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Dunn leader: Pull up pants or pay

Posted July 18, 2012

— Dunn Mayor Pro Tem Carnell Robinson says sagging pants are bringing down the city's image.

He wants to enact an ordinance prohibiting the fashion statement, which is typified by men whose underwear is visible above the waist of their pants.

Under Robinson's proposal, the first two violations would result in a warning. The third time, violators could face a fine of up to $200.

"I believe this form of dress is totally disrespectful," Robinson said Wednesday. "(This is) just a simple matter of the community re-establishing some standards."

He says that higher community standards will result in lower crime.

Saggy pants "is part of a culture that breeds drug sales, drug addictions, crime and murder," Robinson said. "That is not what I want for our community."

saggy pants Dunn leader proposes ban on saggy pants

Dunn resident Shawn Strain said the town should focus on curbing crime more proactively, rather than concerning itself with fashion.

"They should be more concerned with all these people killing people, these little young people raping people and all that," Strain said.

He added that people should be able to dress however they wish.

"If you want to come out with your boxers on, as long as you aren't doing any harm, you should be able to do what you want," he said.

Robinson said Strain's attitude was "misguided."

The proposal will be up for discussion at the Dunn City Council's August meeting. Robinson said he drafted his proposal based on a similar ordinance in Tuscumbia, Ala., one of several towns in the nation that has banned saggy pants.

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  • jjordan231179 Jul 20, 11:35 a.m.

    It's amazing how often folks in this state forget about those ten constitutional amendments called the Bill of Rights.
    Raleighlocal

    The Bill of Rights for most people here is the "Bill of what I want Right".

  • Raleighlocal Jul 20, 10:56 a.m.

    Someone in city government should talk to Mayor Robinson about a little thing called "civil liberties," unless Robinson is trying to invite mountains of litigation against the city. However he feels about visible boxers or sagging pants (which are no more representative of drug culture than suits and ties), he can't tell private citizens what to wear, period. It's amazing how often folks in this state forget about those ten constitutional amendments called the Bill of Rights.

  • jjordan231179 Jul 20, 10:54 a.m.

    Most of the people that wear their pants like that do not realize that it started in jails as a way for inmates to let other inmates know they were willing to have sex........bet if more knew that the fad would be gone.......just saying
    diverchick1041
    July 20, 2012 10:32 a.m.
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    Thats a myth. Just sayin....READ SOMETHING!!!

  • seankelly15 Jul 20, 10:38 a.m.

    driverkid3 - "That is disgusting also, along with the ones that have JUICY printed on their backsides! Give me loose fitting clothing, it feels a lot better."

    Fine... that is your PERSONAL preference not the law of the land.

  • seankelly15 Jul 20, 10:37 a.m.

    driverkid3 - "IIRC, he has already done a couple of things that he had no constitutional authority to do."

    Name one thing....

  • diverchick1041 Jul 20, 10:32 a.m.

    Most of the people that wear their pants like that do not realize that it started in jails as a way for inmates to let other inmates know they were willing to have sex........bet if more knew that the fad would be gone.......just saying

  • jjordan231179 Jul 20, 10:08 a.m.

    Also interesting that you can pretty much tell a person't political leanings by the statements they make. Also, have you ever heard of a dress code, or common decency? Probably not, but I don't have the time to explain it to you this morning.
    driverkid3
    July 20, 2012 9:40 a.m.
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    Only PRIVATE BUSINESSES have dress codes. There is no dress code in the Constitution. You must be a Romney lib. You Obama/Romney libs are near braindead.

  • driverkid3 Jul 20, 9:51 a.m.

    Hans::::This is insane. The president has no constitutional authority to do such a thing.

    IIRC, he has already done a couple of things that he had no constitutional authority to do.

  • driverkid3 Jul 20, 9:44 a.m.

    NotUrTypicalAmerican::::So are they going to equally enforce this upon the women who wear the muffin-top pants, whose only purpose is to show off their thongs? I mean, fair is fair.

    That is disgusting also, along with the ones that have JUICY printed on their backsides! Give me loose fitting clothing, it feels a lot better.

  • driverkid3 Jul 20, 9:40 a.m.

    Thrall-Voljin 2012::::So you are against the Constitution of the United Statres then. Intersting.

    Also interesting that you can pretty much tell a person't political leanings by the statements they make. Also, have you ever heard of a dress code, or common decency? Probably not, but I don't have the time to explain it to you this morning.

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