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NO BAGGY PANTS NO SERVICE!
Baggy Celebs, would they be stopped too?
IS IT DISCRIMINATION OR PROTECTING THE STORE?
I recently took a neighbor to run a few errands. The last stop was the gas station, so I decided to get some gas. As I walked in I read a sign, thought I was seeing things and went in to pump gas. I had to make sure I read what I thought I saw. As I walked out the door I did a double take. My first assumption was correct it said, "No baggy jeans no service! No shoes, no shirt, no service!" I was puzzled, by that time my neighbor was at the car as I pumped.
I asked her about the sign. She said, "Yes, I don't blame him one bit, they be robbing them! When a lot of people go into the store they go in and fill up. When the people from my job get off the van to get snacks on the way to work, this older white guy walked in and took a whole case of beer and walked out the store. They can't watch everybody." I thought an older white guys is not likely to be wearing baggy jeans. I also thought of the fad, the way kids dress and some adults these days. Baggy jeans is the style these days.
My neighbor reinforced my point by saying that some homosexual women pants are bagger than the men and you can't tell the difference. Then, I thought this is discrimination. Hence, not every kid/person that walks into your store with baggy jeans is going to rob you. It is dangerous stereotyping such as this that lead to dangerous situations and mistakes, because it is baited beneath fear. If the owner is truly concerned with people stealing than there are several other things he can do. When large groups are coming in he can limit the number of people in the store at one time.
He can hire security officers to be in the store, plenty of people do it in Atlanta, but this is a small town. If he is willing to ban a group of people based off of a few bad experiences, in order to truly rectify the situation he should pony up the dough and pay for security officers to be inside the store. To be hones,t I was offended and I don't wear baggy pants. In actuality you don't know someone's home life and can not judge their financial situation or their intent by what they are wearing. This is a town where people wear their pajamas to the store (crying out loud). I don't know if they don't have clothes or are clinically depressed. Maybe they think this is acceptable, maybe they were not taught to dress for success.
I am only supposing, maybe I will get the gumption to ask one, just didn't want to offend anyone, but I am also a strong believer in getting curious and challenging others views. Are they truly aware of how they are being perceived by others? Maybe I am wrong and I have totally missed the mark, but I think it is offensive to a culture of children and adults that are not looking to rob someone, but think they are making a fashion statement.
Some of them have no idea where the concept for wearing bagging jeans came from (prison). It was a way to let someone know you were homosexual. That is besides the point, but maybe if some knew what it meant they wouldn't be so apt to sag not only in prison, by sending the wrong message or in the public for fear of doing the same thing. I am not saying they can't wear baggy jeans, we as people have the right to dress how we please. I just think they should be made aware that everyone is not so open-minded and will judge and convict you based on your appearance. It's sad, but true. What do you think? Is it discrimination, stereotyping, an owner's right to protect his store, a safety must, weigh in?