The following story is told by island native, Cecil Bragg, in his book Ocracoke Island, Pearl of the Outer Banks.
In the by-gone days of sailing ships an islander was hired on and told to hurry home and get some clothes as the vessel was ready to sail with the tide. The man returned quickly with his gear. One pants leg was rolled up above his knee and the other was down around his ankle. The captain asked him why he went around looking so sloppy. "It don't make no difference Cap'n." the man said, "cause everybody 'round here knows me."
When the ship docked in New York the sailor stepped on the gangplank to go ashore looking just as he had when he had shipped on, wearing the same clothes. "Good heavens man," asked the captain, "you ain't going ashore here looking like that are you?"
"Why sure Cap'n," replied the man, "it's alright, 'cause there ain't a soul 'round here knows me."
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