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Unemployed in Mississippi? Blame Your Saggy Pants

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The local government of Hinds County, Miss., may force residents to pull their pants up in the hope of pulling the region up by its bootstraps.

In a hearing Monday, county officials brought new legislation regarding sagging pants to the table in an effort to weed out what the ban’s supporters say is an “indecent” wardrobe choice that’s keeping the Jackson area youth out of work.

While the question of whether banning saggy pants will solve the Jackson area’s unemployment issues is still up for debate, the severity of the area’s economic state is not.  As of June, unemployment at Hinds County stands at 9.1 percent, with approximately 22.5 percent of residents living below the poverty line as of 2010.

The Hinds County saggy pants ban would make sagging one’s pants more than three inches below the hip or exposing underwear or skin in that area a misdemeanor.  First-time offenders would only receive a warning; following the second offense, the offender must pay a $10 fine and complete two hours of community service.  If the offender is a minor, the minor’s parents would also be fined.

Supporters of the ban, such as Supervisor Kenneth Stokes, say that outlawing sagging pants will help to adjust the culture of Hinds County.

“Here in Mississippi, the majority of the elderly or the older people have a bad feeling about the sagging pants,” Stokes said.  “When you have a person with sagging pants coming to a job interview, they have a worse chance than someone who comes to the interview with their pants not sagging.”

Representatives from the Mississippi chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union have decried the proposed ordinance as particularly discriminatory against black males and an infringement on personal freedom of expression, according to ACLU representative Bear Atwood.

“The saggy pants ban would be unconstitutional,” she said.  “Hinds County is a predominantly black county, Jackson is predominantly black, and our real concern is that this is, intentional or not, going to end up targeting black neighborhoods and, for kids who have done nothing other than wear their pants too low, brings them into contact with the police unnecessarily.”

Other dissenters have focused their discontent on whether the legislation as it stands is effective.  Hinds County Supervisor Phil Fisher stated that he is opposed to the saggy pants ordinance “because it doesn’t offer an enforcement mechanism with any bite.”

Fisher referred to the legislation as a “feel-good measure” for the board and “a waste of time for law enforcement,” saying that “parents should raise their own children and not rely on law enforcement to raise them.”

County deputies would be in charge of enforcing the ordinance, though Fisher says the lack of accountability in the current legislation makes it likely that the ban will go unnoticed.  He advocates requiring monthly reports from law enforcement on the number of tickets issued, as well as higher penalties, with a $100 fine for a first offense.

Stokes said that banning sagging pants will help to discourage students from dropping out of high school, and also prepare them for employment later on.  He also emphasized that the ban may not be universally applicable, but that it’s the right decision for Hinds County.

“What we’re saying here in Jackson, Mississippi, in Hinds County, may not fit in Atlanta,” he said.  “We don’t have a whole lot of jobs here, and we have to be sure that our children qualify for the jobs that we do have.”

The Hinds County board of supervisors will vote on the measure during its Aug. 20 meeting.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Abercrombie & Fitch Seeks Legal Action Against Fraudulent Online Retailer

Paul Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Image(NEW YORK) -- Abercrombie & Fitch is taking legal action against an online store they say is fraudulently operating under their name and selling merchandise described as “n****r brown” in color.

The website,, seems to bear all the typical trademarks of the trendy U.S.-based clothing retailer, from the black-and-white-tinted model photos right down to the company’s logo -- a silhouetted moose.  As of Thursday night, the site was no longer accessible.

But an item featured on the website’s homepage – a pair of “N****r Brown Pants,” as they’re advertised – sparked outrage Thursday from consumers on blogs and across social media platforms like Twitter.

“Abercrombie and Fitch shows their true colors,” one person tweeted, referring to the description attached to the pair of men's pants.

“How can that even be real?!” someone else asked.

Turns out, it’s not. In a statement to ABC News, Abercrombie & Fitch said the website in question “is in no way affiliated” with the real company.

“[A]nd in any event, we do not condone racist language,” the statement continued. “This is a counterfeit website and we have initiated legal proceedings to shut it down.”

On its “About Us” page, the website in question does not directly note its lack of affiliation with Abercrombie, but says, “Abercrombie And Fitch, as we know, is a famous brand mainly specialized in trendy and casual clothing, which can be said that the new century, representatives of youth fashion.”

“We are honest, helpful, efficient, accountable and trustworthy, and we are committed to profitability and service,” the imposter page continues. “We want our colleagues and customers to feel At Home while shopping on our website.”

BusinessInsider reports that the website is registered to an address in China and that the whole controversy may have been caused by faulty translation software.

Nonetheless, Abercrombie & Fitch notes on its website safeguards consumers can take to protect themselves from fraudulent retailers.

“The only way to ensure you are purchasing genuine first quality gear is to visit one of our namesake stores or to visit our online store,” the company says.

“No other website is authorized to sell Abercrombie & Fitch merchandise,” they note. “Don't be fooled by the counterfeiters that attempt to copy the look of our website by stealing our images and content or by including our name within their domain address.”

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