Lately I’ve been noticing a new trend around here (CA Bay Area, specifically San Jose) where teenagers will be wearing a baseball cap–usually but not always one of those new ones that’s either all black or all white with a raised sports-team logo in the same color embroidery–and it will have one or more shiny round metallic stickers on the underside of the bill (and sometimes the top). Upon getting a closer look at these I realized they’re the informational stickers that come on the hat–presumably the ones you’re supposed to take off before you wear it.
This weekend I was in Columbus OH for the Origins gaming convention and I noticed a couple of guys doing the same thing, so clearly it’s not just a California thing. It’s also not a racial thing, because I’ve noticed it on guys of several different races. No girls, though, at least not so far.
Can anybody tell me what the rationale is behind this new crop of mini-Minnie Pearls? What’s the point of leaving the stickers on your hat? I hope I don’t offend anybody here by saying so, but I think it looks kind of stupid, like the wearer wasn’t smart enough to take the price tag off.