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    More Saggingpantsophobia

    More Saggingpantsophobia

    We’ve seen how concern over saggy pants has become an alleged dog-whistle, or something, for racism, or something, in airport security.

    Now the town of Collinsville, Illinois, has taken it a step further, and is outlawing saggy-pants (h/t reader Mitch):

    The City Council in the southwestern Illinois community voted 3-2 on Monday to ban saggy pants.

    The Belleville News-Democrat reports the ordinance forbids pants that ride lower than 3 to 4 inches below the waistline of the underwear. A first offense is punishable with a $100 fine, while a second offense would carry a $300 fine plus 40 hours of community service.

    The ordinance was passed over the objections of City Manager Bob Knabel, who argued that enforcing it would sidetrack police officers from more important issues.

    But Councilman Mike Tognarelli says he trusts officers to use good judgment. He contends saggy pants are a symbol of gang activity and Collinsville residents don’t need to put up with it.

    Clearly, this is an outrageous violation of the fundamental human right to wear saggy pants.


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    He contends saggy pants are a symbol of gang activity
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    So, why would the police want to stop gang members from signalling they are gang members? That makes them easier to identify and catch.

    But, may the council has evidence that saggy pants CAUSE gang activity. That would be interesting.

    jakee308 | July 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    PS Professor: Sheila Jackson Lee should be the Saturday Race Card Player of the week for implying that the Republicans aren’t raising the debt ceiling because of Obama’s race.

    It has nothing to do with the fact that he’s presented a budget that even the Dems wouldn’t vote for. It has nothing to do with his yearly deficit being 3-4 times what the norm only 4 years ago. It has nothing to do with his refusal to agree to any meaningful cuts.

    No. It’s cause he’s black. Yeah, that’s it.

    el polacko | July 16, 2011 at 12:37 am

    it’s a laughable style but i certainly don’t want government making our fashion choices for us.

    A_Nonny_Mouse | July 16, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Like 49er above, I fear there may be unintended consequences.

    It’s occasionally happened (as televised on one of my guilty pleasures, World’s Dumbest Criminals) that a saggypantser fleeing police has had to stop and pull up his pants to avoid tripping himself; this pause in the chase allows officers to tackle the perp and cart him off to jail.

    It’s one of those social darwinism things: they self-select for removal from society…

    Seanette | July 17, 2011 at 3:43 am

    Maybe I’m just too middle-aged, too female, or too non-ghetto to get it, but when did sociopathic thuggery become admirable and a lifestyle to be emulated in any way?

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