The town of Dublin, Georgia, is putting saggy, baggy pants in the category of indecent exposure, with violators facing fines of up to $200.
Dublin Mayor Phil Best said he plans to sign this week an amendment to the municipality’s indecent exposure ordinance. The amendment, which Best plans to put into immediate effect at the City Council meeting, prohibits 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.
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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.
Dublin residents are divided on the issue.
Lashika Haynes supports the push to force folks to pull up, “It’s just disrespectful by showing your drawers to people,” she said.
But there are those who feel that the ordinance singles out a specific group of citizens.
Jean Wolf, who volunteers with young black men in the community said, “They’re the ones wearing the saggy, baggy pants.”
Wolf said she believes the ordinance will lead to profiling by authorities.
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