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Gummow writes: "This week, Ocala Florida City Council approved an ordinance prohibiting anyone on city property from wearing their trousers two inches below their waist, Channel 9's WFTV reported."

Kids wearing saggy pants in Riviera Beach, Florida. (photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Kids wearing saggy pants in Riviera Beach, Florida. (photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


Florida Town Makes It a Jailable Offense to Wear Saggy Pants

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

23 July 14

 

Anyone caught wearing low-hanging pants in Ocala faces a six-month jail sentence and $500 fine

his week, Ocala Florida City Council approved an ordinance prohibiting anyone on city property from wearing their trousers two inches below their waist, Channel 9’s WFTV reported.

The “sagging pants” regulation is enforceable on sidewalks, streets, parks, sports, recreation and public transportation facilities and parking lots.

Police are expected to issue warnings at first, however failure to comply after being cautioned may lead to a $500 fine or up to six months in jail time.

Councilwoman Mary Rich, who pushed for the ordinance that was originally rejected in 2009 because no one would back the motion, said she expects the new rules will tidy up the city’s image.

"I just think it's disgraceful to show your underwear. We try to be a nice, clean city. I think it'll help clean it up some,” she said.

Yet, critics of the ordinance expressed concern that such laws could lead to racial profiling with young, black men, the number one target.

"I think this is a form of harassment. It gets you pulled to the side, (so they can) harass you, search you and have a right to do whatever they want to,” resident Curt Brown told the station.

What’s more, while Rich has compared the ordinance to the Marion County school system dress code, residents say school rules regulations are very different to enforcing an ordinance classified as a second-degree misdemeanor in which failure to comply can land you in jail.

"It just makes no sense whatsoever. It's another way to lock people up and put them in jail so the city can make money off of that,” resident Adia Crumley said.

Still, Rich insists that targeting specific groups is not her intention: “It doesn’t matter what color they are, they all wear their pants down.”

Ocala city attorney Patrick Gilligan said that while authorities are not looking to charge people, it would not be tough to enforce.

"If they don't comply, I think the chief will tell police officers to take your phone out and take a picture,” he told Ocala Star Banner.

Ocala is not the first town to ban sagging pants. Other cities across the country, including New Jersey, New Orleans, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit and Miami have also enforced various ordinances to cut down on the saggy pants problem, according to the Washington Post.

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+7 # RMDC 2014-07-23 19:23
What else would anyone expect from Florida. I wish they would pass a law banning Jeb Bush from showing his ugly face in public. I'd much prefer to see someone underwear than Bush's mug.

Who cares about this issue. Style in clothes always pushes some boundaries. It often represents some "statement" that someone wants to make. So Florida is going to outlaw some styles now but not others. The clothes police will be out in full force, cracking the heads of kids who wear their pants a little too low.

In the past, there have been attempts to outlaw short skirts on women. They said it was indecent or some nonsense. These prudes like Councilwoman Mary Rich just need to get laid. That would give her something else to think about. If she does not like seeing people's underwear, then don't look at it. Why is she staring at men's underwear anyway?

Thank god I will never have to go to Florida (or Mississippi).
 
 
+8 # SundownLF 2014-07-23 23:40
Somehow, Councilwoman Rich's 'getting laid' is NOT the answer here! Getting laid is no cure for bigotry and stupidity. (And it's so often men who wouldn't know how to provide a 'decent lay' who are the quickest to suggest it...)

No, just see her for what she is: a woman with too much power who can negatively affect the lives of young - yes, usually black - men.

Bu I can't help but smile at the image of Florida senior men who wear their pants practically up to their chins! (Remember the Martin Short character of many years ago?) No one is making their clothing choices illegal.
 
 
+3 # Henry 2014-07-24 07:57
I'm really tired of looking at guys' underwear frankly. It's a ******* stoopid fad. I'm also sick of watching them fondle themselves constantly, in the real world (?) and on television. Adolescents though most of them are, hellow can you just do whatever in private? It's embarrassing and degrading to yourselves and everyone else who can't avoid watching you. Jeez. And finally, it's "aggressive" idn't it? Actively aggressive and flaunting. Jerks.
 
 
0 # Henry 2014-07-24 08:00
Quoting SundownLF:
Somehow, Councilwoman Rich's 'getting laid' is NOT the answer here! Getting laid is no cure for bigotry and stupidity. (And it's so often men who wouldn't know how to provide a 'decent lay' who are the quickest to suggest it...)


Right on.
 
 
0 # RMDC 2014-07-24 14:52
Sorry about that comment. I just could not resist saying something idiotic in response to this idiocy. I wonder what Councilwoman Mary Rich wore when she was a teenager. Old people are constantly complaining about the way teens wear their clothes and they completely forget that they did something similar when they were teens. I wonder if there are any photos of Mary Rich as a teen on the net? Do you think she's of the age to have followed the Madonna fashion of wearing only a bra and no shirt?
 
 
+13 # Activista 2014-07-23 19:38
Half of big belly fat Americans are wearing their their trousers two inches below their 50" waist ...
 
 
+13 # RMDC 2014-07-23 21:18
That's right. And when they bend down to pick up another six pack, you can see the crack of their fat asses. Now Councilwoman Mary Rich will want to ban ass cracks.
 
