"Too-Baggy Pants" Penalized?

My sister sent me this article in response to a conversation she was having with her teenaged son.  If your teenagers dress like this, you'll probably like it too. It's an old one, but I thought it was interesting. 

Pull up your pants, or you'll pay

...and not a moment too soon! :)

Seriously, the 'style' of baggy pants has been restricted in schools for years. Now Dublin, GA has decided to fine people who go around town wearing pants that look more like potato sacks.  While I can't stand the look (thus my joking above), I wouldn't want to tell random people what to wear. I'm not exactly Miss Fashion Forward myself, after all. Even so, I can see why the people and lawmakers in this town would get sick of looking at it.

The article quotes a suggestion that this might cause racial profiling, saying that "they're the ones wearing the saggy, baggy pants". I can see the concern, but I've seen quite a few whites, Hispanics, Asians, etc doing this. In fact, about half an hour after hearing about this on NPR, I went into a McDonalds only to see a couple of skinny white teenage guys with pants so baggy that they could have hidden a Thanksgiving turkey in there, and no one would be the wiser. Okay, I'm exaggerating, but one of them could at least fit a couple of Cornish game hens.

I'm told that the 'trend' is in imitation of prison inmates, whose pants are so low because they can't wear belts. I just have to ask, why would anyone want to emulate people in prison? I would think that, by definition, those would be the last people to be taking cues from, about fashion or anything else. Oh well, I'm just an old lady.

This whole thing reminds me of a song, filmed less than an hour from me:
Pants On The Ground

Now this will be in your head all day. You're welcome. 

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