Tennessee city creates ordinance that makes wearing saggy pants illegal
Standards – and pants – have been slipping in the Tennessee city of Pikeville, where the mayor has decided things have gotten as low as they can go.
Mayor Phil Cagle is the author of an ordinance that will soon see anyone wearing their pants ‘more than three inches below the top of the hips’ fined for public indecency.
Pikeville is just the latest place in the U.S. to take issue with where young men position their trousers.
Two in Louisiana, Jefferson Davis and Terrebonne Parish have passed ordinances in recent months banning the public wearing of saggy pants with hefty fines for those who choose not to belt up, and others have followed suit in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi.
So why all the palaver over pants?
‘All I know is we just don’t want them running around half-naked on our streets,’ Cagle told the Times Free Press.
‘That’s the bottom line.’
The City Council of Pikesville unanimously approved the ordinance, which will require anyone guilty letting their pants hang ‘more than three inches below the top of the hips (crest of the ilium)’ to pay a fine of $25 for the first offense, and $50 for each offense thereafter.
‘Myself and the City Council, we wanted an ordinance passed in black and white that our officers know what to tolerate and what not to tolerate,’ Cagle told the Times Free Press.
‘Now they know what we expect, and they know how to handle it.’
Pikeville’s ordinance purports to be for the health of its citizens.
It states that ‘there is evidence that indicates that wearing sagging pants is injurious to the health of the wearer as it causes improper gait.’
The trend for wearing the pants very low on the hips may have originated in the U.S. prison system, where inmates are not allowed to wear belts.