Quick – call the fashion police! It’s a crack down! Apparently it’s not a hoax but police in Flint, Michigan are attempting to enforce a seemingly crazy ruling, based on indecent exposure law, whereby sagging trousers could result in a stern warning, a fine, or even a prison sentence, depending on just how much buttock is on show. This helpful infographic appeared in the Detroit Free Press so that readers could be fully aware of the legality of their, er, position.
In February 2005, the Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill to make saggy pants a criminal offense. Under the proposed law, pants that reveal your undergarments would have been punishable by a $50 fine. “It’s not about individual rights; it’s about values,” explained the bill’s sponsor, Del. Algie Howell Jr. (D-90th District). “The way you dress does have something to do with how you behave.” After the bill made national headlines and inspired national ridicule, the state Senate rejected it. But Howell may get the last laugh. The Christian Science Monitor reported in June that organizers in Atlanta, Detroit, Nashville, and Birmingham have all staged anti-sagging rallies, where high-waistline activists hand out belts to saggy-pants offenders.
And now Flint is officially a no-sag zone. Plumbers and electricians unite!