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http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/09/17/baggy.pants.ap/index.html

TRENTON, New Jersey (AP) -- It's a fashion that started in prison, and now the saggy pants craze has come full circle -- low-slung street strutting in some cities may soon mean run-ins with the law, including a stint in jail. <!--startclickprintexclude--> <!----><!--===========IMAGE============-->
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<!--endclickprintexclude--> Proposals to ban saggy pants are starting to ride up in several places. At the extreme end, wearing pants low enough to show boxers or bare buttocks in one small Louisiana town means six months in jail and a $500 fine.
A crackdown also is being pushed in Atlanta, Georgia. And in Trenton, New Jersey, getting caught with your pants down may soon result in not only a fine, but also a city worker assessing where your life is headed.
"Are they employed? Do they have a high school diploma? It's a wonderful way to redirect at that point," said Trenton Councilwoman Annette Lartigue, who is drafting a law to outlaw saggy pants. "The message is clear: We don't want to see your backside."
The bare-your-britches fashion is believed to have started in prisons, where inmates aren't given belts with their baggy uniform pants to prevent hangings and beatings. By the late 80s, the trend had made it to gangster rap videos, then went on to skateboarders in the suburbs and high school hallways.
"For young people, it's a form of rebellion and identity," said Adrian "Easy A.D." Harris, 43, a founding member of the Bronx's legendary rap group Cold Crush Brothers. "The young people think it's fashionable. They don't think it's negative."
But for those who want to stop the fashion see it as an indecent, sloppy trend that is a bad influence on children.
"It has the potential to catch on with elementary school kids, and we want to stop it before it gets there," said C.T. Martin, an Atlanta councilman. "Teachers have raised questions about what a distraction it is."
In Atlanta, a law has been introduced to ban sagging and punishment could include small fines or community work -- but no jail time, Martin said.
The penalty is stiffer in Delcambre, Louisiana, where in June the town council passed an ordinance that carries a fine of up to $500 or six months in jail for exposing underwear in public. Several other municipalities and parish governments in Louisiana have enacted similar laws in recent months.
At Trenton hip-hop clothing store Razor Sharp Clothing Shop 4 Ballers, shopper Mark Wise, 30, said his jeans sag for practical reasons.
"The reason I don't wear tight pants is because it's easier to get money out of my pocket this way," Wise said. "It's just more comfortable."
Shop owner Mack Murray said Trenton's proposed ordinance unfairly targets blacks.
"Are they going to go after construction workers and plumbers, because their pants sag, too?" Murray asked. "They're stereotyping us."
The American Civil Liberties Union agrees.
"In Atlanta, we see this as racial profiling," said Benetta Standly, statewide organizer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia. "It's going to target African-American male youths. There's a fear with people associating the way you dress with crimes being committed."<!--startclickprintexclude--> E-mail to a friend
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that has to be the most retarded thing i ever herd..next thing u know ull have to wear what the government wants u to wear..
 

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that is some retarded shit! OMG what the fuck!?
 

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wow, what is this world coming to...going to jail for not wearing a belt. Things have really changed. What if someone couldnt afford a belt and has only one pair of pants?
 

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yeah a pair of hand me downs from daddy who weighs just a little too much?
 

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Exactly...there getting bored now and making laws for everything. No smoking near kids in a car, no text messaging, cell phones, etc.
 

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I thought police like these guys wearing baggy loose jeans. That way if they do decide to run on foot, the officers catch them 100% due to the fact most of the times the pants fall down and get caught on their ankles.
 

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I'm all for baggy pants if they're worn by hot chicks with thongs (or nothing at all underneath.) :D
 

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"The reason I don't wear tight pants is because it's easier to get money out of my pocket this way,"
omgwtfbbq :wtf: that's :bs:

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"It's going to target African-American male youths. There's a fear with people associating the way you dress with crimes being committed."
this is where its gonna get out of hand. I have not seen ANYTHING about banning saggy pants because of crimes being committed by black people. Stop making it a race issue.....I've seen PLENTY of white kids wearing saggy pants.
 

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Dude maybe because i'm older but if you wore your pants down around your knees in school, the remarks would have been merciless :rofl: dude can't afford pants the fit! then the depanting would start, walk down the hall and football guy would grab your pants and pull. Cold or are you just short?
 

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as long as cute girls are still allowed to wear low cut jeans with a maybe a hit of thong i think we'll be ok
 

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I think its a good thing.....black, white, or any other race im tired of seeing peoples asses because their pants are down to their knees....maybe going to jail is a bit much, but i definately think showing asses or boxers shouldnt be allowed. In my opinion it is a retarded style no offence to anyone.
 

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I think its a good thing.....black, white, or any other race im tired of seeing peoples asses because their pants are down to their knees....maybe going to jail is a bit much, but i definately think showing asses or boxers shouldnt be allowed. In my opinion it is a retarded style no offence to anyone.
who cares.. better fitting pants will help everyone run from the cops anyway
 

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I think its a good thing.....black, white, or any other race im tired of seeing DUDES asses because their pants are down to their knees....maybe going to jail is a bit much, but i definately think showing asses or boxers shouldnt be allowed. In my opinion it is a retarded style no offence to anyone.

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how do i miss these? all i can say is this is no longer "land of the free" when the government can control what you wear and how u wear it.
 

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I rather wear baggy jeans and look like a douche, then wear tight jeans and look the Ghey, I see all the kids now wear skinny jeans,lookin all ghey with there long douchy haircuts
 
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