Are you an old fogy like me. Are you kind of old fashioned like I am. If you are, I have good news for you, the city of Albany, Georgia has a law to prevent the wearing of baggy saggy pants. Everybody has noticed at one time or another that particularly teens are wearing their trousers just a little below their waste. Normally you get a glimpse of their striped boxers if they have underwear on at all. Albany plans to stop this silliness by the law that was enacted about a year ago. On November 23, of last year a law was enacted in Albany to prevent people from wearing baggy saggy pants. I'm not sure if their law violates our right of free speech or not; but I'm sure some folks may want to argue the point; particularly teenaged boys, who seem to be the biggest offenders.
Since the law was enacted the town has collected almost $4,000 in fines and issued close to 200 citations. On the first offence of letting your underwear be seen, you get a slap on the wrist with a $25 fine. The fine can be as much as $200. The ordinance reads that you can not have the top of your pants or top of your skirt lower than three inches below the top of your waste.
I think that it is absolutely ridiculous that laws have to be enacted to regulate how clothes are to be worn. My mom and dad taught me how to pull my pants up when I was about three. They even gave me suspenders to keep them up. Where are the parents of these rebellious teens. Fines shouldn't be enacted to solve this problem, an old fashioned trip to the woodshed would help. Parents will end up paying the fines with the children getting no punishment at all. Thank God this city in Georgia sees the problem. Most towns either don't see the problem or don't care about it. Personally I've seen more teen underwear then I ever cared to see.