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Gautier considering ordinance banning saggy pants

A young man wears saggy pants on the Wildwood, N.J. boardwalk. Gautier's city council could vote on an ordinance that would prohibit the wearing of saggy pants.
A young man wears saggy pants on the Wildwood, N.J. boardwalk. Gautier's city council could vote on an ordinance that would prohibit the wearing of saggy pants. AP/2013

Gautier could soon join a handful of Mississippi towns -- and probably more than a handful Mississippi parents -- in telling people to pull up their pants (or skirts).

In this case though, a fine of up to $250 could give that admonishment some additional weight.

The City Council is set to vote on a proposed public indecency ordinance at its regular Tuesday evening meeting.

Number six on the list of prohibited acts reads, "Intentionally wearing pants or skirts below the top of the hips (crest of the ilium, or pelvis bone) in a manner designed to reveal one's skin or undergarments."

In non-legalese, that would mean: Don't wear saggy pants.

"We've had a problem with guys walking down the sidewalks with their pants way too low. It's indecent," said Councilwoman Mary Martin, who introduced the ordinance. "I've had complaints. We've all gotten complaints."

This is the first time such an ordinance has been proposed in Gautier but other towns and counties have enacted similar policies. Martin would like to see more across the Coast.

A citation under the ordinance would be punishable by a fine of between $75 and $250. The court could also order the offender to participate in up to 40 hours of community service.

If the ordinance passes on Tuesday, it will become effective in 30 days.

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