You know Flint, Michigan? The place so decimated by job losses that it's sort of become synonymous with Rust Belt poverty?
Well, fear not! The city has just solved all its problems by requiring its residents to wear their pants a few inches higher. From the Detroit Free Press :
Flint residents now have to watch their butts because Police Chief David Dicks is on the lookout.
who took over the department last month on an interim basis, announced
that his officers would start arresting people wearing saggy pants that
expose skivvies, boxer shorts or bare bottoms.
"Some people call
it a fad," Dicks told the Free Press this week while patrolling the
streets of Flint. "But I believe it's a national nuisance. It is
indecent and thus it is indecent exposure, which has been on the books
On June 27, the chief issued a departmental
memorandum telling officers: "This immoral self expression goes beyond
freedom of expression."
The crime, he says, is disorderly conduct
or indecent exposure, both misdemeanors punishable by 93 days to a year
in jail and/or fines up to $500.
The city has even developed a highly scientific method for determining exactly how much you're harming society with your saggy jeans:
Pants pulled completely below the buttocks with underwear showing is
disorderly conduct; saggy pants with skin of the buttocks showing is
indecent exposure, and saggy pants, not completely below the buttocks,
with underwear exposed results in a warning.
Seriously, doesn't the city of Flint -- and its police force -- have slightly bigger fish to fry?