Ocala, Fla. city council recently voted to place a ban against sagging pants on city-owned property. This is the second time that city council has tried to ban this fashion-faux pas, (butt) in 2009 no one gave a second motion to Councilwoman Mary Rich’s motion, however her persistence prevailed. However, some residents disagree with the new ordinance.
During public comment for the sagging pants ban, resident Curt Brown told council he believed the new rules will set people up for harassment, and allows police to further search a person. While other residents said they thought the sagging pants ban will hurt young folks because they might get jail time or have a steep fine.
According to the new ordinance, the ban on sagging pants in Ocala will be enforced on sidewalks, streets, parks, public transportation areas, and other properties that are city-owned or leased. The ordinance allows first-time offenders to receive a Police warning, but after that those caught again can face jail time or pay a $500 fine. This new city law might have the steepest penalties for sagging, but Councilwoman Rich believes it will help cleanup the city.
Ocala, Fla. isn’t the first city to ban sagging pants. Multiple saggy pant bans have been popping up across the nation -- here is a list of a few other cities who recognize it’s time to pull up those pants, for both ladies and gentleman: Opa-Locka, Fla. 2007, New Jersey pizza parlor 2013, Wildwood, N.J. boardwalk 2013, Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish 2013, Collinsville, Ill. 2011, Albany, Ga. 2010, and Florida introduced an entire state law for public schools to ban sagging. The idea of showing off underwear and booties caught the eye of Dallas, Texas, who decided to move forward with an entire anti-sagging billboard campaign just after the “Pants on the Ground,” an American Idol, 2010 tryout that went viral.
Some citizens think such bans go too far and that the government should not dictate how people wear their clothes. However, local governments are tasked to protect the public health, welfare and safety of people, and need to uphold indecent exposure laws. Seriously, who wants to sit on a public park bench after a sagger (male or female) just had their dirty underwear sweeping a public seat? What parent wants their child walking behind a total stranger with their a**-crack, and underwear showcased for their child to see, unless the child's lesson for the day is -- what not to wear.
According to Greg Mathis, a former Michigan District Judge who also had a reality court TV show, some part of the trend came from prisons, because inmates are not allowed to wear belts and the pants sag naturally. The style was later promoted and seen in popular hip-hop groups from the 1990s. Others also see the sagging pants trend as a symbol of one who refuses to go against the grain of mainstream society ("mainstream society" being those people who like to keep their private parts and underwear covered).
Perhaps saggers might like living in a nudist camp – either way it’s best to think twice before showing off their derriere because the city they’re strolling could have a ban on sagging pants, and it could cost hundreds of dollars in fines and possible jail time. Just an FYI to saggers who need help out of their fashion debacle -- if you purchase clothes from Nordstrom they offer free alterations, or you could simply invest in the fashion item known as a "belt" which can help saggers keep their underwear exclusive to their viewing audience at home, as opposed to the general public.