Another NJ Town Bans Saggy Pants

A second South Jersey town will be fining people with sagging pants on public property.

Penns Grove in Salem County, a borough of a little more than 5,000 people, joined Wildwood in banning saggy pants.

Penns Grove Mayor John Washington earlier told the South Jersey Times the town 20 miles southeast of Philadelphia was “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 must comply with the ordinance. 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.

The ordinance passed at Tuesday night's borough council meeting.

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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