Tulsa City Councilor Wants Ordinance Banning Sagging Pants

Thursday, December 12th 2013, 10:52 pm
By: Tess Maune

When it comes to pants, how baggy is too baggy? That question has one Tulsa city councilor planning a new ordinance to ban sagging, underwear-exposing pants.

Councilor Jack Henderson is very clear on the matter that he is sick of seeing baggy britches on the city streets.

"It's gotten out of hand," Henderson said.

It's a trend that he says is not going away any time soon--those low-riding, sagging pants that sometimes hang well beneath the waistband of the boxers.

"It's disrespectful for one thing, and it does not make for a good community to have all these kids running around with baggy pants and it sends the wrong message," Henderson said.

He says it's not a ethnic issue, it's a city-wide problem that is plaguing every community, caused by people of every race.

"I think that it's gotten to a point that we need to do something about it," Henderson said.

So, Henderson wants to ban baggy pants. He's working on an ordinance to ticket anyone who shows too much below the belt. Police officers would enforce it.

Henderson said first-time offenders could get a warning, but after that, showing their bottom will hurt their bottom line.

"When you give somebody a $25 or $50 ticket for that, it won't take too many times for that to stop," Henderson said.

Eric Spears is on board.

"I don't care to see their drawers," he said. "It's like, 'Pull your pants up, please, have a little bit of respect.' When you're at home, do what you want."

Others say it's an infringement on the freedom for which our nation stands.

"I don't like it, but I do have to support the right to do it," Tulsa resident Stuart Meyer said.

"Personally, I think it's in poor taste, but then again, it's your own prerogative, whatever you want to do," said Tolu Ayoola, of Houston, said.

As for Henderson, he's says showing off your skivvies is indecent exposure and its time for folks to pull up their pants.

"I think that people deserve to be able to go anywhere without having to look at somebody's underwear," he said.

Henderson said he's been thinking about the ordinance for several years. Dallas has a similar rule in place, so he said he's researching that one and others like it and hopes to bring his plan before the city council soon.