Tom Weathersby, a Republican serving in the Mississippi House of Representatives, recently pushed forward House Bill 1353, which prohibits the wearing of pants, shorts or any other clothing bottom in a way that exposes underwear or body parts in an indecent or vulgar manner. Wearing jeans below the waist, exposing underwear and more continues to be popular in many communities.
“Personally, I like to see people dressed when they’re in public and I like to see people with their pants up” Weathersby told Mississippi Today.
Sounds like Weathersby has been watching some Bernie Mac Show (RIP).
If passed, the bill will propose some strange penalties. For the first and second offense the offender will face a verbal warning. If the offender is a minor, their parents or guardians will be notified. The third offense will cost you $20, the fourth $30, and the fifth $40. Now this is where it gets weird, The sixth offense will be $100 and come packaged with psychological and social counseling by the Department of Human Services and the Department of Mental Health..
That escalated quickly.
According to Mississippi Today, several other governments in Mississippi have also tried to implement anti-sagging ordinances but those attempts were unsuccessful. However some cities around the country have successfully banned the sagging of pants – Wildwood, New Jersey and Opa-Locka, Florida to name a couple.
The argument that the banning “sagging” pants goes against the First Amendment right to freedom of expression and speech has been going on for a while now. For one reason or another, many attempts to ban sagging has failed, but that trend could change.