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I'd thought I'd heard it all, but this takes the cake ...

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Thor, Apr 23, 2004.

  1. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    From Yahoo today...

    BATON ROUGE, La. - People who wear low-slung
    pants that expose skin or "intimate clothing" would
    face a fine of up to $500 and possible jail time
    under a bill filed by a Jefferson Parish lawmaker.

    State Rep. Derrick Shepherd said he filed the bill
    because he was tired of catching glimpses
    of boxer shorts and G-strings over the lowered
    belt lines of young adults.

    The bill would punish anyone caught wearing
    low-riding pants with a fine of as much as $500
    or as many as six months in jail, or both.

    "I'm sick of seeing it," said Shepherd, a
    first-term legislator. "The community's outraged.
    And if parents can't do their job, if parents can't
    regulate what their children wear, then there
    should be a law."

    The bill would be tacked onto the state's
    obscenity law, which restricts sexual activity
    in public places and the sale of sexually explicit

    Joe Cook, head of the American Civil Liberties Union's Louisiana chapter, said the bill probably does not
    meet the U.S. Supreme Court's standard for the
    prohibition of obscene behavior under the
    First Amendment.

    "What about a woman who is wearing a bathing
    suit under her garment or she has something like
    a sarong wrapped around her and it's below her
    waist," he said. "I can think of a lot of workers,
    plumbers, who are working and expose their
    buttocks ..."



    I'm speechless ...
  2. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Hooray! Get them young whipper snappers!

    By the way, the low slung pants thing actually originated in prisons. It was designed as a signal to other inmates that you were willing to, erm... "take it" in exchange for stuff like cigarettes.
  3. So thats how you got all that Mesa gear huh?

    Just kidding dude...........Love your new Scout by the way.
  4. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    He should be impeached.
  5. I actually think those pants look really stupid, but you can't make a law against wearing bad pants...
  6. secretdonkey


    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Gee, reading this you'd almost think those girls gone wild Mardi Gras videos weren't shot in Metarie!

    ;) :D :oops:
  7. Tom Crofts

    Tom Crofts

    Mar 15, 2001
    I thought it was cos they weren't allowed to wear belts in prison so their trousers fell down a little, so the it became fashionable cos people might think you'd been to prison (cos they wouldn't give you your belt back on the way out?).
  8. Moxa13


    Apr 14, 2003
    Evidently....Their is not enough crime in Louisiana as it is. :rolleyes:
  9. lbanks


    Jul 17, 2003
    Ennui, IN USA
    I do a lot of work for the local county govt. and I hear moron ideas like this all the time. It just proves that nobody who runs for public office should be allowed to hold one.
  10. rwagne2


    Aug 2, 2001
    I remember a statistic I heard from a Jefferson Parish parole officer saying that JP/ the west bank of new orleans has the highest ratio of ex-convicts and parolees of any parish/county in the entire country.

    Thus the no-belt/ low slung thing?
  11. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio! Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 3, 2001
    Costa Mesa, Calif.
    Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    Does the guy honestly think that it's a fad that will stay?
  12. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    What I want to know is if there is any reason I cant walk around wearing nothing but boxers or tighty whities in New Orleans.


    Im just about ready to make that guy feel like the idiot he is.

  13. I think this bill should depend on person to person.

    Some people, you don't mind seeing half their booty :D :smug:


    Jun 1, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    been around a good 9-10 years now...

  15. Interestingly i heard the same thing about rap when it first came around. :D
  16. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    Well I'm glad that State Rep. Derrick Shepherd is really getting out there and taking care of the important problems plauging todays society.

    For reference... when my pants are baggy, it means I forgot to put on a belt in the morning.
  17. its all too hippiddy dippiddy and fancy shmancy and too cool for school. theres no logical benefets to wearing the pants down, just another stupid trend people get "sucked" into, of their own doing of course. As for fining and imprisoning people, well that is dumb, another way of making revenue. I think its punnishment enough if you wanna walk around with your strides floppin in the breeze. (punnishment is that you are "trying to be cool" and says "hey, I am a fashion slave!!!".
    But hey, be my guest, whatever makes you happy, I just don't quite get it. :meh:
  18. Bull_Nasty

    Bull_Nasty Banned

    Apr 23, 2004
    What are they going to do...start locking up plumbers?