A Salvation Army store has sparked controversy after putting up a sign banning people from wearing pyjamas.

The store manager has revealed why she put the pyjama ban sign up in a South Auckland store after a social media post caused controversy.

A photo of the sign, which is placed in the window of the Papakura Salvation Army store, was shared on the Papakura & Takanini Grapevine and divided opinion.

The sign reads: “Pyjama wear is not acceptable in the store. Thank you for your co-operation.”

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Papakura Salvation Army store manager Moana Turner explained she put the sign up to try to set a standard and value for the store, reports NZ Herald.

“I don’t think it’s suitable to wear PJs in a public store,” she said.

“I was brought up by my mother. She was a single parent, and there were 10 of us, and not once did we ever go out without wearing clothes and shoes.

“We were very poor, and I don’t think there is any reason for people to get up and walk around in public in their pyjamas.”

She added any time a customer in pyjamas visited the store, she provided them with free clothing if they had nothing else to wear.

“We all do it nicely … we ask if them if there is anything they need so they can avoid walking in public in their pyjamas … that goes for the children as well,” she said.

Some people who commented on the Facebook post believed the pyjama ban was “cheeky” and “silly”.

“Wow I’m actually shocked at this,” one person wrote.

“I think it’s quite cheeky of them to dictate what their customers can or can’t wear.”

Another agreed: “Pyjamas are better than no clothes I reckon.”

One person wrote that PJs should be expected in South Auckland and that “onesies are life”.

However, some were behind the ban, saying other stores should get on board.

“Good on the store. PJs should be banned in all stores,” one person wrote.

“This sign should be in all Countdown stores,” another added.

Another agreed writing: “Well most bars have a dress code no reason shops can’t ask for a reasonable state of dress.”

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  • I love this sign. As a society, the bar is now being lowered to such a degree of what is acceptable behaviour that it’s such a worry moving forward. It all comes down to respect – for yourself, for others. Let’s fight and raise the bar higher.


  • Maybe they keep doing this because they know they’ll get free clothes. I won’t even walk around my yard in my pj’s. I agree with the sign


  • They must have a lot of people coming in pj’s for them to take action, I have never seen anyone in public except you used to see kids in pj’s a lot in the evenings, do people still do that?


  • Just can’t imagine going anywhere but bed in PJ’s.


  • I can’t believe people actually go out to a store in their pjs.


  • Who wears their PJs outside the home. Weird


  • I personally wouldn’t go out in my PJs, but I guess if that’s all you own then you have no choice.


  • I personally don’t think it’s appropriate where however if there are some people out there that can’t afford clothes and the only thing that they have are pyjamas it’s extremely kind of the store to give them clothes providing they ask for them and saying that they don’t have any other clothes to wear.


  • Personally I wouldn’t go out in my pj’s, but I have gone out in my joggers. I don’t have much of a problem with it though. I find it more strange and unhygienic to go out on bare feet.


  • Really out in your PJ’s shopping. There has to be standards set as what is ok to wear shopping. Though some clothing is hard to tell whether they are PJ’s or not these days. Was always taught to wear decent clothing out when in public and still do. Even if it means my having to change clothes when I get home to presevse my good clothes.


  • Have to agree, it’s odd for me seeing people in pjs out


  • I have seen casual pants with prints on them when they were in fashion. The tops the woman is wearing are not pjs. Mybe she has very few clothes and they were the only clean dry pants she had.
    Salvation Army are very fussy what they accept and some things are highly priced. They are supposed to help people in need due to disasters but in some places they won’t even accept good quality wardrobes (not ex-built ins – ordinary ones)


  • Where I shop, I see people in pj’s all the time. Personally I would be way too embarrassed to go out in public in my pj’s but I don’t think a shop can really tell you what you can and can’t wear?!


  • I personally wouldn’t go out in pajamas but I think we should promote tolerance at charities there could be reasons why it’s happening.


  • How strange are people that they even need to put up this sign? Why are people going out in their pyjamas anyway?

    • Yep! I just do not get it! It does not take long to get dressed!


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