Too-Saggy Pants: Banned in Louisiana Town!

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Pants on the ground? Pants on the ground? You lookin' like a fool with your pants on the ground! Better pull ’em up ... if you’re in Terrebonne, Louisiana.

So Many Pants on the Ground!

Passed last week and expected to be signed into law, the town's ban targets the public wearing of pants - and, oddly, skirts - that hang “below the waist.” 

If they “expose the skin or undergarments,” violators will be punished as such:

  1. $50 for the first offense.
  2. $100 for the second offense.
  3. $100 plus 16 hours of community service for each subsequent offense.

“Hopefully, it’ll get these young men to pull up their pants,” Terreborne council member Russell Hornsby told Yahoo! Shine of the saggy pants ban.

Hornsby’s colleague John Navy proposed the ordinance after many constituents had called upon the council to do something about the pants problem.

The ban was approved at an April 10 Parish council meeting by a vote of 8-1 and is expected to be signed into law by council president Michel Claudet.

Navy, though, said he did not know why the new law specified “below the waist,” and seemed confused by that wording when asked about it.

“My understanding was that it was below the butt. I need to look at that again,” he said. “If it’s below your butt and underwear is showing, that’s not proper.”

The only council member opposed? Beryl Amedee, who said, “I’m absolutely not a fan of this style. However, I don’t think the government should legislate style.”

But, Hornsby added, “The problem is our young men are emulating prisoners. It sends a sign that you’re available for sex. It’s a bad example to set.”

The idea that low-slung pants in prison signal some sort of sexual come-on is one long-held, widely disputed belief about the style’s origins.

Another theory is that folks who let their pants sag below the undies are emulating prisoners who have their belts taken away (for fears of suicide) in lockup.

Whatever the inspiration, Terrebonne is making headlines for its law banning them - even as the ACLU says that such laws violate the constitution.

Saggy pants law: Right or wrong?


To justify this law, you must also address females who show camel toe, butt cheeks, nipples, & commando shows too!!

Bobby tucker
@ Liz

Very well stated Liz.


Our first amendment says we have freedom of expression and this law is violating that. I do not like this style but I do believe in these rights. So long as too much skin isn't showing then its not indecent, just tacky. If we let this law pass soon they can pass whatever law they want on our clothing styles like skirt/pant lenghth and colors. This law is not acceptable.


I live in Bogalusa Louisiana and we did this last year! We got nothing about and I don't care to as long as the pants are pulled up. There is a new sheriff in town and he is making changes.


only professional losers walk this way............

Bobby tucker
@ abe

AMEN brother!

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