New hoodie menace?
Hooded jackets which zip up to completely mask the face are on sale in Birmingham shops. Wearing a 'Hannibal' hoodie, WM reporter Katie Rowlett took to the city streets to gauge public opinion. Have your say below.
New style 'hoodies' on B'ham's streets
There's a new range of 'hoodies' on sale in Birmingham shops - they zip up to completely mask the wearer's face.
Katie Rowlett, her face covered with a Hannibal jacket by clothing company Criminal Damage took to the streets of the city centre on Monday 1st of October 2007.
Katie wearing a hoodie (right)
She asked are the new 'hoodies' menacing, and an ideal cover for criminals? Or are they just the latest harmless fashion item?
Reactions were mixed said Simran Samra, who accompanied Katie.
"While most people just laughed and thought it was simple childish humour, others crossed the street and could barely look into the mesh eyes.
Katie met another hoodie wearer
"Some posed it would interfere with CCTV footage if the hoodies were used in criminal acts, while others thought that it was up to an individual what they wanted to wear and that it would be rude to judge.
"Somebody even approached our reporter wearing an identical style hoodie in grey. He was reluctant to take off his mask, so his words were muffled."
And what are they like to wear?
"We found the hoodie to be a little uncomfortable on the face!"
last updated: 01/10/07
Have Your Say
What do you think of these 'hoodies'? Should they be banned or are they just another fashion fad? Have your say in the box below.
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