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06/24/2013 03:22 pm ET

Ocean City Councilman Introduces Ban On 'Sagging Pants'

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Someone in Ocean City, Md. is tired of you looking like a fool with your pants on the ground.

City Councilman Brent Ashley is proposing an ordinance that could ban wearing "saggy" pants far below the waistline, according to WAMU.

The idea is to create decency laws that would disallow "offensive" clothing from being worn, but it is the sagging pants that have everyone talking.

WAMU has the details as to why, exactly, Brent believes the city needs to ban those sagging pants:

But it isn't teenage shenanigans irking Ocean City Councilman Brent Ashley. Instead, he bothered by sagging pants -- the style (or lack thereof) where kids wear their pants far below their actual waistlines.

Ashley is asking his colleagues on the council to seriously consider this ordinance because he feels families with children should not be subjected to seeing someone's backside, and his proposal would mirror a law recently passed in Wildwood, N.J. prohibiting pants from being worn lower than 3 inches from the waistline. The New Jersey law carries a $25 fine.

An editorial by the Maryland Coastal Dispatch's Steven Green supports discussing decency laws "to protect Ocean City’s family reputation", but some question why it's even an issue.

"There have been saggy pants for as long as I can remember and it hasn't been a problem before. I don't know why they're going to say something about it now. I mean, they can't tell us how to dress because we're not hurting anybody. We're not even showing that much," Ocean City resident Shawn Ferin told WBOC.

Just in case, you may want to let your pants sag now before it earns you a ticket.

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