Fanny packs first appeared on the fashion scene in the early 1990’s. These small fabric pouches were worn on the side of the waist, and allowed people to have immediate access to their migraine medication, lip balm, chewing gum, tweezers, car keys, breath mints, comb, nail clipper, batteries, dental floss, sonic screwdriver, and so on. It’s remarkable how much stuff could be stuffed into them. All in all, they were fairly convenient devices, and some are still sold today, so what could possibly be wrong with them?
To start with, there’s the name. It has the word ‘fanny’ in it. That should be most people’s first warning sign. Then there’s the fact that anyone who wears one looks like a complete tool. It doesn’t matter if you’re dressed in the latest styles or no style at all – having a fanny pack instantly renders you into the same social level as the people who ran the Audio/Visual club. There’s security concerns as well, because pouches that face the rear can be pickpocketed without too much difficulty. Remember: if someone unscrupulous person tries to sell you a fanny pack, just say NO.