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Dunn leader confident ban on saggy pants will pass

Posted August 14, 2012
Updated August 15, 2012

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— Dunn Mayor Pro Tem Carnell Robinson says he is fairly confident that the City Council will approve his proposed ban on saggy pants, a fashion statement typified by men whose underwear is visible above the waist of their pants. 

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

"This is an issue that impacts our total community," Robinson said Tuesday morning. "It is extremely important that our young people rise and realize their full potential. We are partnering with our school system and our faith-based community. We have their support."

Last month, Robinson said he believes the form of dress is "part of a culture that breeds drug sales, drug addictions, crime and murder."

About 100 people showed up to Tuesday night's council meeting for hours of lively debate over the issue. A vote was postponed until Sept. 11.

While some residents said they agree with Robinson, others said town leaders are wasting resources and time worrying about men's waistlines.

"Crime has no face, no face at all," said Jalisa Holiday. "(There are) predators out there who wear ties. What about them? Their pants aren't sagging."

Joy Martin said it comes down to freedom of expression.

"I don't believe in what you're wearing and your underwear showing, but I believe in you having the right to do that if you choose," she said. "I hope the city has money for a lawsuit if they pass this because that's what it's going to come to."

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Robinson said the discussion of the proposal among community members has already generated a shift in culture.

"The dialogue has made a difference. The majority of our kids are now dressing better, parents are talking about it," he said. "We're talking about the 10 percent. I think we've already made a difference in our community."

The proposal was drafted based on a similar ordinance in Tuscumbia, Ala., one of several small towns in the country that has banned saggy pants.

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  • awood2 Aug 16, 2012

    point being about the pants is no one wants to see your dang underwear! Pull up your darn pants!! Showing your underwear now showing your privates next..I don't know about the rest of you but I don't want my kids or grandkids to be seeing to be seeing that mess. My kids know they better not even think about walking up in my house with their pants hanging down like that.

  • wilsmoku Aug 15, 2012

    do we really have to have a law for this , what a waste of tax payer money, how bout a ban on stupid people they really tick me off

  • Lightfoot3 Aug 15, 2012

    "Jordan" its not a muffler its a pipe, mufflers are on cars and trucks.Pipes are on harleys." - dc2000hd


    I ride a Honda, and it has mufflers. :)

  • Lightfoot3 Aug 15, 2012

    "The lady who was talking about people wearing their hair long and trying to us that as an example really showed her smarts now didn't she?" - seven74215


    Yes, she did have a good analogy. People with long hair, ie hippies, were assumed to be on drugs, lazy, up to no good, etc. Jeffrey MacDonald claimed it was a group of hippies that killed his family. I think the saggy look is stupid, but it's still a form of Constitutionally protected free speech.

  • shortcake53 Aug 15, 2012

    greg the only chains that would be nice are the ones holding up your pants. And being "free to express yourself" does not include grossing out everyone else with your dirty dimpled behind.

  • greg69innc Aug 15, 2012

    I thought we were free to express ourselves as we want to. This is another example of the chains our gov't is wanting to put on us.

  • seven74215 Aug 15, 2012

    The lady who was talking about people wearing their hair long and trying to us that as an example really showed her smarts now didn't she? Wearing you hair long doesn't expose your underwear now does it? How's the song go, "looking like a fool with your pants on the ground". Truly apply's to this situation.

  • piene2 Aug 15, 2012

    "More than likely it is the color of the skin that "you people" are automatically associating with fear, not apparel.....JohnnyMcRonny"

    "Of course it is. If the same black man was dressed in a fifteen hundred dollar suit and driving a Mercedes Benz four fifty turbo they would fear him just as much.... piene2

    Really piene2!! "the same black man" no one is talking about Just "black men"...You seriously need to get a life!
    Working4aLiving"

    Amusing but I think not.

  • shortcake53 Aug 15, 2012

    I think its a very sad commentary that instead of being concerned with self respect, dignity, pride in our appearance and just plain manners, a lot are more concerned with pitching a fit until they are permitted to show their behinds to the entire world. The death of common decency is truely sad.

  • Working4aLiving Aug 15, 2012

    More than likely it is the color of the skin that "you people" are automatically associating with fear, not apparel.....JohnnyMcRonny"

    Nope, because youth of ALL colors wear them!

    Of course it is. If the same black man was dressed in a fifteen hundred dollar suit and driving a Mercedes Benz four fifty turbo they would fear him just as much.... piene2

    Really piene2!! "the same black man" no one is talking about Just "black men"...You seriously need to get a life!

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