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No shirt, no shoes, no saggy pants
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Forsyth County News

I’m sure all of us have seen a young man with his pants sagging, or “pants on the ground.”

It’s not only awkward, but also annoying, especially if you’re with young children.

Several times over the last few years, I’ve read stories about various restaurants (even a popular fast-food establishment) that banned people wearing “sagging” pants from entering. Of course, when interviewed, people’s opinions were split.

Perhaps not surprisingly, younger people tended to think a restaurant is a public place and has no right to forbid customers from eating there, regardless of attire.

Older people — and I daresay most were parents — agreed with the ban and said restaurants were within their rights to require certain standards with regards to dress, behavior, etc.

I think I speak for most people when I say to pant saggers: We don’t want to see your underwear. Period. Never mind that I don’t know how these people walk.

Saggers, when you sit down, your underwear is touching the seat that the rest of us may sit on. Ewww.

There are paper seat covers for toilet seats in the women’s restroom (not sure about the men’s), but not for regular restaurant seats.

So if you agree a restaurant should be able to ban certain things, what about babies and children?

I love children, and everybody who knows me knows that babies are my favorites. But when we eat out, I don’t want to sit next to a table full of children.

Believe me, I feel sorry for anybody who had to sit next to us when our four children were young. Although I promise we pretty much only ever dined at kid-friendly establishments and, in fact, didn’t eat out much anyway.

What if you were going to a five-star restaurant? I read about such a place in New York City that banned children under a certain age.

I can’t imagine who would want to bring their children there anyway, since the fixed menu was upwards of $400 per person.

Perhaps rather than ban children, there could be a room set aside just for families with the little noisemakers. Wouldn’t that make everybody happier?

The kids could be themselves (loud), and the parents could relax a little and possibly enjoy their meal.

I do think private establishments should be able to have certain requirements from their patrons.

Remember the saying, “No shirt, no shoes, no service?” That was on the door of every convenience and grocery store when I was growing up. I don’t remember anybody having a problem with that.

I think beyond the ridiculousness of having pants sagging to your knees, so many people in our society simply have no common sense.

It looks silly, has a big yuck factor to it, and makes people uncomfortable. There is no explaining it to young children.

I know every generation looks at the younger ones in disbelief and says, “Really?”

But seriously, who would have ever thought we would look at a generation and have to tell them to pull their pants up?


Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” Email her at