A city in Texas has taken a stand against saggy pants, prohibiting those who refuse to pull them up from riding the bus.
But just how low is too low? Anyone whose underwear or buttocks is exposed can no longer ride the bus in Fort Worth.
“Riders don’t want to see a person dressed like that on a public bus,” Joan Hunter, communications manager for the Ft. Worth Transportation Authority, told Reuters. “Our customers think it's disrespectful.”
Signs have now gone up in city buses, reading, “Pull ’em up or find another ride.”
About 50 people were kicked off the first day the policy went in to place. (It is at the bus driver’s discretion to decide which pants need hiking up.)
Although some passengers have complained, Ms. Hunter said the new rules are simply an extension of the dress code that has been in place at the transit authority for years, which requires shoes and shirts.
She added that the new pants rule is actually much easier on riders than any of the other of the authority’s clothing policies.
“All you need to do is pull your pants up before you get on the bus. You don’t have to go home and get a shirt or get a pair of shoes. Then, after you get off the buss you can dress however you want,” she said.
Should saggy pants be banned from public transit? Or the streets in general?