Maryland police remind residents to wear pants to mailbox: ‘This is your final warning’

A small-town police department in Maryland has reminded residents to wear pants while checking the mail, yet another sign that many people working during stay-at-home orders are dressing casually, if they're getting dressed at all.

"Please remember to put pants on before leaving the house to check your mailbox. You know who you are. This is your final warning," the Taneytown Police Department wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday.

This isn't the first time the department, which serves about 7,200 citizens, has used its social media account to post topical commentary to its 11,000 followers.

In recent days the account urged people to stay inside using the lyrics to "Baby Shark," posted a "Tiger King" meme, and used a Bitmoji to encourage residents to wash their hands.

The department did not immediately return a USA TODAY request for comment Wednesday.

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Whether the "final warning" was issued for a real resident with bad mail-checking etiquette or not, one thing is for sure: Pants are not a big priority for many Americans these days.

As working from home and teleconferencing become the new norm during the coronavirus pandemic, shirts have become a more essential clothing item than pants, according to Walmart.

“We’re seeing increased sales in tops, but not bottoms,” Dan Bartlett, Walmart’s executive vice president of corporate affairs, told Yahoo! Finance about people who use Zoom and other types of video conferencing.

Contributing: Joshua Bote


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