Wildwood, N.J., wants you to hike your droopy pants
The shore town aims to cultivate a family-friendly image by banning folks from walking the boardwalk 'with their butts hanging out.'
The Jersey shore town is expected to approve a ban at a City Council meeting later Wednesday on what The Associated Press described as "overly saggy jeans that show underwear or skin when worn on the boardwalk." Offenders would be hit with fines ranging from $25 to $200, depending on the severity of the offense. The city also wants people to wear shirts and shoes when walking on the boardwalk.
Mayor Ernie Troiano told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the town is striking a blow for decency and noted that officials are "tired of looking at people walking around with their butts hanging out." He didn't respond to an email from MSN Money.
Wildwood has plenty at stake in diving into this cultural phenomenon.
Tourism is big business at the Jersey shore. About 59 million people visit the region annually, spending about $19 billion every year. The area is especially eager to get the word out that it's open for business in the wake of the devastation wrought last year by Superstorm Sandy.
Critics, however, are mocking the baggy-pants crackdown, which could be unconstitutional, saying it's a clumsy attempt by Wildwood to shed its reputation as a raucous party town whose year-round population of 5,400 swells to more than 150,000 in summer.
"If Wildwood wants to 'maintain a family-friendly image,' their better bet is to stop letting houses rent to packs of 18-year-olds and their much younger friends on senior and prom week trips," Jen Miller wrote on Phillymag.com.
Indeed, a well-intentioned ordinance would be difficult to enforce. Some experts have raised concerns that it could lead to racial profiling. It seems likely that the job of fashion police would fall to the city's Class II Special Law Enforcement officers, who are employed in summer to help keep order. That presents its own problems.
"Most Special law Enforcement Officers are college students, usually but not always criminal justice majors," according to the Wildwood Police Department's website. "Working with our department provides valuable experience to the individual as well as allows the officer to receive credits towards their degree as well as supplementing our ranks."
They may get more of an education than they bargained for.
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I once resolved this issue of saggy baggy pants on a Student. I told him that if he came into my class one more time with his butt and Jockey's Sticking out again I would pull the pants down.
The next day he came into class again with that loverly butt and jockeys band sticking out above his pants which were almost down his butt------while he was talking with peers I simply walked up behind him and literally didn't have to tug just touch those jeans and they went down. He ran out of the class thoroughly embarrassed but apologized to me later that day!
The next day outside my classes door I saw him tie a rope through the pant's lopes and He Came in looking like a young man over that of a wanna be Hoodlum. He learned to respect self and others simply from that act! Couple days later no one in the school had to view those jockeys anymore, as he learned self respect too!
Racial profiling? really?? are we reaching here? Fashion profiling maybe, ageism might be more like it.
The only ones who might be in fear of this law would be young men who haven't a clue as to the meaning of drooping pants. If they did I do believe this would stop. As far a racial profiling I have unfortunately seen all color of ****'s since the new style has come about, all brands and styles of underwear too!. I give a big Kudos's to Jersey stepping up and saying no more! Wish more people would do the same.
I am the mother of two young men and trust me if their pants started sagging they knew it, because I came right behind them and pulled them up rather rapidly. Belts became their new best friend after a couple times of that. And the belts where around their waist not their buttocks.
What kind of society have we become when decency is unconstitutional? Our For Fathers have got to be rolling over in their graves right about now!
I always thought that the baggy pants made it look like the guys had pooped in their pants!
It's disgusting! Not interested in "seeing it all"....on either sex!
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