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It's evident that despite the best attempts of Middle America to crack down on sagging pants - da yoof's low-slung kecks look that has right-minded citizens firing up the Twat-O-Tron - the US way of life continues to be menaced by trousers flying at half mast. Back in 2007, the Louisiana town of Delcambre took up cudgels …


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  1. Sorry that handle is already taken. Silver badge


    Surely it's only a matter of time before it goes out of fashion, if Bieber's doing it.

    1. LarsG

      Re: Bieber?

      This is a new 'low' even for El Reg, where's the tech story?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Bieber? - where's the tech story?

        Presumably around someone's ankles.

      2. S4qFBxkFFg
        Thumb Up

        Re: Bieber?

        Would this count as the tech angle?

      3. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

        Re: Re: Bieber?

        I had an IT angle lying around somewhere, but appear to have mislaid it. While I go and have a look, I suggest you read this:

        1. disgruntled yank Silver badge

          Re: Bieber?

          I thought that the domestic manners of the Americans was a recognized IT angle. We're certainly happy to provide light relief from pressing matters like the impending royal birth etc.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Bieber and going out of fashion

      I know I'd like to see the back of Bieber, but not in that way.

  2. Turtle

    All the time.

    I see kids wearing their pants like this all the time. Always makes me laugh! Although the "people" who really need to be "up in arms" about this are the purveyors of fine underwear, like, well I guess Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren and similar trash. After all, in order for these kids to show off their fashionable frilly panties (or equivalent), said frilly panties (or equivalent) need to be obtained in the first place, right? That's got to be good for someone's, er, bottom line.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "so low that his genitals were almost showing"

    i.e. they actually were not. On that basis, an awful lot of bikini bottoms would be illegal.

    1. Bert 1
      Paris Hilton

      Re: "so low that his genitals were almost showing"

      Oh, I think bikini bottoms would be illegal if I wore them. I'd half half a genitals showing each side!

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    love the USofA

    it's ok to walk around with a gun but it's illegal to look like a idiot.

    Gotta love those morales.

    1. TeeCee Gold badge

      Re: love the USofA

      Unfortunately it would seem that looking like a right bellend isn't quite the disincentive that you might have thought.

      Maybe they should consider making it mandatory to point and laugh when you see someone dressed like that?

    2. Pete 47

      Re: Gotta love those morales

      Typical Yank*, blaming the Mexicans....

      *No need to point out thats its probably not

    3. Fehu

      Re: love the USofA

      Actually, it's the ones carrying the guns that look like idiots. Very dangerous idiots, but idiots just the same. And before you need to ask, I'm an American gun owner, but some things have their limits. If you need a hundred round clip to go hunting, you are obviously a horrible shot and I don't want you in my party or within several miles of me. Saggy pants? Another case of old white people worrying about stuff that really doesn't matter while really important things like people starving to death gets ignored.

      1. Yeik

        Re: love the USofA

        What does hunting with a 100 round "magazine" have to do with carrying a gun?

        The two are completely different and I have never seen anybody hunt with even half that.

        Please, have some knowledge before you decide to post such nonsense.


        To anybody trying to hunt, that is using 100 rounds of ammo for anything other than varmint, you are probably doing it wrong. If it is varmint, then you are probably just having fun.

        1. Fehu

          Re: love the USofA

          Well, smart boy, if you don't need a hundred round magazine to hunt, why is the NRA and all the other wing nuts so up in arms about it? As for my pedigree, I probably held a firearm before you stood up to pee. I lived on Army bases until I was 12. And I turned 12 before the Beatles came to America. Any more questions?

          1. Yeik

            Re: love the USofA @ fehu

            I don't want to get in a pissing contest with anybody.

            Of course, living on an army base must make you an expert!

            I have never heard anybody say they need a big magazine to hunt. There are a lot of advocates for the ability to use whatever they want. If you are in the wilderness and get lost, 3 shots in the air is a universal signal for distress, with low amounts of ammo you can eat that up quickly. There are also larger animals in some areas. Mountain lions, bears, and even moose can be quite dangerous.

