Tiny South Carolina town bans sagging pants, threatens fines

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TIMMONSVILLE, S.C. (AP) – Wearing saggy pants could get expensive in tiny Timmonsville, South Carolina.

A new town ordinance outlaws wearing sagging pants, trousers or shorts that intentionally display a person’s underwear. After initial warnings, third and subsequent offenses carry a fine ranging from $100 to $600.

Town administrator Mary Bines says the ordinance, which also bans nudity, passed the Town Council 5-1 on Tuesday night.

The sagging style has been popular for years among young people and hip-hop artists.

The text of the law says the town about 70 miles east of Columbia wishes to maintain decorum on its streets. Council members have also said the ordinance is aimed at helping young people make better choices.

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