 
+1 # MJnevetS 2014-07-24 11:29
Nope, those are white ass cracks
 
 
+4 # jwb110 2014-07-24 00:07
It was only a matter of time before the GOP/TP would set a dress code for America.

Don't these people have bigger fish to fry, like more jobs at good wages in Ocala. Let their precious free market fix this.
Low pants are not a uniform for the average job except maybe in WalMart. That store is full of ass-cracks and very few teeth.
 
 
+2 # ericlipps 2014-07-24 04:42
Quote:
"It just makes no sense whatsoever. It's another way to lock people up and put them in jail so the city can make money off of that,” resident Adia Crumley said.
And there you have it. And if it just so happens that most of the people blocked up are young black men, why, that's just the frosting on the cake.
 
 
+4 # hd70642 2014-07-24 05:05
While to me the baggy pants look is a defeatist celebration of ignorance since it originated in prison . This came about since The prison industrial complex has created a populace all too familiar with incarceration for the most,meager / pettiest violations in same vein the military industrial complex has lead to a populace all too familiar with war !

There are real threats to public safety that needs to be enforced no matter how stupid you might find somebody is dressed ! ! What is next excessive tattoos piercing shaven heads Mohawks and pink and orange hair or long hair or miss mated socks or T-shirts with holes being ticketed as well Maybe going after leather or wearing white after labor day . Everybody is going wear something somebody finds stupid.!
 
 
+3 # NAVYVET 2014-07-24 07:45
Ocala's inland, not on the ocean or gulf, but there are plenty of lakes for swimming and sunbathing. Go someplace else, gals in bikinis!
 
 
+2 # Kootenay Coyote 2014-07-24 07:57
Awful dress style, of course, not to mention Free Speech; but for both the ‘offense’ & the sanction, who can doubt they prove Floridan insanity? & what about those equally awful elders’ sagging bellies?
 
 
+1 # Buddha 2014-07-24 08:02
"Land of the Free". We need to update our marketing brochures me thinks.
 
 
0 # born1929 2014-07-24 09:17
ya gotta hand it to Florida .... a most advanced state at so
many levels
 
 
+2 # lyman 2014-07-24 09:38
I always thought it was a prudent public safety measure to let rambunctious adolescents voluntarily hobble themselves in their running ability.

Besides, it's good for us older folks to keep up to date with the fashions in patterns for underwear fabrics. They're lots more lively than what us old guys wear in the way of golf and fishing shirts -- at least here in Orlando (but maybe things are different up north in Ocala).
 
 
+3 # reiverpacific 2014-07-24 10:37
Well, I'm tired of immaculately-su ited and coiffed thugs running the country into the ground, similarly-attir ed Owner-Media anchors, pundits and especially members of the neocon club gang who should be in Super-max or Abu Grahib for crimes against humanity, abusing, polluting and dominating OUR airwaves. Also suited and robed Theocrats disguised as SCOTUS injustices and judges in the lower courts, military uniform-attired war-hawks being practically worshipped and imitated by marching bands across the country while they wreak havoc around the globe.
How many of you went through a Hippy tie-dye disheveled-hair spell, the Beatles hair, suits winkle-pickers, or the Carnaby Street "Twiggy" look, Dreadlocks and bags, the ghastly "Disco-plastic" trend of the 80's, Afros, or further back, the drainpipe, Ducks-arse "Teddy-boy" trend of the early-rock late 50's and the "Angry young Beatnik" alternative of the same era.
Most were in "dubious" taste in their time but were in truth, statements of resistance to conformity, imposed tastes and mores of the post WW11 "square" powers, Cold War/McCarthy era fear-mongering and doomsday scenario which our leaders chose to visit on their populaces.
I suspect that these kids are giving the corrupt, often stupid and almost invariably self-serving makers of laws and dictators of lifestyle in the dominant, PC, bland Corporate/milit ary culture that squeezes the life out of everything creative, the vertical finger!
We don't HAVE to like it!
 
 
0 # Joe Bob 2014-08-02 11:56
Reiver you nailed it....
Best comment of the day...
excuse me a sec,,, "Hey Kid !!! get off my lawn"
 
 
0 # MJnevetS 2014-07-24 11:52
"Still, Rich insists that targeting specific groups is not her intention: 'It doesn’t matter what color they are, they all wear their pants down.'"

Her next law that has 'nothing to do with color' is to make illegal for anyone to wear an afro hairstyle. She pointed out that it does not target the color of anyone's skin and pointed out that both Richard Simmons and Art Garfunkle would be equally in violation (She also said that it doesn't hurt that it targets gays and jews)
 
 
-1 # skylinefirepest 2014-07-24 14:49
Geez, would you listen to the liberals complain to the point of stupidity. Do you really want to see anybody's underwear?? DO YOU REALLY??? I didn't think so.
 
 
+1 # phrixus 2014-07-25 07:48
Disregarding all other relevant issues, I think the baggy, saggy, falling-down pants fashion is so lame that it's beyond laughable. Guys that do this simply look retarded. It's even worse than the absurd Goth craze that blew through. Idiots that do this apparently either don't own a mirror or never read the user manual that came with it. Grow up, guys. Save that crap for Halloween. There's enough visual pollution in the world without you adding to it.
 

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