Every day we see young men -- and sometimes young women -- wearing their pants so low that one wonders how they can walk and why they aren't embarrassed about showing their underwear.
South suburban Lynwood Mayor Eugene Williams says, "It's ugly and stupid. Can't you respect my little kid or my mother when you're out? I wouldn't walk around my own house with my pants hanging down -- why do I have to accept that out in public?"
Reporter Steve Schmadeke found something else, however, that caught our eye: Fines in Lynwood as high as $750.
He reports that police say the $750 fines were made in error and that it's more common to pay $100 to $250.
Schmadeke says the story for him began after he read last month that the town of Collinsville, in the southern part of Illinois, had adopted a ban on saggy pants.
He decided to look at how the laws were being enforced in the Chicago suburbs and submitted requests under public-records law for citations that were being issued in Lynwood and Sauk Village.
He spent time in Lynwood looking for and talking to some family members of those who were ticketed.
While he worked on another story, freelancer Dennis Sullivan assisted him by attending a recent hearing at Lynwood’s town hall for several people who had been ticketed.
At least one of the people at that hearing avoided a fine but was told by the judge to buy a belt.
Amen, your honor.
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