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Baggy pants made illegal in Louisiana town

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TERREBONNE PARISH, LA (PIX11) – If you’re a fan of saggy pants,  avoid the town of Terrebonne Parish, LA as the trend there is now illegal.

The Terrebonne Parish council recently voted to outlaw saggy pants, vowing to fine anyone caught with their pants drooping below their waist.

First time offenders will reportedly be fined $50, while a second offense will cost them $100.

Despite advocates’ claim saying that wearing saggy pants was freedom of expression and banning it would be unconstitutional, the council voted eight to one in favor of the ordinance.

We can only assume that baggy pants prince Justin Bieber won’t be making any tour stops in Terrebone Parish anytime soon.

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337 Comments to “Baggy pants made illegal in Louisiana town”

    Baggington said:
    April 16, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    ok, how am i supposed to know which black people i should be afraid of?

    anonymous said:
    April 16, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    should a woman be aloud to wear a shirt that shows Any cleavage then? how short is too short for skirts or shorts? how much make up is too much? what about tshirts with slogans some could find offensive? what about tube top shirts and such that show womens bells? how about large piercings? offensive tatoos that clothes your wearing dont cover up? ….seems to me like one group of people in being unfairly targeted with this. and half of these supporting comments on here are severely racist or hate filled speech..

    southernofficer said:
    April 16, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    i've seen enough perps get caught tripping over their saggy pants while fleeing from police to know that this ban is bad for law enforcement.

    Gofer Stew said:
    April 16, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    You can't hold a gun if you need to hold your pants.

    Ron said:
    April 16, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Making this illegal and in the law books poses too many risks that outweighs the benefits. Education starts at home and within the community. That is the real breakdown. Similar to this baggy pants issue is free speech. How many people speak foul and undesirable language that we wish to censor? It's the same deal here. KKK, black panthers, and similar organizations still have that right to gather and have borderline but legal assembly. Baggy pants breaks no current laws, (indecent exposure is the closest; however, no one is exposing anything but clothing that we wish not to see, but clothing nevertheless). Regulating dress through legislation is not the answer. It starts at home, and besides, there are more and better solutions to this problem, some of which are already in place; such as dress codes in public places (restaurants, stores, airports, etc.), all gov't ran facilities and transportation (buses, metros, etc.), job prospects, and many other legal but effective ways in dealing with the matter.

    Pastor Ron said:
    April 16, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    I don't want me or my wife looking at someone's dirty drawers because they won't pull their pants up. When they wear tem like that, the chains that folks fought and died to have removed are being placed back on. Consider this, they are walking like chains are on their feet, running like chains are on the feet. It's the stupid mentality of it all. And yet, is it constitutional to place a ban on something like this just because it's distasteful. Maybe there should be a ban on buttcracks, excessive cleavage or unzipped pants as well. JUST SAYIN!

    Kenneth penn said:
    April 16, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Nobody wants to there freaking underwear anyway…good movie…this should be everywhere and done a long long time ago like when they all started this

    Klefxn said:
    April 16, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Can we please get the confederate flag banned also. I'm more offended by that then sagging pants.

    Marty said:
    April 16, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    let them wear their pants down to their ankles if they want – it's easier for the authorities to catch them when they try to avoid apprehension

    Michael said:
    April 16, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    I'm too old, so I think this fad is just not right. In my youth, 'bell bottoms,' 'hot pants' and 'mini skirts' were the fad. Yes, they were somewhat radical(really?) at the time, but to create a look for yourself that is totally disrespectful of yourself, and makes me smile how far down our morals have gone and frightfully, where our society will bottom out is yet to be seen. We need to draw a line at some point, granting rights has gotten us into so many issues that could be avoided if we had the fortitude to exemplify positive moral values. Society has fallen to a downward spin since we've removed the bible from the school. Yes, that will arise a large number of views, but I can remember saying the Pledge of Alligence every morning in school. How many students could honestly even recite that today?

    Kenneth penn said:
    April 16, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    It’s about time something’s done , any whit does some people always think it a race issue , get the fuck over it blacks are not the only race that was in slavery

    Tyler said:
    April 16, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    while yes it is stupid to wear your parents so low it is absolutely ridiculous this passed as a law. this is a DEMOCRACY were not North Korea. what if a style you like (not that im in anyway a fan of this) were seen as stupid by others and it was then made illegal?? while wearing your pants half way down your ass isnt attractive to most, the simple idea of our country being free is in jeopardy by sheep people like yourselves supporting this inane law! what will they outlaw next??

    Steve said:
    April 16, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Great law, but should have been attached to a bill that say’s all La. police must weigh less than 250# and all the Swamp Rats and Coon Asses must have front teeth.

