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Another Georgia town outlaws 'pants on the ground'
Another Georgia town outlaws 'pants on the ground'

HAMPTON, Ga. -- If your pants are on the ground, don't come walking around this town.

That's because the city of Hampton, population 5,100, has now joined a handful of Georgia communities to outlaw saggy pants.

Actually, they don't have to be on the ground to be illegal, just lower than 3 inches below the hip line and only if they also expose skin or underwear.

The new ordinance went into effect last Friday and on Monday we found two young men in town whose beltlines appeared to be illegal now.

They think the new law is a bit much.

"If you got people walking around where, you know what I'm saying, let 'em sag off, if you see some underwear, it's not like underwear is obscene," said Brian Gulley.

"If it's not showing any private areas; if it's not, you know, really offending nobody to that point, I feel like a lot of people are just taking it to the extreme," said Demaro McFashion.

Hampton city officials said they took action because plenty of citizens have complained that they do find exposed underwear offensive.

One of them is Tommy Morrissey.

"It's not a fashion statement," he said, "It's just being rude to anybody that might be walking behind 'em; it's just rude."

The disorderly conduct ordinance calls for a $50 fine on the first offense, $100 for a second and up to $200 for a third.

Hampton City Manager Andy Pippin denied it's just another way to raise cash.

"We won't be going out and targeting people," he said.

Because the saggy pants ordinance is only a few days old, Hampton's Police will only issue warnings for a while.

But once the word gets out, the fines will kick in.

City Manager Pippin added that they have yet to receive any formal complaint or challenge about the law.

Georgia cities who've already passed similar ordinances include Albany, Cordele and Dublin.

Hampton patterned its law after Albany's.