Why wouldn’t you wear your pajamas to the grocery store?

I’ve mused on this topic before on Twitter because it’s one of my favorite things in the world… People who wear their pajamas in public.

The first time I noticed this phenomenon was at the Hannaford in Portland, ME. It was early winter and a teenager was walking around wearing a zipped up puffy winter coat with fleece pajama bottoms covered with green frog faces. I did one of those double-takes you would do if you saw a raccoon water skiing.

A little while later, in the same grocery store, I saw a woman wearing a big NY Giants jacket (I wanted to throw eggs at that, but refrained) with pink flannel pajama bottoms. I started thinking maybe that particular store had a “wear your pajama bottoms, get 50% off” policy or something. But, no. Turns out it wasn’t just that store. I have seen people in their pajamas in public all over the place since then.

I am torn on how I feel about this. On one hand, I want to say, “Yo, wtf? Surely you can’t be so lazy that you can’t even swap the flannels out for a pair of sweatpants.” On the other, I want to say, “Props for not giving a rat’s ass what total strangers think of you.” One chick though, was wearing light pink polka-dotted see-through pajama bottoms. I draw the line at that. I don’t want to see your underpants, missy. Get your house in order! winkys