New Saggy Pants Law In Massachusetts

Submitted by: richanddead 4 years ago in

Fines and up to 3 years in prison for pants sagging, what do you think IAB? Good or bad?
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Male 7,123
McGovern,

OK, we get it. It`s an advert pointing out that under a strict and unlikely interpretation of an existing law penalties could be applied for lewd etc behaviour.

Except they won`t be, and anyway it`s not lewd, it`s infantile. `I refuse to behave like an adult but still expect the respect becoming to an adult.`
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Male 14,331
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Male 2,591
If this were a white people fashion faux-pas.. guaranteed this totalitarian-style law would have never even been considered. Completely racially targeted, unusual, and unfair treatment.
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Male 15,832
I really don`t see why cops would have a problem with thugs 1) advertising who they are and 2) wearing clothes they can`t run in.

As an aside, who do you think could run faster, a convict with a ball and chain or a gangsta with his pants down around his knees? That race would be fun to watch at any rate.
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Male 1,745
While I can`t stand the droopy drawers look, laws about dress is scarier.
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Male 1,983
The worst part about having an actual, literal "Fashion" police is the arbitrary application of the law.

"What" legally constitutes "Sagging" pants?
Is it the distance of the belt loops from the belly button or the crotch from the testicle?
What about parachute pants?
Is it the amount of underwear exposed? And what if you not wearing any underwear?
Does the opposite apply as well, old men wearing their pants up under their armpits?

What about 300 pound women in yoga pants? That`s a true crime!

Police are bad enough without giving them the power to control what you wear and how you wear it.
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Male 13,630
Jail for wearing your trouseys at half mast?
ok its some sort of odd fashion statement
but no more offensive than punks, or mods, etc..
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Male 1,421
A joke, right?
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Male 2,424
I always thought these were gay prostitutes, looking for a John.

It`s actually "Gangster?"

Learn something new everyday.
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Male 14,331
This thread......
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Male 1,239
I think a fine might be ok but certainly not this much and drat jail/prison for something so asinine. Even if the entire community vote it in the question is what ight do they have to dress people? You can walk around in boxers but you might get jailtime for wearing your pants around the same boxers? Speedos legal but this isn`t. Sagging looks stupid but if stupid we`re a crime the streets would be bare.
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Male 809
I think this is great! All saggy pants non-nice individuals need to follow this law. You ALL look like a bunch of morons.
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Female 592
It`s about time, little boys need direction and dressing skills.
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Male 406
$300 fine, 3 years in state or 2 in county jails....

Anyone else think this is a bit harsh? Seriously... You forget to wear a belt on day and your life can literally be ruined. Is this a felony or something? How would you explain this to potential employers when they see you have a record? Massachusetts: you`re going a wee bit insane.
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Male 39,931

You can`t legislate morality? True.
But you can legislate public conduct.

For the record, I hate sagging, but I wouldn`t outlaw it. I don`t believe in victimless crimes. Unless you can show me a victim, you should be allowed to do whatever you want.
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Male 1,803

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Male 1,803
Why so racist against us Whites? :-D
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Male 2,578
Geogypsy, the US is only about 63% non-hispanic white these days (it goes down about half a percent a year), and this includes Arabs and other Middle Eastern groups, so it`s probably around 60%, with a majority of under 18 being non-white already.
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Female 2,415
Don`t worry McGovern1981, some of us caught it and you`re here to help the rest :)
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Male 14,331
MA Chapter 272
Section 16.
A man or woman, married or unmarried, who is guilty of open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than three years or in jail for not more than two years or by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars.
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Female 2,415
MA (or any state) MIGHT be able to get away with this for real if they put it under indecent exposure charges; to threaten prison time is absurd, though! Stiff fines should be sufficient, if anyone was actually serious enough to try this...
The style IS absolutely ridiculous and retarded looking; I find it hard to take anyone wearing it seriously.
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Male 14,331


Did you all miss how this is an Ad by a private f**king org AND NOT A F**KING LAW!!
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Male 8,550
Tiredofnicks-"Very much a violation of the Freedom of Expression."

Every Freedom has its limits.

Do you consider it a `violation of Freedom of Expression` that they can`t go around with their dongs hanging out in public?

elderban-"You can`t legislate morality. "

The law is not about their morals, it`s about their attire.
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Male 2,548
Andrew, I am presently living in Quebec, it is the second most populous province in the country. You are right that those of Asian origin are the largest visible minority in the country as a whole. Only 1 out of 6 here qualify as a visible minority...that`s under 17% compared to the United States of America`s 30% population of `People of Color`. However, `People of Color` should not be the only measure of diversity in a nation.
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Male 6,077
I have to agree with DinVen, especially living here in the "Land of the Free". This article is probably a re-post. It`s about a killer who died because of his "gangsta" look. The article isn`t funny, but his cause of death is poetic!
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Male 2,578
geogypsy, what qualifies for diversity in Canada is laughable. And I don`t know what province you`re in, but the fact is that South Asian and Asian populations are the biggest minorities in Canada. That`s just a fact. And then First Nations, and then Metis, and THEN Arabs and Blacks.
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Male 7,123
Is that an actual law, enforceable and everything. I find that unlikely.

