Green Bay lawmaker wants to ban sagging
In explaining why his proposal isn't racially motivated, Boyce told Fox: "When you go on Google, and you see pictures of Justin Bieber, everybody likes to sport these things with their belt below their groin."
Green Bay alderman Dave Boyce wants to make it illegal for folks to sag their pants in the home city of the Packers.
He says his proposal isn't racially motivated, but is instead aimed to curtail a fashion statement he and some of his constituents find "demeaning" and "offensive."
"There is a sense of outrage, and it's just demeaning to see people walking around like that. It's offensive. It's totally offensive," Boyce told Green Bay's Fox 11.
According to the Fox report, the city's legal department has advised Boyce that a sagging ban will be tough to enforce. But at the least, Boyce believes Green Bay businesses could put up signs banning people with their pants below their ass from entering the premises.
"What I see as an outcome of this is individual businesses will not allow people on their premises or do business if their pants are hanging on the ground," Boyce told Fox. "As for the law enforcement, when you do things that are anti-social, you perk them up. They become more alert, they watch you more closely."
A sagging ban wouldn't be unprecedented. In fact, just last month, a similar ordinance went into effect in the Jersey Shore resort of Wildwood, where offenders can get cracked with fines up to $200 and community service for showing too much rear.
Boyce's proposal is set to be discussed by a City Council committee tonight.
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