn't mean that they can start making rules for the customers !

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  11. Which country is known to be the pyjama police central? Or which country do you think deserves the title pyjama police central?

    China ? i'm not that sure about that. but hey, no wonder i always see some Chinese girls wearing pyjama at the mall ! :)

    - a follower of your blog

  12. Ha! Seriously! That is too funny. No more late night runs for ice cream and donuts!

    And I believe China is the country in question...

  13. I'm basing my opinion on personal experience. Vietnam deserves the title of pajama police central.
    I visited the country a couple of years ago.

    To western countries it might look like pajama wear but, too them it's regular wear. I should also mention a lot of people buy fabric and have their clothing bought to a tailor (it's much cheaper than buying it from the store).
    So one piece of fabric can produce one outfit. That is the reason why the top and bottom matches - making it look like sleepwear. The fabrics they go for are usually cheap,airy and comfy since the weather is so hot there as well.

    My custom tailor outfit only cost me $2US and was it ever comfortable - felt just like pajamas :)

  14. I'd have to say the Brits take the crown (pun intentional!). I can't imagine an Englishman in his PJs out in public.

  15. Im going to guess China. But I think America comes a close second. Those late night gas station, Walmart runs and a lot of people in the mornings dropping their kids off at school. Im personally not a fan of it. But I have to admit PJs cover up a lot more than some stuff that is worn by people that most definitiy shouldnt be wearing it. Which funny enough you see a lot of at Walmart and the local gas stations too.

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  17. haha I think I have been shopping in my pyjamas at some point! :P

    I think China is pyjama police central!


  18. China...who else would get away with using this as part of workday

  19. I'll take a guess and say China. But that is totally and utterly ridiculous! Who cares what a person wears to go shop at a supermarket? As long as they're paying for their items, not stealing, why is it anyone elses concern what attire they choose to put on for the day? I don't wear my PJ's to shop, but if we had a 24 hour supermarket or really late night shopping in my little town and I didn't feel like getting changed, well why the heck not? They're nice and comfy =D

  20. Have you ever been to Morroco?? Women there have to be all covered.

    China is a good answer too, cause they have jus few of the rights most of us have.

  21. The pajama police central is definitely China. It's definitely boggling that people would were there pajamas out side but to be truthful I have seen it done here in Canada by both males and females.
    polo-puppy-fluffy at hotmail dot com

  22. that's crazy!

    Definitely China! :) They regulate everything.. seriously.

  23. Haha, that's hilaaaaarious. If I go to the supermarket late at night (or late on a weekend morning) I often see a few universities students walking around in their pyjamas there, or the occasional gaggle of high school girls :D I think it's hilarious that they want to ban it, though.

    And I know the answer to the question is meant to be China, since they are the ones actively policing it, but think on this: Can you imagine anyone in, say, Iraq or Afghanistan (or somewhere heavily Muslim like that) going to the supermarket in their pyjamas? At least the Chinese feel they have the freedom to be able to do so! (Note: I've never been to Iraq, Afghanistan or China, and am only commenting based on my impressions of those countries.)

  24. Pyjama police is in China :)

    cindyc725 at gmail dot com

  25. According to Google it's China. ;)


  26. The answer is China. I can guess it from the links. :)

  27. China is the answer! :-)

    I don't mind the ban, I think it is common sense to go out on the street dressed up: you don't go shopping in your underwear, so you shouldn't go in your pyjamas, they are the same kind in my opinion.

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail DOT com

  28. I think it would be China

  29. I'm inclined to say any country that polices Pajamas is a bit extreme, but China seems to take the cake this time. : ) But I love the fact that you turned it into a contest! hehe.


  30. This is very funny.. China is saying you can't wear PJ's to shop. LOL.... Well, they tell their people what they want them to know and hold back info that they should know. Dictatorship??

    I know for a fact that some people here in USA think nothing of going shopping or running to store at night wearing pj's. These are short, short, shorts, ripped tee's, and other gosh awfull clothes. It is hard to believe that anyone would go out in pjs. Can't you just see some guy with belly hanging over his jockys and chest covered in hair..Gross.. I try not to shop after dark for this reason.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  31. ok, I'll say a different answer: United States of America.

  32. I'm going to go with China as well :D


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