A newly proposed bill in South Carolina would levy fines against those with pants sagging below their waist.
House Bill 4957, was introduced this month, making it “unlawful for a person to appear in public wearing his pants more than three inches below the crest of his ileum exposing his skin or undergarments.”
The ileum is “the last division of the small intestine extending between the jejunum and large intestine,” according to the dictionary.
Also spelled with an “i” in place of the “e,” it means the broad, upper portion of either hipbone.
The noncriminal offense would levy a civil fine on the offender.
The first offense would draw a $25 fine. The second offense would draw a fine of $50 or three hours or less of community service, or both.
The third offense would draw a fine of $75 or six hours or less of community service.
The bill was cosponsored by a number of lawmakers, including both Republicans and Democrats.
The bill was referred to the Judiciary Committee.
Representative Wendell Gilliard (D-Charleston) was one of the cosponsors.
“We have to lead by example. It is necessary because it’s not getting any better,” he told ABC. “If a female was to go around in the same fashion, pants down by their ankles or below the waist, we would see that as indecent exposure.”
WLTX reported that a similar ordinance passed in Timmonsville in 2016.