Thibodaux torn over saggy pants issue

THIBODAUX, LA (WAFB) - The city of Thibodaux is at a crossroads over saggy pants.

Some city leaders want to ban low-riding pants altogether. If they do, the fashion statement could carry some hefty consequences.

The wardrobe trend has been banned in several cities and has become the talk of Thibodaux.

"Oh, all throughout Thibodaux I've been noticing it," Roland Soignet said.

Soignet and some other residents said some of their neighbors have become a too relaxed in the way they wear their pants. It's a fashion fad known as saggy, or baggy pants. It's become popular among younger crowds in recent years.

"I see no self respect," Soignet said.

It's noticeable on come college campuses. Nicholls State University student Jireh Grim and some of his friends who wear their pants below their natural waist lines said they mean no harm.

"They (pants) fit my waistline," Grim said.

Spokesman for the Thibodaux Police Department, David Melancon, said officers have gotten some complaints from residents. The police department is waiting on the council to pass a ban so they can enforce it.

"I'll probably start off with making contact with the person, asking them to pull their pants up and we'll go from there," Melancon said.

According to the council's proposal, violators would pay $50 for a first offense, $100 for a second, and $100 plus 16 hours of community service if they are caught a third time.

Some residents are hoping for even more.

"Arrest them. That's the only way we are going to get them to straighten out," Soignet suggested.

Not everyone likes the idea of the city's proposed dress code.

"I wouldn't feel right because that's how I wear my pants. It fits my waist better like that," Grim said.

But Grim said he is willing to make an adjustment.

"I've just got to pull them up some," Grim said.

Residents hope others will follow suit.

The proposed ban will be introduced for consideration at Tuesday night's city council meeting.

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