Members of the Terrebonne parish town council want undies out of sight, as they recently passed an ordinance that levels stiff fines for sagging pants. As reported in the New York Daily News, the new rules say bid goodbye to your boxer shorts or pay $50 for a first time offense, $100 for the second, and $100 and 16 hours of public service for each subsequent offense.
Several states have seen efforts in recent years to have sagging pants banned for a variety of reasons. As the Terrebonne ordinance reads,
“Appearing in public view while exposing one’s skin or undergarments below the waist is contrary to safety, health, peace and good order of the parish and the general welfare.”
In New York state back in 2010, state senator Eric Adams launched a campaign to keep underwear out of sight, erecting billboards like the one pictured below to encourage the practice of wearing pants at the proper height.
Even President Obama has chimed in on the issue, speaking to the folks at MTV just before his first election in 2008. While he expressed that passing laws for people to pull their pants up may be going a bit far, he still encourages some respect for public decency.
“Any public official who is worrying about sagging pants probably needs to spend some time focusing on real problems out there [...] Having said that, brothers should pull up their pants,” he continued. “There are some issues that we face that you don’t have to pass a law (against), but that doesn’t mean folks can’t have some sense and some respect for other people. And, you know, some people might not want to see your underwear — I’m one of them.”
So, there you have it. Our president doesn’t want to see your underwear, and some communities feel strongly enough to vote ordinances into law.
Do you think government should have a say in what goes on below the belt of its citizens? Let us know in the comments.
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