Town Bans Saggy Pants and Skirts (3″ below top of hips)
(CNN) — The mayor of Dublin, Georgia, is expected to sign an ordinance Tuesday that prohibits the wearing of saggy pants. Violators face fines up to $200.
The amendment to the municipality’s indecent exposure ordinance will be put into immediate effect at the city council meeting, Mayor Phil Best told CNN.
It bans the wearing of pants or skirts “more than three inches below the top of the hips exposing the skin or undergarments.”
“We’ve gotten several complaints from citizens saying the folks with britches down below their buttocks was offensive, and wasn’t there something we could do about it,” Best said.
The mayor said after about a year of fielding complaints, he put the city attorney to work researching how other localities have dealt with the derriere dilemma. The result was that council members decided to put exposure due to baggy clothing in the same category as masturbation, fornication and urination in public places.
Patrolling for offenders will be left to local police in the town about 140 miles southeast of Atlanta. Violators could face fines ranging from $25 to $200, or court-mandated community service.
“That’s not our intent, we’d [rather] not fine anybody but we are prepared to,” Best said.