Brunswick, Ga., passes 'saggy pants' ban

Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 7:37 AM
Last updated Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 1:19 AM
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BRUNSWICK, Ga. – Saggy pants fans will have 30 days to hitch them up in coastal Georgia.

The City Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve an ordinance it had been kicking around for a couple months, setting the low point that pants can be worn on city property. That’s the uppermost and largest bone of the pelvis, which means that saggers who typically wear their pants below their buttocks to reveal their boxer shorts will have a lot of covering up to do.

Mayor Pro Tem James Brooks proposed the ordinance in August.

“It may be the style, but it’s disrespectful to me and it’s disrespectful to other people, too,” he said then.

Brooks also asserted pants worn low has an economic cost.

“We’re a tourist town,” he said. “We have people coming in, and it looks bad.”

Brooks wanted the ordinance enforced to its fullest effect immediately, a $25 fine for each offense, but Brunswick Police Chief Tobe Green asked for and was granted 30 days to make residents aware of the law. During that time, violators will be issued warnings.

“This is so everybody can get accustomed to what we’re doing,” Green told the commission. “I always like to have that 30-day grace period.”

The city’s Code Enforcement officers and policemen will be charged with seeing that pants are pulled up to the proper height. Violating the ordinance is a non-jailable offense, City Attorney Nathan Williams said. Refusal to pay fines, however, is not. Those cases will go to Municipal Court.

“If someone refuses to pay the fine, they could be held in contempt of court,” he said, and the judge could decide to send the violator to jail until the fine is paid.

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tgentry
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tgentry 09/21/12 - 07:01 am
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Great Idea

Augusta you could learn from this. We have so many saggy pants that its ridiculous. Hey commissioner why not do the same for our area?

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 09/21/12 - 07:33 am
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Dadgum it!
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And I was just begiining to enjoy watching hoods and thugs in their filthy underwear trip over themselves while being chased by the authorities.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/21/12 - 07:43 am
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Yep gentry

Great idea...pull up the pants or pay a fine...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/21/12 - 09:36 am
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Difficult

I don't think this ordinance will fly. But it's nice to know that crime is so low in Brunswick that the police officers have the time and resources to enforce this dress code.

Notice how it applies only to city property. Somehow I don't think city property is where most of the tourists are headed.

burninater
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burninater 09/21/12 - 01:48 pm
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Now if we can just work on

Now if we can just work on that outfit where men tuck their golf shirts really tight into their leather-belted khaki shorts over their loafers with no socks, we will have eliminated two of the great fashion scourges of the South.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/21/12 - 02:00 pm
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Come on burn....

A butt crack & white ankles are worlds apart.....

Ruckus
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Ruckus 09/22/12 - 12:41 am
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County Commisioners pay attention

This would be a great idea if our coumty commisioners would follow suit instead of worrying about nonsense all the time.

Tullie
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Tullie 09/22/12 - 03:45 am
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burninator

said : Now if we can just work on that outfit where men tuck their golf shirts really tight into their leather-belted khaki shorts over their loafers with no socks, we will have eliminated two of the great fashion scourges of the South.

That made me laugh :) I can't get that vision out of my head..LOL

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countyman 09/22/12 - 04:17 am
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Let's force kids to pull up

Let's force kids to pull up their pants, but allow them to drop out of high school with zero skills.. Luckily this dumb ordinance would never pass in the city of Augusta.. Cops have to go around looking at the waist of young men instead of solving actual crimes.. Millions of people across the nation are struggling to make ends meet already.. Who's going to pay the fine of minors? Single moms can't make their 16 year old son pull up his pants once he leaves the house... Instead of the dealing with the problem cities are enforcing how people decide to wear clothes.. The problem is poverty, public housing, education, and opportunity.. The main target of these types of ordinances is always the poorer/working class community, and not the mechanic/plumber.... This will only create additional strife in the Brunswick community...

I hope the city of Augusta, local developers, non profits, etc can build a large educational facility for everybody.. From the young kid who recently dropped out to the guy returning from doing five years in prison...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/22/12 - 05:44 am
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countyman said...

The problem is poverty, public housing, education, and opportunity..

You really floor me sometimes.....poverty & public housing causes the pants to hit the floor.....geeez....REALLY ....how can that be....we have had poverty for ages....also public housing.....amazing thing but this thing with dragging pants just started with last generation or so......& btw public housing is a GIFT from taxpayers..the least they can do is PULL UP THE PANTS!

JRC2024
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JRC2024 09/22/12 - 06:53 am
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Those walking around with

Those walking around with saggy pants just look really out of place. I wonder what happened to make them think they look good. To the criminals, keep them down so you can't run and the police can catch you. What misfits of society they are.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 09/22/12 - 08:26 am
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I have visions of the ACLU

I have visions of the ACLU salivating over the prospects of slapping this down. The better route would be all of the businesses banding together and instituting a dress code such as the infamous "no shirt, no shoes, no service" AND ENFORCE IT.
At a minimum, they've made a huge statement that their are willing to do battle with the misfits.

Tullie
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Tullie 09/22/12 - 11:44 am
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Countyman said:

Who's going to pay the fine of minors? Single moms can't make their 16 year old son pull up his pants once he leaves the house...

That is the problem in a nutshell. These single mothers can't make their children do anything. Their children have no respect for their mothers and they have no respect for authority.

What they think is cool and are emulating is the prisoners with their pants hanging down below their butt.

I have to laugh everytime I see them walking with them holding the front of their pants all wadded up to keep them from falling completely down..yeah they look really cool..they look like an idiot.

And see here we go again worried about how someone is going to pay something.

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