Skip to comments....Tennessee city creates ordinance that makes wearing saggy pants illegal
Posted on 05/19/2014 1:53:40 PM PDT by Morgana
FULL TITLE: Don't get caught with your pants down: Tennessee city creates ordinance that makes wearing saggy pants illegal
Standards - and pants - have been slipping in the Tennessee city of Pikeville, where the mayor has decided things have gotten as low as they can go.
Mayor Phil Cagle is the author of an ordinance that will soon see anyone wearing their pants 'more than three inches below the top of the hips' fined for public indecency.
Pikeville is just the latest place in the U.S. to take issue with where young men position their trousers.
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It’s a sad commentary that we need laws to spell this out.
But, I have seen one too many people with these baggy pants. It’s both guys and girls who wear these pants, not restricted to certain ethnic groups either.
And then they are in front of you, they bend over, and you get to see the great divide. Not a pretty sight. But, they want to expose themselves. It’s good to clarify exactly what is indecent in public, since people can’t police themselves in this area.
A simpler solution is simply including exposure of one’s undergarments in the “indecent exposure” ordinance.
I see London, I see France. I see someone’s underpants.
Will be overturned as unConstitutionally racissss
I like the sound of that.... I would even go as far as not allowing boys/men to wear ear rings or pony tails.
Might consider a exception for Pirates and Indians
It’s about time government bureaucrats got into the business of controlling the clothes that people must wear.
They'll be citing a lot more teenage girls than baggy-pant wearing boys.
I see London, I see France. I see someones underpants.
Replaces the Miranda rights.
They need to crack down on this.
“Will be overturned as unConstitutionally racissss”
This type of ordinance simply can’t be enforced. It reminds me of attempts to outlaw obscenity. One judge said, “I can’t define it, but I know it when I see it.” But that standard repeatedly failed in higher court tests.
There was a time when it was illegal for women to show their knees. As much as I’d like to see people dress better, there is no way to legislate it.
What has to happen is the fashion trend setters need to dress better. When that happens the world’s followers will also dress better.
What they don’t seem to realize is how the way they dress affects how people see and treat them. I always wear a long-sleeved shirt and slacks. Clerks and just people I meet treat me wonderfully well and I respond with eye contact and a smile. It makes life much easier.
Excellent points ... and this is what should be required of teachers and what should be taught to students (too many teachers look too much like students, so how can they expect to be respected by the students?)
You condemn the majority of middle age plumbers.
So, how about speedos?
IMO that would just result in lots of people not bothering to wear underwear. Pants would still hang down and it would be worse than it is now.
One thing that I have discovered over the years is that you have to be very, very specific with people or you get a lot of “Well, why didn’t you say that in the first place” comments. There is no accounting for taste, class or common sense.
My accountant would have a tough time with that.
The first man I knew with an earring was a middle aged Republican grain farmer in Montana who flew his own plane—in the 60s.
They need "Crack Spackle" or a long-tailed Tee.
This town is in the next county to me. About as white as you can get.
Or at least adds a little comedy (when they fall all the way down: Scenes We’d Like To See/ cue Benny Hill music)
I believe that you are correct.
You know, I usually try to look good, unless Ive just cleaned a house or something. And I usually get good service in stores, get treated well by police, etc. I never made the connection before.
This is the small town where much of Forrest Gump was filmed.
I live about five miles to the north east of this town.
“I never made the connection before.”
My crazy neighbor was suing me. To make their case look better they decided they’d accuse me of trying to threaten their “little children.” (That’s the statutory language for getting a restraining order in Florida. Their kids were strapping big teenagers.) I got home from work and did not change out of my formal shirt, slacks and tie as I was busy working on something. A knock sounded at my door. It was a deputy with his gun partially drawn. He took one look at me, relaxed and dropped his gun back in his holster. He told me what I’d been accused of, looking in my neighbor’s little children’s windows.” It was roughly 6 pm and still bright out. I asked when this had occurred. He said, “two hours ago.” I said, “Well, let’s go check my cameras to see if I left the house.” I proved I hadn’t left the house. But after that, I kept a formal shirt near the door and a tie all ready to drop on and snug up. I think that shirt and tie saved me from getting drawn-down on. (They refused to arrest them for a false report as it was just “one of those neighborhood disputes.”)
Hood...more cities need to crack down. I hate seeing boxers in malls or even in upscale restaurants.
was said with tongue in cheek, we make exception for Pirates, Indians and accountants
Expect an 0bama-plant federal judge to strike down this ordinance in 3... 2... 1...
When not at work, I tend towards jeans and a tshirt, weather permitting. I get the same treatment as you mostly, it may have less to do with your attire and more with your demeanor.
Let me guess, you are personable, pleasant, look folks in the eye and treat them like human beings.
My father (RIP) had a few things drilled into my head early on ...
2 things you cannot avoid - death and taxes
You cannot legislate common sense
As you correctly state (IMO), there’s no way to write this that won’t create as many issues as it intends to solve. Are we really going to write a ticket every time a woman’s bra strap slips outside of her tank top? Camisoles are underwear, and are worn under all manner of sheer tops. Gonna write them up too?
The desire to do this is rooted in something I can understand, but this is not the proper function of a state/local government. Again, JMO.
“When not at work, I tend towards jeans and a tshirt, weather permitting. I get the same treatment as you mostly, it may have less to do with your attire and more with your demeanor.”
I try to be personable and pleasant, but another thing that would help is if you’re really good looking. You can dress in cr*p if you look like a Hollywood leading man. But at 60, I’m still trim, but I’m so far from handsome you can’t even see it from where I stand.
I’m just a couple of years younger, but I have all my hair, LOL,
I resemble no Hollywood leading man, but am a bit on the far side of outgoing.
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