Baggy pants debate comes to Augusta

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

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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  • by Ginger Location: Brunswick, Georgia on Apr 13, 2008 at 07:06 PM
    I disagree with spending money on catching baggy pants wearers. I'd rather that money get spent on catching murderers and child molesters. Passing that law would just prove ineffective and a waste of alot of time and money. I don't want to see butts hanging out of the someone's baggy pants any more than than any of you, but I think that the bigger underlying issue is the lack of respect and dignity that wearing your pants like that shows to the rest of us. As an employer, I just won't hire someone who shows such a lack of self respect and also respect for others. Also, women have been showcasing their cleavage and butts for far longer and Hollywood has been behind them all the way. Again, it just proves to me a lack of self respect and dignity, and if you are a parent and you showcase your stuff, what in the world are you teaching your kids, a vital part of the next generation!!!!!
  • by wade Location: michigan on Oct 15, 2007 at 03:14 PM
    ok 6 months in jail 500 dollar fine wow how bout this if a mayor gets caught with crack he cant run for re election or federal agents who kill a dog a mother holding a baby and a 14 year old boy because a dude saws off shot gun barrels gets charged with life. But no the only reason the ban baggy pants is because the people who wore them spoke out against the corruption in the police forces and the united states government. if you cant see their *** crack whats the deal ok you see their boxers then look the other way ****. They say it shows to much then okay lets ban swiming in a biki for girls. what about girls wearing short shorts that exposes to much if baggy pants expose to much. if you see people and you see their boxers and you say but you can see their *** through the boxers so they should be banned. to see their *** through their boxers you'd have to be looking at their *** for a while so maybe Atlanta governmeant you just need to keep your eyes away from peoples *****
  • by Tori Location: Home on Sep 28, 2007 at 06:27 AM
    I'm sorry but if the CSRA passes this law then the leaders are more stupid than I thought they were in the first place!! It costs money to have laws passed and enforced and I do not think that with all the new developments going on that we have much of that left. And on another note if y'all are gonna ban baggy pants then I think that guys who wear girls pants should be made against the law and fat people who's clothes are entirely to small should be against the because if we shouldn't be looking at a dudes boxers then I don't want to be looking at nobodys fat!!! I think that everybody should be able to dress freely without taking it to extremes...this law would be taking our freedom to dress the way we want to away!!
  • by denzel Location: virginia on Sep 26, 2007 at 06:11 AM
    yo bagghy pants sould not be a issue on da real tight pants for boys sould be a issue if baggy pants is a issue why is it when blacks have sometting that they like to do bothering no one they got to take it away just leave us alone and go on about your business before i leave what about people that mitch match on da real
  • by max Location: Augusta on Aug 29, 2007 at 03:37 PM
    Baggy pants look terrible. But why would anyone want to pass another law for which we don't expect 100% compliance? How much is it going to cost to enforce this law? Unenforceable laws just create contempt for the rule of law. Are we more scared of speeders, drunk drivers, muggers, murders, or some moron walking around with his pants around his knees? Please let sanity prevail and let’s have the police target folks that are a real threat.
  • by john Location: columbia on Aug 29, 2007 at 09:38 AM
    This should be unconstitutional, many cities is proposing this and I think it is trying to tell people how they can and cannot wear their OWN cloths. Next thing you know all Americans will have to wear US issued uniforms. Would that be better? I THINK NOT!!! Hmmmmmmm
  • by Carol Location: Appling on Aug 28, 2007 at 08:16 PM
    Why is everything racist to ppl the girl said its a attack on young black male shoot i sick of it on everyone. i hate seeing there underware(if they are wearing them) its my right to say pull them up black white or purple or pink dont care what color PULL THEM UP. Thank you.
  • by anonymous Location: augusta on Aug 28, 2007 at 02:19 PM
    i think that it is a great idea. but it makes no sense to make it against the law to wear your pants down and its legal to kill babies everyday, lets not make this a "racial" thing. how is it targeting young black men, white men wear them like that as well. but dont stop with baggy pants keep on with girls showing their [breasts] as well as their butts with the short short skirts or shorts that went out of style a while back.
  • by edward Location: mcg on Aug 28, 2007 at 02:16 PM
    I am behind the Baggy pants debate 100 percent. It's a shame when you go to the hospital to visit and pray for the sick and you have to be confronted with dirty under-ware on the elevator and soiled under-ware on the floors with the sick!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Martinez on Aug 28, 2007 at 10:24 AM
    The children now a days express themselves by wearing their pants the way they do---BUT I agree, if their going to wear their pants down at least wear a t-shirt long enough to cover up your personal clothing--It's not proper to show clevage either---What happened to respecting yourself and having morals?
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