Fashion fad, freedom of expression or crime? Flint, Mich., has implemented a mandatory crackdown on saggy pants. Wait 'til you see the punishment.
Kids in Michigan better watch their butts, or they might end up in jail.
Police Chief David Dicks (Hmmm...) is patrolling the streets of Flint looking for criminals...and we don't mean someone dealing drugs. Dicks is on the hunt for guys who wear their pants too low. According to Dicks, showing any part of your skivvies, boxers or butt is indecent exposure and therefore a crime, and will be punishable by 93 days to a year in jail and/or fines up to $500.
Breaking down his interpretation further, he states that pants pulled down completely below the buttocks with underwear showing is disorderly conduct, but saggy pants with skin of the butt showing is indecent exposure. Saggy pants, not completely below the buttocks with underwear exposed results in a warning (see our diagram).
Phew, I guess all those drug dealers, gang members and people committing REAL crimes (Flint, Mich., just so happens to be a city with one of the highest crime rates in the country) should feel relieved, since officers will be shifting their attention to a fashion fad instead of a murder.
Ummm...officer, will you also be soliciting fines for someone showing thong panties, exposing their breasts, wearing too-low jeans, see-through tops or any of the other popular looks seen today? Let's be honest, are you REALLY cracking down on saggy pants, or are you just looking for an excuse to unfairly target men and teens who fit a certain stereotype?