Evan Bleier, "Tennessee city will no longer put up with saggy pants," UPI
(May 14, 2014):
The City Council of Pikeville unanimously approved an ordinance that would make individuals who wear their pants "more than three inches below the top of the hips (crest of the ilium)" guilty of public indecency.
This is neither a new nor a local phenomenon. See Marcel Pagnol (1895-1874), Manon of the Springs
, chapter 15 (tr. W.E. van Heyningen; ellipsis in original):
"You poor simpleton!" cried the Papet. "Just look at the rich—they always have their trousers well supported, whereas peasants, with their woollen belts, the backsides of their trousers hang down to their knees..."