It`s a stupid look but at least it saves time when when deciding whether or not someone is dickhead.
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Male 39,931

yes it`s a repost. But as I said back then, what has the Black Mental Health Alliance got to do with fashion tips? Are they saying only people with mental defects would wear their pants that way?

I wouldn`t hire anyone dressed that way. Or people with hula-hoops in their earlobes. And don`t have visible tattoos larger than your penis.
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Male 390
While I think that baggy pants look stupid, I think the law itself is even more stupid.

You can`t legislate morality.

I`m sure Gerry thinks saggers look hot, though. ;-)
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Male 390
It`s the most ridiculous look ever. If people want to make a fool of themselves please go ahead.

Government controlling how people can wear their pants, while not exposing themselves, are making one big step towards fascism. Good luck!
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Male 278
Isn`t the whole point (of wearing the sagging jeans) to show how much of an outlaw/thug the wearer is? So as long as society hates it, it will be a fad. Police action and ordinances will only fuel it further, right?

I think South Park had the right idea with their Chinpokomon episode. Once parents, old people or the generally "un-cool" embrace the fad, it will lose its potency.

You really want to stop people from doing this? Have everyone on the Today show start sagging their pants, make a big to-do over it and act like they are so proud of themselves for embracing "today`s youth." A few posts of your grandma doing the same won`t hurt either.
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Male 2,150
Now that marijuana use is being decriminalized we need another victimless crime to take it`s place.
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Male 2,548
"But you will continue to lecture this country from your ivory tower of whiteness where your only diversity is Asians."_ Andrew

Strange, in my province the leading visible minority are Black, followed by Arab, followed by Latin American...then come the Chinese and South Asian closely followed by the First Nations.

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Male 1,178
I was actually born in MA and came back to the UK when I was only a baby (parents are English). I could choose to live in the US if I wished to, but this is just another one of the many reasons why I never want to.
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Male 1,178
Respect yourself!

Respect your Community!

Or we`ll lock you up in Jail..


`MURICA, the land of the free.
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Male 72
As much as I detest this look, I can not get behind making it illegal. I support not giving them the job, not wanting to hang with them, and so on, but it is far from as bad as some of those nasi type spuing hate towards other races.
Where does the right to make stupid laws end, whats next, law against thoughts and wiewpoints?
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Male 303
You can get jailed for clothing choices now?
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Female 6,381
How does one keep up a pair of jeans that are belted below one`s butt, anyway?! I`ve seen it, but I don`t understand it.
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Male 3,745
a$$hole is what i said. not drating "non-nice individual"
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Male 3,745
i`ve said it once and ill say it again.

people suck non-nice individual.
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Male 1,237
Absolutely ridiculous
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Male 14,331
IT IS NOT A LAW! THIS IS NOT AN AD FROM THE GOVERNMENT OR POLICE! IT`S AN AD FROM A PRIVATE ORG!
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Male 2,578
Drastic problems take drastic measures to solve. This is specifically a problem among segments of the black community where people actually dress like this and wonder why nobody will hire them, and why they are poor. It`s because you`re walking with your pants on the ground. Really. This law might do more to solve poverty than any welfare check.


mike, take it up with Massachusetts if you don`t like it. But most people wouldn`t consider the freedom to show your underwear in public worth preserving, it`s about as important as the freedom to streak.

But you will continue to lecture this country from your ivory tower of whiteness where your only diversity is Asians.
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Male 5,094
Very much a violation of the Freedom of Expression.
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Male 14,331
It`s a loose interpretation of some law though and will never stick.
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Male 7,031
Reminds me of Ab Fab:

Today is bloody no smoking day. Oh God, bloody no smoking day. They don`t do nobody can be a bloody boring old fart day, do they?
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Male 1,497
I agree it looks dumb but prison?
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Male 2,711
The best part is that it`s the Mental Health Alliance telling them this! In other words, "You gotta be CRAZY to wear yo` pants like dat."

The worst part is that it`s so much easier to catch a thug running away when his drawers are around his knees.
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Male 14,331
LOL they don`t call this the peoples rebublic of Massachusetts for nothing!
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Male 2,548
I think that it`s just about as ridiculous as wearing pants under one`s rear. I think that some men`s fashion`s are much more deserving of indecent exposure fines; like knobby kneed white men wearing sandals with socks and those hideous gym shorts from the 70`s.
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Male 10,855
Stupid and unconstitutional obviously.
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Male 2,669
It probably won`t hold up in court, but I`m tired of seeing underwear, so ha ha. Pull up your damned pants.
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Male 1,497
Prison for dressing different? Nice freedom you have there.
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Male 4,099
Link: New Saggy Pants Law In Massachusetts [Rate Link] - Fines and up to 3 years in prison for pants sagging, what do you think IAB? Good or bad?
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