If you live in South Carolina, you might want to pull your pants up.
The town council in Timmonsville, South Carolina, voted 5-to-1 to prohibit public nudity, any pornographic material shown in public, and pants or shorts that reveal underpants, reports WBTW.
Those who violate the law could be subject to a maximum $600 in fines and a minimum of $100.
A first-time offender who “intentionally” shows their undergarments will receive a verbal warning from law enforcement officials, notes USA Today. Those who get caught more than once could be placed in a repeat offender sagging pants registry. Anyone caught with their pants too low who is in the registry could then be subject to the fines.
In addition to public nudity and potentially exposing minors to pornography, the ordinance also bans individuals from showing “the flesh of one’s rear-end, behind, or backside during stationary or movement within the city limits” or from wearing “pants, trousers, or shorts such that the known undergarments are [intentionally] displayed/exposed to the public,” notes WMBF.
Though not all residents were pleased with the new law, many say that it is long overdue.
“It’s about time that someone does something,” one mother wrote on the Timmonsville town Facebook page, according to USA Today. “It is indecent. My 8-year-olds have pointed out to me men with their belt buckles right over their privates. That, in my eyes, is very near exposure.”
Timmonsville is not the first town to outlaw the fashion trend — the city council in Ocala, Florida, banned low-hanging pants in 2014 but repealed the measure months after, notes WKMG-TV. Florida’s NAACP branch considered bringing a lawsuit over the ban on a style primarily popular with African American men.
“I’m sorry, it’s going to be black males that are the subject of this,” said Dale Landry of the state’s NAACP.
Even Mayer Kent Guinn, who signed the ordinance, changed his mind on it around that time.
“I think you get into really dangerous territory when you start legislating what type of clothes people wear or how they put together their ensemble,” Guinn said.