            I certainly don't need to pee standing up, have a car that can go over the speed limit, or have a tv as big as my wall. I certainly like having those things, and like having the ability to buy them if I so desire.

            Certainly though I was referring mostly to your comment about carrying a gun makes one look like an idiot and also making a bad reference and incorrect terminology to a magazine limit and hunting, all three which are generally completely seperate issues. All while saying you are a gun owner.

            Carrying a firearm is for self defense. So if you say carrying a firearm makes one look like an idiot, I would like to see you say that to all those that are currently serving, all of the police officers, and anybody who takes the responsibility to protect their family.

            Hunting is for food/sport and I certainly wouldn't call someone hunting for food an idiot.

            Magazine limits are for sport and protection of rights. It is very easy to go through 100 rounds, especially in a semi automatic firearm. The size of the magazine doesn't really change that but a split second for even semi accurate shooting.*

            So, because you have been around them, because you own it, doesn't make you an expert in any sense, and when you state something so broadly and poorly it just looks bad.

            *note: if someone wants to shoot a deer 100 times while they are hunting, that is their right. I will probably shake my head and hope I am far far away from them, but I shouldn't be able to stop them.

            1. Fehu
              Black Helicopters

              Re: love the USofA @ fehu

              So, because you have been around them, because you own it, doesn't make you an expert in any sense

              Apply that to yourself, hoss.

              I was struggling to find just the right word or phrase and I found it on a right wing blog that was discussing this very topic: anal retentive. That's how many describe people who get all riled up when they think people use the wrong terminology in reference to their favorite method of mass murder.

              -= SMH =- And this comes from a proponent of a point of view that loves to demonize political correctness.

      2. Fatman Silver badge

        Re: If you need a hundred round clip to go hunting...

        That may depend on what you are hunting.

        You may not need that much ammo in the woods hunting deer; but in the urban forest, hunting 'buck' might be a different story.

      3. BlueGreen

        Re: love the USofA This....

        "Another case of old white people worrying about stuff that really doesn't matter while really important things like people starving to death gets ignored."

        ... is it. Too much bikeshedding in the reg, and everywhere else too. People forget to prioritise.

    4. Joe User

      Re: love the USofA

      Gotta love those morales.

      What does Morales have to do with this? He doesn't wear sagging pants.

      (Learn how to spell, you dolt.)

    5. LateNightLarry

      Re: love the USofA

      For the most part, that's only in some states, those known as "red states" because they're controlled by RepubliCLOWNS or the Xtian Taliban, who believe that everyone is entitled to carry their choice of penis substitutes (aka guns, loaded or unloaded) anywhere they choose.

  5. g e

    I still dont get it though

    Why pretend you're dressing like a prison inmate who's advertising the availability of their arse for a bout of rough man-love in the laundry (or wherever's handy).

    Or does it mean something so more subtle that's it's beyond the ken of folks who don't do it?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I still dont get it though

      That's probably the best way to deal with the problem - start some online gossip suggesting that it's become a real fad in the gay community.

    2. VeganVegan

      Re: I still dont get it though

      It does makes some sense from an evolutionary point of view.

      It's like the peacock's tail, it hinders his ability to get away from danger, but the fact that he does have that ludicrous tail and yet is still alive and strutting in front of a peahen demonstrates his obvious higher fitness.

      In the same way, saggy pants need one hand to keep them from sagging the rest of the way (a hand that is not available for offense/defense), and running away is, at best, a fast waddle. It demonstrates higher fitness!

  6. Vladimir Plouzhnikov


    Just put some Offensive Arsewear Eradication Enforcement Officers on strategic street corners, armed with canes, to silently administer 1 lash across the buttocks to any offender passing them by.

  7. David Given

    The only fitting punishment...

    ...for wearing clothing the looks quite that stupid is to be the kind of person who would wear clothing the looks quite that stupid.

    So I reckon we're pretty much sorted.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: The only fitting punishment...

      I am currently speculating what would be a fitting punishment for someone who thinks that "clothing the looks" is a combination of words that makes sense.

