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City Considers Ban on Low Pants

Category: Local Govts & Politics

SBJ Staff

Savannah’s male youngsters could soon be forced to do pull-ups – of their britches.

A citywide “tighten-up campaign” is aimed at sparing tourists and others from seeing youngsters wearing their trousers far below their belts and exposing their underwear. The “low-end” fashion practice is so popular that a youth hired to seat citizens at the city’s quarterly town meeting in late October drew a complaint from a resident for wearing pants that seemed to be heading towards his ankles.

Mayor Otis Johnson was not pleased, and he turned to City Manager Michael Brown for an update on the city’s plan to police the pants. Brown said several Georgia towns, including Bainbridge and Ludowici, have enacted ordinances but have done no actual enforcements. He said the city attorney is looking into whether Savannah can do a low-pants ban without violating anyone’s constitutional rights.

Johnson said that if Savannah does adopt a pants-up ordinance, he will insist on enforcement. The city has enough ordinances already that authorities are neglecting to enforce, he said.

“If they aren’t being enforced, they shouldn’t be on the books,” he said.

The bad-pants ban “will be enforced,” he said.

He indicated distress at the image the low-slung trousers look is giving the city and the example older youngsters are setting for younger ones by practicing the fashion.

The enforcement he envisions, he said, would be aimed at letting kids see how they can enhance their self-esteem by dressing more conventionally.

“We aren’t going to criminalize these young people,” he said. “We’re going to work to change their behavior.”

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