Tesco’s in Cardiff, a school and some resorts along the Costa del Sol do seem to have something in common, and that is a concern about the modern trend of ‘anything goes’ when it comes to dressing for the occasion.
Tesco’s have introduced a dress code and have been ejecting people who turn up to do their shopping while dressed in pyjamas or dressing gowns. They have also gone a stage further and banned barefoot shopping.
Inspired by the Tesco move, a school has banned ‘slovenly’ mums who turn up at school in pyjamas or other night attire when dropping off or picking up their kids. Apparently, up to fifty mums each day arrive in nightwear.
On the Costa del Sol, during the summer months, a similar trend causes much comment, although this time generally involving swimwear rather that night attire.
If it is a beach bar, a beach shop, a beach restaurant or supermarket, then there is no problem. But when the establishment, particularly supermarkets, are in the centre of the town and nowhere near a beach, the situation is rather different.
The sight of portly males in skimpy swimming trunks, huge gold chains and medallions around their necks, hanging over the meat counter is not something appreciated by local residents. Even the sight of a curvaceous goddess in a mini bikini, whilst an attractive and appealing proposition in the right place, such as on the beach, is out of place in a town centre supermarket.
Many town centre bars have been forced to post rules about no bare tops, male or female, in their establishments as the trend continues.
There is a time and a place for everything, so one cannot really blame Tesco or the school for taking a stand.