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Florida city bars baggy pants on city property

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 Do your pants hang low? You could get slapped with a $500 fine or face jail time in Ocala, Fla. (Mark Humphrey/Associated Press)
Baggy pants are a no-go in Ocala, Fla., where its city council recently approved an ordinance making wearing baggy pants on city property illegal.

In a unanimous vote, city council ushered in an ordinance that prohibits people from wearing pants that fall two inches below their natural waistline, exposing their underwear or buttocks, according to the Ocala Star-Banner.

Sidewalks, streets, parks and sports and recreation facilities are among the city property (owned and leased) where low-slung pants are banned, the newspaper reported. 

According to WFTV, first-timers will receive a warning but repeat offenders could be slapped with a $500 fine or face jail time. 

"Sometimes fads come in and they go out, but this one, to me, just seems to be getting worse," Mary Sue Rich, who spearheaded the ordinance, told ABC News.

"I'm just tired of looking at young men's underwear, it's just disrespectful."

This is the second time Rich fronted the ordinance, the network reported. Concerns were raised over a potential for racial profiling the first time and those worries continue to be prevalent. 

"It just makes no sense whatsoever," resident Adia Crumley told WFTV. "It's another way to lock people up and put them in jail so the city can make money off of that."

According to the Ocala Star-Banner, Rich said she does not view the ordinance as profiling.

"It doesn't matter what colour they are," Rich told the Ocala Star-Banner. "They all wear their pants down."

She acknowledged the charge to ABC News.

"Everyone's saying I'm targeting young black men," she said. "I'm black. I've been black for a long time. Why would I be targeting black men? I would just like to ask one of these men 'What is the advantage of pulling your pants down so far?'"

According to the network, Mayor Kent Guinn may veto the ban.

"I don't think it's a good law," Guinn told ABC News.

"When we start getting into creating laws that prohibit peoples' freedom of expression and the way they dress, I think you're getting into some dangerous territory."

What do you think of the baggy pants ban? 

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