  8. Jim 59

    Fashion is a cruel mistress

    You've gotta love full-nappy look.

  9. CmdrX3

    I can't see the problem

    Plumbers & builders have been wearing this fashion trend for decades with no issues... apart from a few grimaces, a few smiles and one or two upchucks. Live and let live I say, we have enough problems with the real police without the fashion police getting in on the act as well.

  10. Malcolm 1

    Surely the solution is for all parents to start wearing their trousers low - being heinously unfashionable to dress like your Dad sartorial elegance would soon be restored.

  11. Sparkypatrick

    Re: I still dont get it though

    It's not about advertising anything, it stems from the practice of confiscating items such as belts and shoelaces from inmates. It's the 'just got out of lock-up' look, rather like the Adidas trainers with no laces look, as popularised by Run DMC.

    The stupidest variant on this I have seen is yoofs with low slung kecks with a belt in. Clearly not getting the point of their own ridiculous 'look'.

    1. Don Jefe

      Re: I still dont get it though

      They give you your belt back when you're released you know...

  12. A J Stiles

    Only in America

    The thing is, according to the US Presidential Toilet Paper Constitution, nobody is actually allowed to make a law like that, since it would be abridging free speech (1st amdt) and states are not allowed to ban anything the federal government isn't (9th and 10th amdts). Anti-sagging ordinances are actually unconstitutional.

    As soon as some rich kid gets busted, the lawyers are going to have a field day.

    1. Irony Deficient

      or at least certain judicial districts therefound

      A J, it depends upon how general the law is. The nearest thing to sagging case law can be found in Bivens v. Albuquerque Public Schools (1995) in US district court. Not all conduct (e.g. sartorial choice) is considered speech in the 1st amendment sense; and even if sagging were protected speech in the 1st amendment, school dress codes could still constitutionally ban it. (I think that such an anti-sagging law would be extremely silly, but then I’m not a Wisconsin legislator.)

      You seem to have misinterpreted the aims of the 9th and 10th amendments. Consider this example: firms that sell baked goods in Pennsylvania must be registered with (and licensed by) the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. (This is evidenced on packaging by the cryptic phrase “Reg. Penna. Dept. Agr.”, even for baked goods sold outside of Pennsylvania.) The federal government does not have jurisdiction to ban unregistered, unlicensed bakeries in Pennsylvania; however, Pennsylvania does.

  13. Graham Marsden

    Nice to see...

    ... El Reg letting us comment on Lester's articles which are of such world-shaking import...

  14. Amorous Cowherder

    Let 'em carry on and Darwin will sort them out! The dopey buggers can't walk up a flight of stairs or they'll trip over trying to run away from each other's gangs, most likely under a bus or train! Simple!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      I've seen a couple of these idiots try to jump on the train at the last minute, trip over their pants, and end up half in half out of the door on the floor. Worth a chuckle.

    2. Michael Habel Silver badge

      We can only live in hope!

  15. envmod

    well out

    this look hasn't actually been "in" for about 15 years anyway. the only idiots who dress like this (in the UK at any rate) are absolute chavs who still think Dr Dre's album "The Chronic" is the height of cool. i would imagine it's the same in the US...

    1. Getriebe

      Re: well out

      Yup, no self respecting bloke around the Brixton/Lambeth/Southwalk area I frequent would be seen with this way old look. Strictly a wiggas only look.

  16. Kubla Cant Silver badge

    Remember when

    Cast your mind back to your own salad days, o commentards. Can you honestly say that you never wore anything absurd, offensive or impractical?

    I know that if I review my wardrobe between the ages of 15 and, er, 35, I suffer from extreme internal cringing.

    1. J.G.Harston Silver badge

      Re: Remember when

      "Can you honestly say that you never wore anything absurd, offensive or impractical?"


      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Yes

        You must be a hoot.

    2. VeganVegan

      Re: Remember when

      "Can you honestly say that you never wore anything absurd, offensive or impractical?"


  17. Bernard M. Orwell Silver badge

    I'm sure...

