Entries in Baggy Pants (3)


Jersey Shore Mayor Looks to Ban Saggy Pants

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WILDWOOD, N.J.) -- It's the Jersey Shore, no doubt, but Wildwood's mayor doesn't want the stereotypes that come along with it. And saggy pants, he said, do nothing but perpetuate the negative stereotypes that come with a summer "down the shore."

That's why the mayor of Wildwood, N.J., is leading the charge on a saggy pants ban on the beach town's boardwalk. "Their whole rear ends are sticking out," Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. said. "These kids have no respect for anyone including themselves."

There was no one event that led to the proposed ban, he said, rather a long line of complaints from people who were tired of seeing people's underwear hanging out of their pants. "People kept asking what I was going to do about it," he said.

Locals are "extremely offended" by the saggy pants. "We welcome everyone here, we don't discriminate against anyone," he said. "But what about my rights not to have to see your rear end?"

The vote on the ban, which the mayor said he is "99.9 percent sure" will succeed, takes place June 12. It will take 20 days to become law.

On the 21st day, he said, police will begin "politely asking" people to hike up their pants.

"It's not a hit squad," he said. "There's no Gestapo running up and down the boardwalk looking for offenders."

If they don't comply, Troiano said, they will be asked to leave the boardwalk. If they become belligerent they will get a ticket.

The mayor's not at all worried about driving away people committed to this particular fashion from Wildwood. "I thought about it for about a second," he said. "But you know what? Go somewhere else. We don't need the aggravation. For every saggy pants we lose we'll get about 10 families."

Wildwood isn't the first town to try and put an end to saggy pants. In April, Louisiana's Terrebonne Parish banned saggy pants that hang below the waist. Earlier this month, a councilman in Beaumont, Texas asked his fellow council members to consider a ban, citing it as a top complaint in his area.

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Droopy Pants Get Man Booted From Flight

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- A man and his flight companion were booted off an Orlando-bound Spirit Airlines flight at Chicago O’Hare earlier this week for his low-riding pants and for threatening the flight crew.

“A gentleman and another customer traveling with him both became verbally abusive to flight attendants and threatened them with physical harm after he was asked to pull up his pants that were hanging excessively low,” Spirit Airlines spokeswoman Misty Pinson told ABC News.

Pinson told a Chicago radio station, “It was to the point where his entire bottom was hanging out. And that’s not appropriate. We have a lot of customers on the plane, a lot of children on the plane.”

Law enforcement was called and the man and his companion were escorted off the plane. The flight was delayed about five minutes, according to The Chicago Tribune. The man and the woman who were escorted off the plane were booked on the next Spirit flight available for their destination.

“Providing a safe and pleasant environment for all customers on board is our top priority,” Pinson said.  “When our crewmembers ask customers to comply with a request, it is with the best interest of all of our customers in mind.”

The man and his companion have yet to be identified.

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Florida Teen's Baggy Pants Help Him Escape Alligator Attack

Comstock Images/Thinkstock (file photo)(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- A teenage boy in Florida must be very thankful his pants were on the ground Monday night.

Kendrick Williams, 17, was walking home from work when he encountered an alligator, which he says was between six and seven feet long, near a pond at an apartment complex in St. Petersburg, according to ABC News affiliate WFTS-TV in Tampa Bay.  Upon seeing the gator, Williams took off running but the alligator still managed to take a bite -- out of his baggy pants.

Williams just escaped the attack, coming out unharmed and with a few holes in his pants.  His mother, Tanita Murray, told WFTS-TV that the sagging pants may have saved his life.

"That was the advantage of wearing baggy pants that day," Murray said.

The alligator seems to have gotten off the hook, too, since wildlife officers said there are too many gators in the pond to positively identify which one attacked Williams.

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