Virginia state bill sets fine for low-riding pants...

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  1. Slicksuit

    Slicksuit One of the Regulars

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    Thought you'd all enjoy -- from Yahoo news.

    RICHMOND, Va. - Virginians who wear their pants so low their underwear shows may want to think about investing in a stronger belt.

    The state's House of Delegates passed a bill Tuesday authorizing a $50 fine for anyone who displays his or her underpants in a "lewd or indecent manner."

    Del. Lionell Spruill Sr., a Democrat who opposed the bill, had pleaded with his colleagues to remember their own youthful fashion follies.

    During an extended monologue Monday, he talked about how they dressed or wore their hair in their teens. On Tuesday, he said the measure was an unconstitutional attack on young blacks that would force parents to take off work to accompany their children to court just for making a fashion statement.

    "This is a foolish bill, Mr. Speaker, because it will hurt so many," Spruill said before the measure was approved 60-34. It now goes to the state Senate.

    The bill's sponsor, Del. Algie T. Howell, has said constituents were offended by the exposed underwear. He did not speak on the floor Tuesday.

    Spruill and Howell, also a Democrat, are both black.
     
  2. Mr. Rover

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    Ok, I'm 15 and have very little say, don't live in Virginia, and don't expose my underwear often wearing jeans/pants, but thats just dumb. $50 for wearing your pants too low?? That's just ridiculous.
     
  3. Mycroft

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    Here here...it is ridiculous. Sure it dose not look nice, but hey its freedom of expression.
     
  4. While I would agree that it looks awful, the people wearing their pants so low are already being punished by the impression people have of them. They will learn when they try to get a job or have a school interview that looking like a slob isn't an admirable trait.

    The way we wear our clothes is an outward expression of ourselves, and not something the government should be in control of.

    In Maryland, It's illegal to take a lion to the movies, and in California, Sunshine is guaranteed to the masses, Women may not drive in a housecoat, and It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.

    There are lots of dumb laws that were put on the books because of situations just like this one, and can never be enforced.
     
  5. Mycroft

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    There are whole books and websites on stupid laws.
     
  6. zeus36

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    The solution is simple..... just stop wearing underwear!
     

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