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Man pushing to fine people with sagging pants


By Rebecca Powers – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - It's considered acceptable to many young people to wear their really pants low. They call it "sagging."

But Antonio Hayes, a 24-year-old college student, believes sagging pants in public has gone too far.

"I remember back in the early 90s when it first started, it was probably a little bit below the waistline, but now we're talking seeing someone's buttocks hanging out at the same time," Hayes said.

That's why he created his own "no sagging" logo and approached Gulfport's Police Chief and City Council about passing an ordinance prohibiting it in public places, including schools.

"I've been getting a lot of good response from the city councilmen; working with the chief, he likes the whole idea of it."

Hayes said Gulfport would simply be joining a growing trend of larger cities that have "no sagging" policies.

"It's being done all across the United States. Atlanta's doing it. Baton Rouge is taking it on. A senator in New York is working with it."

New York State Senator Eric Adams is trying to get a similar ordinance passed in his state, citing "safety" reasons.

"They can't even walk. It's like they're walking out bow legged or something, holding them up, think about if a dog got after one of those persons."

Hayes thinks "sagging" makes people targets of negative attention and actually promotes profiling.

"Look at yourself in the mirror, pull your pants up and walk outside, and see how they look at you. Then go outside and pull your pants down and sag and see what kind of look you get."

Hayes said other things like loud music and smoking are legislated, why not this?

"It's about having respect for the public. You can do whatever you want behind closed doors, but when you come out in the public, have respect for yourself."

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