Wednesday, September 17, 2008
A Good Day for Saggy Pants
Man, I just love that title. It’s fun to say. I mean, it’s not so fun to read, but it’s fun to say out loud. “A Good Day for Saggy Pants.” Sounds like a kiddie book advocating for potty training. Or something.
Anyway, dig this:
A judge has decided a law banning sagging pants is unconstitutional after a teenager spent a night in jail on accusations he exposed too much of his underwear.
Julius Hart, 17, was charged last week after an officer said he spotted the teenager riding his bicycle with 4 inches to 5 inches of blue-and-black boxer shorts revealed.
Hart’s public defender, Carol Bickerstaff, urged a judge Monday to strike down the sagging pants law, telling him: “Your honor, we now have the fashion police.”
Circuit Judge Paul Moyle ruled that the law was unconstitutional based on “the limited facts” of the case. Technically, however, the charge hasn’t been dropped yet: a new arraignment awaits Hart on Oct. 5.
Voters in Riviera Beach approved the law in March. A first offense for sagging pants carries a $150 fine or community service, and habitual offenders face the possibility of jail time.
Sagging is stupid. It’s an idiotic style and people sporting it tend to look dumber than your average 9/11 truther. Okay, maybe not quite that stupid, but playing the same game. Stupid style isn’t a crime, though--a fact which millions of ankle-warmer wearing women in the 80’s are exceptionally thankful for not to mention the mulleted hordes with a Joe Dirt-esque fashion sense.
Hopefully the law will be repealed. Not, admittedly, on grounds of good taste, but because cops shouldn’t be consigned to the role chasing down the aesthetically inept.
If we decide that I’m wrong, though, can we go after the velvet Elvii next?