PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - City council meetings are a chance for citizens to express concerns they have for the community. Pascagoula's Tuesday night council meeting was no different. One couple's concern just might have the city stumped.
The couple wanted the city to issue a ban on baggy pants.
The style has been around for quite a while, but the City of Pascagoula is hearing from people who think it may be time to end the saggy pants trend. The topic of a baggy pants ban was brought up Tuesday night at a council meeting, but putting a ban in place may not be as easy as it sounds.
"That gets into areas of freedom of expression, first amendment rights and so forth," said City Attorney Eddie Williams.
Williams' issue with the ban is in the details. As of now, the law doesn't stop people from just wearing boxers in public.
"If they put on a pair of shorts and they expose their boxer shorts, is that going to be indecent exposure? I don't think so," said Williams.
According to Williams, a ban could be considered an infringement on a person's rights. If you ask residents, it falls under another category.
"It's called decency," said Robin Knobf.
Knobf doesn't make the rules for the city, but when it comes to her home, she lays down the law.
"It's very rude. I do not like it. My boys wear belts," said Knobf.
If the ban is passed, how should the city enforce it? Knobf has an answer.
"A $100 fine, every time. You get three, you're going to jail," Knobf said.
The issue then becomes how to measure if pants are too low.
"When you can see, you know, down here," said Pascagoula resident Willie Moffett, as she motioned to below her own waistline.
Moffett may have a hard time defining an improper level of sag, but when it comes to reasoning with those who want to sport the fashion, she says it's all about perspective.
"It's a thing they do in prison. Why would you want to do what they do in prison on the street," said Moffett.
Similar baggy pants bans have been brought up two other times in Pascagoula's recent past. Both were not approved by the council.