    Wags said:
    April 16, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    O I dont know.
    Maybe they DO know the REAL reason BEHIND ,,,it.

    95 Percent are thugs that wear them.
    O gee.
    Whats the percentage of THEM in prisons???

    Wags said:
    April 16, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    WEll lets see.
    its not America anymore.

    So,,you put a stop to whatever ya want!!!
    Or DONT put a stop to whatever.

    LIke …lets see.

    ILLEGAL immigrants.
    Political Correctness
    I figure if we cant say MERRY CHRISTMAN anymore,,,because it offends people,,,like the PC LIberals say it does,,,then to us that saggy faggy pants offend us,,,then it should be stopped.

    What else can I go off on???

    TIM said:
    April 16, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    SOME THINK ITS A RACE ISSUE, ITS NOT, STOP BRINGING RACE INTO EVERYTHING, THERE ARE STUPID PEOPLE IN ALL RACES THAT LET YOU SEE THIER DIRTY UNDERWEAR, IT IS A DIRTY HABIT THAT STARTED IN JAIL. WHEN MY GRANDSONS FRIENDS COME INTO MY HOME WITH THIER BUTTS HANGING OUT I TELLTHEM TO PULL THIER PANTS UP OR GET OUT, IT THEY COMPLAIN AND SAY ITS THE STYLE, I THEN TELL TO JUST GET OUT

    Stewart Brodian said:
    April 16, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Even though this goes against freedom of expression, I think it’s a step in the right direction.
    I’m sure the mayor of this town doesn’t appreciate people walking around his town looking like bums.

    Keith said:
    April 16, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    I wish I had my camera with me at WalMart a couple of months ago. One young punk in there was sagging his pants and too bad he should have checked to make sure his skid marks on his drawers were not visible to those behind him. YUCK… and PULL UP YOUR DAMN PANTs…

    Zach said:
    April 16, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    This is the craziest thing I have heard in a long time! It doesn't matter if you think saggy pants looks bad or is tasteless. It is sad that people are trying to take away our freedom to dress how we like. I don't wear saggy pants but I sure as heck don't think people should be fined if they want to. I guess theTerrebonne Parish council has made itself the fashion police.

    HeyZeus said:
    April 16, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    First time this gets challenged in Federal Court, the parish will be paying a lot of people A LOT of money. I think the whole sagging thing is beyond ignorant myself; however you cannot trample on someone's freedoms that are guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. There are civil rights attorneys lining up right now looking for the first person who want to sue.

    SCOTUS will affirm the Right.

    Denny said:
    April 16, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    IIf this makes it past the surprime court,then I hope every state passes laws like this one!!!!

    mike said:
    April 16, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Just another case of government getting into our personal lives and taking away a little more of our freedom. There should be laws about making laws that get into peoples lives. Freedom in america is gone. When I was a kid and you dressed stupid peer pressure was used to deter the action not some red necked jim bob who sits on some council and can make a law that affects out civil liberties.

    chief said:
    April 16, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    With any luck we will see Bieber in prison and you can be sure he will be wearing baggy panys

    Jesse said:
    April 16, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    It is of course a ridiculous look, but I think this is another example of government overstepping its boundaries. If you want to look like a total jackass it is your constitutional right to do so. All they are doing is showing their lack of class and the inability of their parents to teach them how to dress. I think we should spend more time on addressing the atrocious parenting skills in this country as that is the core route of this problem.

    ALLLFORALLL said:
    April 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    I guess these politicians have never been to Miami,Bourbon st,or watch cable they need to pass a law banning DUMB ASS POLITICIANS from wasteing taxpayers hard earned money

    None said:
    April 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    thank goodness!!! now if only connecticut can follow suit! it's the most disgusting trend i have ever seen. i really don't understand the point of it.

    Robert said:
    April 16, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    alright.to all those saying its less intellgient or we look stupid or we're fags you all got your opinons,but before you all just assume. this has been a trend since the 90's,get the hell over it. I have a 3.5 in school and sag my pants as low as i want, i have never had a girl turn me down cause "my pants were to low", and i have plenty of family and friends that have been to prison, that whole thing is just a rumor. I cant speak for every prison, but i know for a fact if the homosexuals did use it as a way to flaunt themselves then my family would have corrected it asap.you can laugh all you want but pull out your guy's photos from the 80's and see how uch we laugh

    CommentGuy7 said:
    April 16, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    We, as citizens CAN determine what is appropriate and not, in public. I, as a citizen, do not think this is appropriate. Let's vote on it and go on to the next item.

    Some nameless pinheaded and nameless beaurocrat is not telling us what to wear. The citizens collectively getting together are determining this. Next item…..

