Baggy pants debate comes to Augusta

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News 12 First at Five, August 27, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---We've all seen it: people walking around with baggy pants hanging down below their waists. One Augusta pastor says he wants the city to step in.

"It's the start of something that they really don't want to get started." This is according to Miss Monique of Power 107 on a proposed Atlanta law making sagging pants illegal. She says it's a hot topic here in Augusta.

Miss Monique goes on to say, "It's something we don't want to see but I don't think it should be a law against it." And she's not alone. Even members of the r&b community are chiming in.

Carl Thomas was in Augusta Monday promoting his new album. He says, "I don't agree with young men wearing their pants off their behinds." Yet, Thomas says, making a law against it is going too far. He goes on to say, "It's based off of a because we say so concept and that's just not good enough."

It's an offense that could cost you up to $500 dollars and six months in jail. One local leader says he's taking the cause up right here in Augusta. Reverend Larry Fryer says, "Of course, I think it should be and I think that our commissioners and our mayor need to look at those propositions and see whether they are beneficial. I would say for myself that they would be."

The proposed Atlanta ordinance says, "The indecent exposure of his or her undergarments would be unlawful in a public place." It would go in the same portion of the city code that outlaws sex in public places.

Reverend Fryer says he wants to see similar laws in the C-S-R-A. He says, "We live in different times but I think there are some things that don't change and those are morals, values, and respect not only for others but for yourself.

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