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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?

10 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anonymous July 15, 2008, 4:36 PM

This kind of stereotyping makes me embarassed to be from Michigan.

Sue July 15, 2008, 7:51 PM

This is REDICULOUS! Our jails are already EXTREMELY overcrowded, and guess who gets to pay for those prison stays? You guessed it, we do, the American tax-payer. Focus on some more important things!

karen July 16, 2008, 7:01 AM

It is especially unattractive to see a man or young boy wearing their pants belted at the knees and walking on their pant legs. I don’t like the jail time though.

km July 16, 2008, 8:25 AM

I think men and boys walking around with their pants hanging down is ugly, horrible, disgusting. Gross, It is about time they learn to dress correctly. AND YES

Kasi July 16, 2008, 10:13 AM

Yes! I completely believe it’s an excuse to target a “certain” population… what’s the difference from a teen’s thong hanging out from abouve her low rise pants…cemparative to photo #1??

Cindy July 16, 2008, 10:47 AM

I agree that something should be done - but, don’t we have more important things to see to …mainly, REAL criminals…those who murder, steal, kidnap, etc…???

jackie July 16, 2008, 2:15 PM

This really pisses me off. Don’t they have other things to focus on than looking for boys with their pants hanging down. Who cares!
makes me sick

anouk July 16, 2008, 4:40 PM

Hey DICKS! Get a life!

about time  July 16, 2008, 11:44 PM

Its about time someone does something about this … I dont like my child who is at most teen guys and girl butt height to have to look at their butts when we are walking down the street .. and all races where their pants like this so its not profiling ….
everyone is always trying to make things racist and need to get over it .. there are nice good people of all races but there seem to be a lot more idiots of all races than anything ….

indiadelle July 18, 2008, 3:25 PM

Remember the 60’s & 70’s when you heard all the old farts complaining about all the long-haired hippie freaks and their music, clothes and hair?

That was then, this is now.

If you don’t like it, don’t look.

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