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Saggy Pants Ban?: The Mayor of Wildwood, New Jersey Proposes Getting Rid of the Fashion Faux Pas

Travelers Today       By    Karen Fredrickson

Updated: Jun 03, 2013 12:31 PM EDT

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The mayor of Wildwood, New Jersey, has proposed a ban on saggy pants.(Photo : Flickr)

Wildwood may be on the Jersey shore, but that doesn't mean the mayor wants to be associated with the stereotype perpetrated by the MTV show, causing him to propose a ban on saggy pants, according to ABC News. 

Saggy pants do nothing but reinforce the negative stereotypes that accompany a summer "down the shore," according to Mayor Ernie Troiano, Jr.

"Their whole rear ends are sticking out," Troiano said. "These kids have no respect for anyone, including themselves."

The proposed ban is not the result of any one particular incident, but rather the result of a long line of complaints from people that are sick of seeing underwear hanging out of people's pants.

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"People kept asking what I was going to do about it," Troiano said. The local people are "extremely offended," and want a change to be made.

"We welcome everyone here, we don't discriminate against anyone," Troiano told ABC. "But what about my rights not to have to see your rear end?"

The vote on the proposed ban will take place on June 12. The mayor is "99,9 percent sure" that the ban will succeed. If passed, it will then take 20 days to become law.

His plan is to begin "politely asking" people to pull up their pants starting on the 21st day.

"It's not a hit squad," Troiano said. "There's no Gestapo running up and down the boardwalk looking for offenders."

People that don't comply with the new legislation will be asked to leave the boardwalk. Belligerent offenders will be issued a ticket. The mayor isn't worried about offending fans of the fashion statement.

"I thought about it for a second," he said. "But you know what?

"Go somewhere else," he said. "We don't need the aggravation.

"For every saggy pants we lose, we'll get about 10 families," he added.

Terrebonne Parish in Louisiana tried to ban saggy pants that hang below the waist in April. A councilman in Beaumont, Texas, asked fellow council members to consider a similar ban in May, citing it as a main complaint for the area.

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