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Saggy Pants a Growing Problem in Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF, AR - A Pine Bluff alderman is going to the extreme to not only improve the image of his city, but teenagers as well.
PINE BLUFF, AR - A Pine Bluff alderman is going to the extreme to not only improve the image of his city, but teenagers as well.

The problem according to him, these saggy pants.

Some say it's a fashion statement, others says its just plain offensive.

"I think it's just a respect thing that's what I think," says Delord Sheppard.

23-year-old Delord Sheppard has mixed feelings on the issue of sagging pants that in most cases, expose underwear.

"I'm a respectable person but I think if they want to sag then let them sag but I say I'm for it because you have to respect the elderly people in the world," says Sheppard.

But Pine Bluff Alderman Steven Mays says there's a bigger issue that needs to be addressed.

"Some citizens who want to see a difference in our teenagers and youth as far as the sagging pants issue, many of them are really just tired of it especially our older and they want something done," says Mays.

Which is why Mays hopes his ordinance is voted on at Monday night's city council meeting.

"All I want to do is reach out a hand to our youth and our teenagers to let them know that somebody cares, and help them to be more productive in our city if we are ever going to pass this ordinance the time is now," says Mays.

If passed police will first warn the person to hike their pants up, if it happens again they could be issued a ticket.

Delord likes the idea, but feels it will be difficult to enforce.

"If you can pull it up while the police are around you can keep them pulled up at all times so I think it's both negatives and positives with both," says Sheppard.

The city of Pine Bluff did not pass the ordinance banning saggy pants Monday night. Mays has been pushing the issue for several years now and vows to bring it back before the council in a few weeks.

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