    ...the U.S. made similar outraged noises in the 1950's when leather jackets and greased hair became a thing...

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Coming soon...

    Jumper Pants!

    (Upside down jumpers worn as pants)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Coming soon...

      I don't even want to think about what will be hanging out the neck...

  19. 404 Silver badge

    Two Points

    1. The folks who sag ALWAYS get caught by the cops - pants fall down as they as running. (Watch 'Cops', it's a riot -no pun intended)

    2. Cured that with my boys by pantsing them in public - shame is underrated. Always told my kids they can do whatever they want, once they were out of the house and I wasn't paying the bills. Very fair, I think.


  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    People in public do NOT have the right to wear their pants around their knees exposing their arse and genitals. That's public indecency and prosecutable in virtually every civilized society. Only a dumbarse would suggest this is some kind of God given "right' and only a dumberarse would actually drop their pants like this in public. I think a cap up their arse would be a VERY good deterrent and I hope more people adopt this subtle means to encourage the scumbags to pull their pants up. No one should be forced to endure this abusive behavior of the dirtbags who think it's cool to flash their arses.

    1. Graham Marsden

      Re: WRONG

      "That's public indecency and prosecutable in virtually every civilized society"

      Translation: 'That's the way it is in *my* country which is, of course, the sole measure of what a "civilised society" is...'

      1. Intractable Potsherd Silver badge

        Re: WRONG

        And I suspect that there is a very strong gender bias here. If it were girls/women doing it, the commentators here would be all in favour.

        [Personally, I think the look is ridiculous and impractical, and cannot see how it is "cool" (drafty, perhaps), but I'm aware enough of the gap between what I like and most styles that I just shrug in my usual clueless way when it comes to fashion. The pinnacle of practical elegance to me is cargo trousers with belt and two holsters (penknives on one hip, phone on the other), a tee/polo/light dress shirt, and light fleece, so I know I have nothing to add to any fashion discussion!]

  21. Paul Hovnanian Silver badge

    We tried ...

    ... a ban in my town. But it was dropped due to objections from the pipefitters union.

  22. a well wisher

    Stupid Fashon victims

    Going back a years or two when my sons where involved in kids football (uk), there were one or two teams from the rougher side of town who had a a couple of players who insisted they wear their shorts like this during the game - why the Ref didn't have a word I don't know - but since it only really affectted the other teams mobility we didn't really have problem with it ! - Did look damm silly though - Stupid Fashon victims !

  23. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    league table

    Is it me or has America now overtaken France in the British piss take stakes?

  24. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Eh? WTHF?

    "2010, a Memphis man popped a cap in the ass of a passing youth whose hip dress sense "

    If it was 2010 and anyone was wearing their pants rounds their hips, you can hardly say they had a "Hip dress sense".

    Flashing your ass was done by the gay community in the clubs way back in the 80's.

    Our "yoof" are just catching up now!

    Yeah! HIP!?!

  25. Robert Moore

    Low hanging pants are awesome.

    I love this "style".

    It allows me to detect idiots at a distance. :)

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  27. Katie Saucey


    No one else has said it so I will, it's just a black wannabe gansta thing. I really thought this trend was on it's way out, but what do I know? I live in rural Ontario.

  28. Ace Rimmer

    Oh no, people are OFFENDED!

    As someone who was a teenager in the '80s, the notion of people walking around "looking stupid" is almost ingrained with me as a way of life. If they're wearing their trousers stupidly so what? Are they wearing pants? If yes, then they're not exposing themselves, grow up and get over your mock sensibilities. If no then arrest them for indecent exposure as you would anyone else. Rocket science it ain't. Deliberately choosing to take offence at something that is no more than a moronic fashion (in the eyes of us oldies) is simply retarded. Footloose anyone?

    I will leave the great Steve Hughes to explain it to those who can't grasp it:

  29. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Pull up Duh Panz???



    Oh, Hell NO!

    Leave 'doz panz haf down.

    Then trow da boombox on da shoder and try to run from da PO-Leese

  30. cortland

    Borrowing from Blighty

    That's just pants!

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