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Grocery Store Says No Shirt, No Shoes, No Shlubby Moms

piggy-slippersA grocery store in England has put the kibosh on tired moms shopping in their jammies – Tesco has instituted a dress code.

The new rules specifically ban people from showing up in their nightwear, and demands that shoes be worn at all times. So no more bunny slippers, you hear?

The first to fall under the rule was a mom who showed up wearing PJ bottoms – she was “popping in for a pack of fags.” OK, a mom shopping for her cigarettes is probably not the best spokeswoman for the rights of mothers to dress like slobs everywhere. But she’s who we’re stuck with:

She’s still in her PJs at half past nine at night? Egads! But she does have a point – if you can wear “jogging bottoms,” why not pajama pants? Is there really a difference?

Personally, I can muster up the energy to throw on a pair of jeans and a sweatshirt to go to the grocery store. If I can’t, I don’t go. But living within sight distance of our teeny weeny post office, where there’s just one employee and likely to be no customers, I’ll admit to having made a run down in sweats then run immediately back home.

It seems a basic respect for yourself issue – if you can’t find the time to scrub up a little, what are you doing out and about? But then there are the realities of being a stay-at-home mom, perhaps with a sick child. In those early days after a child’s born, you’re getting no sleep and make the best use of their every sleeping minute to get things done. If you opt for getting the shopping done before they want your boob again rather than getting dressed, well, let’s just say it takes one to understand one.

Ironically,  most of the people I see at the grocery store in PJs are teenagers – not tired moms. What about you, have you ever hit the store in your bunny slippers?

Image: celesteh, flickr

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