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Should It Be Against The Law To Wear Baggy Pants?

Posted by Casey on September 4, 2008

The poll for this question is at the top left in sidebar on this website.

As it turns out, a man was arrested in Florida for wearing baggy pants that sagged off his waste. Naturally, his underwear became exposed because his pants were falling down.

The Florida man, 29, was arrested yesterday for wearing baggy pants. Smith was busted by Riviera Beach cops for violating a city ordinance governing low-slung trousers (or, legally speaking, "exposure of undergarment in public"). According to a Riviera Beach Police Department affidavit, cops were investigating a report of a man selling drugs from a parked Chevy Impala when they spotted Smith standing beside the vehicle. As Officer B. Jackson noted in the report, Smith's brown and white plaid shorts "were so low that it exposed his blue and white boxer shorts approximately two inches below his waist."

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He only faces a $150 for a first offense, but if he gets cited again he could face 30 days in jail.

The ironic thing about the story to me is that this new ordinance was voted on by Riviera Beach residents. Yeah, beach goers have told other people to cover up … go figure.

While I’m the first to admit you look utterly ridiculous sagging your pants, and I enjoy ridiculing people in public for looking so stupid, this just seems dumb to me. As long as you’re covered … what’s the big deal? Let them look like retards. Why is this an offense worthy of jail time? It’s probably just another creative way for local governments to make criminals out of nearly everyone, and make some revenue strides while doing so. Seriously, you expose yourself far more at the beach than you will sagging your pants.

Also, there are some people who wear real shorts under their pants … will they be cited, or does it have to be underwear?

Maybe the sagging crowd needs to organize and push an ordinance that bans some of the swimsuits you see on the beach there in Riviera Beach (i.e. male thongs). Now that is an ordinance I can back.

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One Response to “Should It Be Against The Law To Wear Baggy Pants?”

  1. Steven said

    More laws to control the people.
    More laws = more control.
    More control brings us closer to a dictatorial country, therefore I’m not in favor of it, even if I agree with what it stands for (which I don’t in this case).

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