Another Town Considers Saggy Pants Ban

Friday, Aug 16, 2013  |  Updated 9:07 AM EDT
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A second South Jersey town is considering fining people with sagging pants on public property.

Penns Grove Mayor John Washington tells the South Jersey Times the town 20 miles southeast of Philadelphia is “tired of seeing behinds, we're tired of seeing underpants.

“People keep complaining about these folks walking around town, not caring about how they look or wear their pants,” the mayor told the paper. “In this situation, pants are down real low and sometimes you can see bare skin. That became offensive to a lot of people.”

Anyone over the age of 12 would need to comply with the ordinance.

If the measure passes, offenders could be fined $25 to $100 with up to 40 hours of community service -- fines could climbing up to $1,000 on further offenses.

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A hearing is scheduled for Sept. 3.

A similar ordinance took effect earlier this summer in the beach resort of Wildwood that prohibits wearing shorts, swimsuits, pants or skirts more than 3 inches below the waist.

Wildwood Mayor Ernest Troiano Jr. said the issue is simple.

"This is just adding a little bit of decency to our town,'' he said. "It's amazing -- and this is a pun -- how far decency has fallen through the cracks."

Seaside Heights also recently considered a ban on sagging.

 


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