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Don’t bust a sag in Struthers

Published: Wed, March 28, 2012 @ 9:57 p.m.

Don’t bust a sag in Struthers


Kids, listen: When you’re in the Struthers city building, or anywhere in the city, for that matter, keep your pants on.

The whole way on — half-way doesn’t count.

In city police reports, it’s called “busting a sag.” If you’re walking down the street with your flowered boxers sticking out 10 inches above your jeans, you might get a lecture from a police officer if one sees you.

If you’re in the city building, you’re likely to get a lecture from Ed Wildes, the city’s safety services director, who is asking city council for an ordinance to cover the issue of sagging pants so he doesn’t have to see your underwear anymore.

Wildes brought his request to a council caucus meeting Wednesday.

“It’s just hard to regulate how people dress,” Dominic Leone, the city’s law director, told him. “But I could pull the indecency ordinance out and look at expanding it.”

“I would like to take a common sense approach,” Wildes replied. “You shouldn’t walk around with your pants hanging off your [butt].”

“You wouldn’t go into a job interview like that,” he continued, or into the courtroom or a school, he pointed out.

“I’ll be damned if I’ll let them in city hall like that,” he said.

“You start letting the youth in this community dictate what’s going to be done in this community and you’ve got chaos,” he added. “It starts with a dress code.”

Leone said he’ll review the law already on the books and make a recommendation to council.

“It might already be in there,” he said. “Why create a new law?”

He also said it’s hard for a city to tell people how to dress, because the city could run afoul of the U.S. Constitution.

“I just don’t think we can regulate how people dress, as long as they’re covered up,” he said.


1Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

""If you’re walking down the street with your flowered boxers sticking out 10 inches above your jeans, you might get a lecture from a police officer if one sees you.""

And the Police Officer should throw in "How STUPID they look."

Show some respect to Society. They look so ridiculous and what could you tell a little child that sees that?

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2jbyrd1960(49 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

The Niles school system lets their kids dress like that. Drive by the high school and you think your in a prison yard. It's disgusting!

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3DwightK(1537 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

No one looks lazier than some fool with his drawers showing.

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4Billy_Bob(60 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Next stop, 1984!

It starts at home, parents need to discipline their children and raise them to be respectful and productive.

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5ts1227(137 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

While it may be a stupid look, there is no possible way that they can make a law dictating how to dress when in public.

In City buildings? While a waste of resources in my opinion (I'd rather let them look stupid in City Hall than waste the manpower on it - I mean, how otfen are kids willingly entering City Hall anyway?), feel free to enforce there, but this director is horribly out of line trying to legislate this in the public.

In the general public isn't a job interview, courtroom or school, who gives a damn if they're not dressed for those places when in public? It's a "time and place" thing, and this is trying to take it WAY too far, regardless of the fact that they look like morons. They have that right in public.

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6ksmith(1 comment)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

but if allowed to walk the streets with their pants hanging around their knees, think how easy it is to catch the buggers after they have robbed/beat up/shot or otherwise maimed decent people.

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7Billy_Bob(60 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Sagging originated in prison. Those who sagged their pants indicated they behaved in homoerotic behavior.

Tell that to your kids.

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