Greensboro considering banning saggy pants on city buses

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Greensboro city officials are considering a new rule when it comes to pants on public transportation — pull ‘em up or find another ride.

A bus rider complained to city council earlier this month about seeing too many saggy pants while riding the city’s buses.

City officials have drafted a proposal banning saggy pants from city buses.

“We want people to feel comfortable, so we are looking at it as more of a decency policy,” said Sharon Hightower, Greensboro city council member.

The proposal against saggy pants defines saggy pants as “the waistbands of the pants, skirts, shorts and/or swim trunks shall not be worn more than three inches below the wearer’s waist.”

“A lot of people are ridiculous with it. You see their underwear. You see the crack of their butt. You don’t want to see that,” says Lisa Haynes, a bus rider.

But Tia Wheeler is not in favor of the proposed rule.

“I think it’s a bad idea. It’s kind of like saying you can’t wear your jacket inside out,” Wheeler said.

Riders who violate the rule will be asked to pull their pants up and keep them up while on the bus. If the rider refuses they won’t be allowed back on any city buses for the rest of the day.

If it happens again, the violator will be banned from the city buses for 30 days.

The proposal could be talked about in the next council meeting.


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