Florida: The place of sun, oranges, grandparents… and low-hanging pants? Yep, that’s right.
Apparently, low-hanging pants have become such an epidemic in the city of Ocala that wearing them is now punishable by fine and jail time. According to the Ocala Star Banner, the city council voted 4-0 on Tuesday to pass law that if your pants are showing your underwear or bare bottom, you can face up to a $500 fine and six months in jail. Yes, you read that correctly: JAIL. Add this to the list of unusual Florida laws.
But don’t worry, the police department isn’t really looking to get you in trouble for making a fashion statement, they will give everyone a fair warning, but if you don’t comply, you’ll be seeing a judge. “We have the right to say you have to be clothed in public, fashion statement or not,” City Attorney Patrick Gilligan told the newspaper. So, if your caught showing your draws on the sidewalk,in a park, public swimming pool, on the bicycle path or airport… you might have a problem on your hands.
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This news really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Wearing saggy pants is already banned in schools throughout the state, and it’s also illegal in the city of Opa-Locka in Florida. Not to mention, cities in New Jersey, Tennessee and Louisiana have made the whole baggy pants trend against the law. Now, we’re definitely not fans of this look, but as President Obama so eloquently put it back in 2008: “I think passing a law about people wearing sagging pants is a waste of time… There are some issues that we face that you don’t have to pass a law [against], but that doesn’t mean folks can’t have some sense and some respect for other people. And, you know, some people might not want to see your underwear — I’m one of them.”
Head over to the Ocala Star Banner for more information.