put on your pajamas, we’re going shopping!

i thought this was funny…

Tesco ban on shoppers in pyjamas

Elaine Carmody
Elaine Carmody, 24, a mother-of-two, at the Tesco in her pyjamas

A Tesco store has asked customers not to shop in their pyjamas or barefoot.

Notices have been put up in the chain’s supermarket in St Mellons in Cardiff saying: “Footwear must be worn at all times and no nightwear is permitted.”

A spokesman said Tesco did not have a strict dress code but it did not want people shopping in their nightwear in case it offended other customers.

He said he was not aware of any other Tesco stores having to put up similar signs.


The signs are placed at the entrance to the store, on the city’s outskirts.

They read: “To avoid causing offence or embarrassment to others we ask that our customers are appropriately dressed when visiting our store (footwear must be worn at all times and no nightwear is permitted).”

The spokesman said: “We’re not a nightclub with a strict dress code, and jeans and trainers are of course more than welcome.

“We do, however, request that customers do not shop in their PJs or nightgowns. “This is to avoid causing offence or embarrassment to others.”

Elaine Carmody, 24, a full-time mother of two young boys, described the ban as “ridiculous” and “pathetic”.

She said she had regularly gone shopping at the store in her pyjamas until about a week ago when she was turned away when she went to buy cigarettes.

She said she had been “popping in for a pack of fags,” but if she had been doing a full shop “then we obviously would have gone in clothed”.

“But we only wanted fags and they still refused us to go in for a pack of cigarettes,” she added.

Notice at the Tesco store in St Mellons, Cardiff
The signs are at the entrance of the Tesco store

Ms Carmody, who spoke after spending £102 in the supermarket, added: “If you’re allowed to wear jogging bottoms, why aren’t you allowed to wear pyjamas in there? That’s what I don’t understand.

“I think it’s stupid really not being allowed in the supermarket with pyjamas on.

“It’s not as if they’re going to fall down or anything like that. They should be happy because you’re going to spend all that money.”

She went on: “It’s not as if you’re making a show. If anything, they should be happy because you’re spending your money in their shop, but obviously they’re not, because you’re not allowed in with pyjamas.

“So they’re going to lose their custom, with people going to other shops to buy stuff and they’re allowed in with their pyjamas on.”


well, funny in a weird kind of..i saw a woman once in her pajamas and slippers at the shop by my house…way. i know all the english people will point out that story was in cardiff (wales) but obviously it happens across the border too!

i see her point that there isn’t much difference between sweat pants and pajama bottoms but….if you bought them in the sleepwear section of the store that should be pretty self explanatory. if you want to sleep in a 3 piece suit and then go shopping at tesco that’s another story…or if you want to wear the same clothes and skip bathing for a week i guess that’s okay too…

and just in case you’ve missed this and want to see what we wear to go shopping in the states….we, meaning everyone of the 3 billion americans…check out the people of walmart




7 thoughts on “put on your pajamas, we’re going shopping!

  1. Lol. I always thought it was tacky to go to the store in your jammies…but then again all I ever saw were kids/teens. What killed me about Walmart is for a while they actually let their ppl WORK in their jammie pants! I don’t see the big deal with them that they would put out a dress code though. I actually have a pair that only look like jammie pants because of the print. The fabric is the same as some of my softer pairs of shorts/pants.

    Now…the shoes…there are gross things on the floor and on your feet. Some people have some NASTY fungus feet…I can understand that one.

  2. (Pssst…there aren’t 3 billion people in America…yet).

    I think this article is hilarious, and the ‘polite notice’ gave me a giggle too. I think they should just put up signs that say ‘no shoes, no shirt, no service’.

    There are not only sometimes gross things on the floor, you just never know when someone’s going to let a glass jar slips out of their fingers. That one of those health and safety things that seems to make sense to me…

  3. Shoes always!! that is gross and wrong..period.. jammies bottoms I am really surprised they would even do it in the UK.. seriously! C ustomers wear jammiies bottoms out on the town? (my friend flies in her jammies..that embarrasses me) I have seen shopping in jammies here near college campuses and usually when shopping at 24 hour supermarkets.. they don’t exist there do they? well tesco…kind of.. 🙂 ‘polite notices’ do crack me up..either say it like you mean it or don’t..

  4. I would much rather shop next to someone dressed in their jammies then wearing a ghastly fur coat and snapping gum. A high percentage of women(AND men) shop with their boobs (and asses) falling out of their clothing and nothing is ever mentioned about that. Now THAT is far more offensive than PJs.

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