Should saggy pants be banned?
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Should saggy pants be banned?

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South Carolina lawmakers have proposed a bipartisan bill that would make it illegal for a person to wear saggy pants. Violations would result in fines of up to $75 and six hours of community service. Many find the proposal both ridiculous and racist. Should policing the fashion of South Carolina residents really be the priority of the state that ranks 50th in education? But others support it and find saggy pants "unbecoming" and "unprofessional." What do you think? 👖

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#DontPolicyFashion
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#PickUpYourPants
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South Carolina lawmakers have proposed a bipartisan bill that would make it illegal for a person to wear their pants "three inches below the crest of his ileum" exposing their skin or underwear. Violations would result in fines of up to $75 and six hours of community service.

One of the bill's sponsors argues it is not meant to unfairly discriminate against minorities or put individual's futures at risk, but rather it is an issue of professionalism in public.

"It's unbecoming, it's unprofessional," said Rep. Joe Jefferson, a Democrat from Berkeley County who's one of the bill's sponsors. "Now there's some misunderstanding. I understand that some people are assuming that if one is caught, then they won't be allowed to go to college, grants, loans, all these other opportunities will be taken away. That's not the case at all. This is just to prevent these fellas and giving them at least an obligation to realize that they're walking around and they're convincing others to follow them. That's not what it's all about."

Many find the bill totally ridiculous. The fact that lawmakers are more concerned with policing fashion than tackling issues like gun control is insulting.

Not to mention the racist overtones of a bill targeting a fashion trend common among minorities. 

South Carolina ranks 50th in the U.S. for education. Are the fashion police really more important than improving the state's education system?

But others applaud the ban. A similar bill was passed in Timmonsville, South Carolina, and some want to see every state adopt a saggy pants ban.

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