    CommentGuy7 said:
    April 16, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Showing us your underwear is not a form of expression, it is idiocy, distasteful. That is why you…ok, most people, wear their UNDERwear under other clothing.

    Unless your superman or other superheroes, you keep your dirty underwear in your pants, skirts whatever. IT IS NOT A FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION ISSUE. Jeesh, what idiocy.

    Tired of it all said:
    April 16, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    I think it is a terrible look.
    Who wants to look at another person's underwear!
    It should be considered indecent exposure! And fined or arrested as any other indecent exposure crime!

    Lyn said:
    April 16, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    If you don't like the laws there stay out of the Parish. They didn't just wake up one morning and say "let's make it illegal to wear your pants saggy". There were enough complaints to warrant it. There are several Parishes in Louisiana that have that law. I personally have witnessed guys walking down the street holding up their pants with underwear and butt crack showing and almost showing pubic hair. Not a pretty picture and not one small children should be exposed to.

    herb said:
    April 16, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    There are more important issues to worry about. This one is near the bottom. Not illegal to show you are stupid.

    Corinne said:
    April 16, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    When i see them i just want to run up with a staple gun and fix them :)

    james said:
    April 16, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    There should not only be a ordinance banning sagging, but it should also ban women who walk around half naked or in tights or spandex that is clearly made to be worn under CLOTHES. Our desire to sell sex is ruining us.

    Shelby said:
    April 16, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    It's sagging, not baggy pants, who ever wrote this needs to get their terms straight.

    I am a girl and I have BAGGY sweat pants but my butt isn't hanging out of them they are just loose.
    SAGGING is where guys boxers hang out.

    Sheesh, can't anyone get anything right these days?

    Mr_Blacc said:
    April 16, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Each generation has it's hang ups regarding inappropriate public attire.Along those lines each generation prompts a group of hypocrites to take center stage to condemn budding trends in an effort to maintain control. This is no different; although I have to say, assessing criminal charges to a style or trend goes beyond what I would expect from society. This particular case as to do with whites opposing blacks on every ground afforded to them.

      anonymous said:
      April 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      If you think this is just against blacks you are wrong.I see whites, orientals and hispanics doing it to.So it seems to me it is not a race issue it is a common decency issue.If a city or parish wants to give a fine because they want to beautify their city and you are not complying then I am for this law.

    donk said:
    April 16, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    They article says that "baggy" pants were made illegal, but all the pictures show "sagging" pants that aren't baggy at all. Which one is illegal?

    Jack Wooten said:
    April 16, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    How stupid to start with. Who wants to see a BUNKs drawers anyway.

    donk said:
    April 16, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    What about fat white guys who have no posterior to hold up their pants? Will they be subject to the same ban?

    GGGGGGuest. said:
    April 16, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    That's the government for ya! I dislike saggy pants but if the people wanna look tacky and wear them, let them. This is just another way of the GOVERNMENT to control us. Whats next?

    donk said:
    April 16, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    They better get started on building new jails.

    CRASH603 said:
    April 16, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    They are NOT BAGGY Pants They are SAGGY Pants.If you get the headline Right MORE will read it and agree with it.

    chris said:
    April 16, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Atleast when they get to jail the inmates will have it easy with them seeing their pants are already down around their ankles.

    Joni said:
    April 16, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    As a lifelong resident of Terrebonne Parish and a former Sheriff’s office dispatcher all I can say is, IT’S ABOUT TIME!!!!! They have gotten way out of hand with this trend.

    Free Will Power said:
    April 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    FIRST, the prison culture reference is not the origin of the "sagging" pants. It is a by product of socio-economic positioning. When you're forced to wear hand me downs (sometimes as the third or fourth owner depending on family size!), you don't have control over the sizes. A belt or rope to hold up your pants were the only solace. Fast forward into my era, and unbeknownst to most, this is still an issue in our communities. Everyone that has a droop in their pants, or an inseam sits above the suggested sock line, is not attempting to blend. SECOND, as intellectuals of sorts, we should be aware that as with any other petty grievance in history that has received the spotlight, this (reaction) too will cause the opposite effect. If we spent the same fervor on improving the way our children are educated and receive information than on the garments that adorn their asses, you would probably see less of said asses.

    robert foster said:
    April 16, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    g r8

    proov said:
    April 16, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    tere

    Steve Ohhh said:
    April 18, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Dennis Leary said it best "PULL UP YOUR PANTS… WE DON'T WANT TO SEE YOUR UNDERWEAR… THAT'S WHY IT IS CALLED UNDER-F***ING-WEAR". The people who sport this "style" look ridiculous.

    Good move on the town's part to ban it. It should be a nation-wide thing.

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