Timmonsville is a small town in South Carolina. It is a town where neighbors can gather together to talk about their week and spend time sitting on the front porch. It’s also a town that is placing a ban on sagging pants and issuing fines to those who continue to wear pants that sag below the waist line.
The ordinance applies to those who intentionally show their underwear while wearing pants, shorts or any other kind of clothing that covers the legs. Two warnings will be given before fines are issued. The fines will be anywhere from $100 to $600 depending on how much of the underwear is showing and how many times the person has been warned. The ordinance is for both men and women. This style of dressing has been around for some time. Many people dislike seeing underwear showing, especially those who are older and those who have young children. It’s sad that you have to walk down a street in a town or walk through a mall and see someone with pants that are hanging around the knees while boxers or other types of underwear are showing. Parents should be held responsible for fines involving a teenager or a child as it’s the parent’s responsibility to make sure the child dresses in a modest manner or a manner that is suitable for being in public.
With only one vote of opposition, the city council of Timmonsville, South Carolina has passed an ordinance forbidding the wearing of “sagging” pants within city limits. Tuesday night’s vote was the second time the council had reviewed the ordinance, and it was passed easily. Only council member Cheryl Qualls voted against the new law.
City officials say that the law is about “integrity and respecting yourself.” The new law specifically forbids engaging in public nudity or wearing pants such that “the known undergarments are intentionally displayed.” It is clearly aimed at reducing “sagging,” a popular way of wearing pants so that they hang below the waistline. Under the new law, intentionally displaying either nudity or underwear will be considered a violation.
Penalties are stiff for breaking the new city ordinance. For the first offense, law enforcement may give a verbal warning. On the second offense, law enforcement will issue a written warning and add the subject to a city registry of repeat offenders. If a third violation occurs, the subject can be fined from $100 – $600, at the city judge’s discretion. The law applies to anyone walking or driving through city limits.
Timmonsville is not first area in South Carolina to pass this type of city ordinance. Jasper County passed a similar law in 2008. A Florida town repealed a similar ordinance in 2014 after citizens protested against it.