A rep for British retailer Tesco tells the BBC that wearing pajamas in its stores is "not a big issue," but that's not at all the impression you would've gotten from perusing the company's Facebook page recently. In a since-deleted post (screenshot here), a man shared a photo he took of two women at a Tesco store, browsing in pajamas. "Dear Tesco, please can you put a rule in place that people like this will not be served in your stores. It's bloody disgusting," Chris Cooke wrote, per Mashable. "I mean who doesn't have the time to get changed into clothes to go shopping." A debate ensued, with some agreeing that shopping in pajamas isn't acceptable. But most couldn't figure out why the attire was such a big deal.
One Twitter user noted the women were "not causing any harm and … were covered up" in pants and robes. Added Facebook user Joel Brackenbury, "Dear Tesco, can you please put a rule in place that people like Mr. Cooke will not be served in your stores. I for one find it uncomfortable to have to shop alongside people who spend their time taking photographs of strangers … I mean who doesn't have the time to just ignore these women and carry on shopping." Tesco tells the Telegraph it doesn't have a customer dress code but store managers can remove customers who wear pajamas given the "many" complaints the company has received; the company says, "we do try to find a balance that everyone is happy with." The Tesco rep tells the BBC that employees "use their common sense and discretion when speaking to customers about this issue." (Forget pajamas, here are 6 reasons you should sleep naked.)