We are all familiar with school and/or work dress codes but have you ever heard of a town or a state having a dress code? Do you think that the town or state you live in should be the ones to determine what clothing you should be able to wear and how to wear it and if you don’t follow it you will have to pay fines? One town is currently trying to pass a new law banning certain clothing and people are not happy about it. This new law paves the way for law enforcement to be able to contact certain individuals that feel might doing something wrong.
According to USA Today, Better pull those britches up!
A South Carolina town passed an ordinance on Tuesday banning saggy pants that “intentionally” display undergarments, according to local reports.
The Timmonsville Town Council approved the new rules on Tuesday night in a 5-1 vote, WBTW-TV reported.
The ordinance bans people from being naked in public, showing pornographic material and from wearing pants that show their underwear.
Under the new ordinance, law enforcement will give first offenders a verbal warning, and second-time offenders may be placed in a registry of repeat offenders. For those who break the ordinance up to three times, a $100 to $600 fine may be issued, according to WMBF-TV.
Timmonsville Mayor Pro Tem William James, Jr., said the ordinance is about self-respect, WMBF-TV reported.
On the Timmonsville town Facebook page, some commented that the ordinance was long overdue.
“It’s about time that someone does something,” April McKee Biddle said in a comment. “It is indecent. My 8-year-olds have pointed out to me men with their belt buckles right over their privates. That, in my eyes, is very near exposure.”
And while the measure may seem extreme, Townville isn’t the first town to pass dress code measures targeting saggy pants. Laws banning saggy pants kept popping up in the news several years ago, though the measures weren’t all well received.
A Florida town repealed its saggy pants law shortly after is passed in 2014 when the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People threatened to sue, WKMG-TV reported.
It makes me wonder what they are trying to accomplish with passing these laws and if the problem is really that bad there. It might just be me, but it seems like the government could be using their resources on bigger issues that the state currently faces.
Share your thoughts on whether or not you think this law is going too far or if you agree with it. What other crazy laws have your state or town passed?