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Teenagers in Gloucester say saggy-bottomed trousers are comfortable

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 16, 2013

  • personal style: Ondrea Mazer.

  • COMFORTABLE: Pete Webb, 18, .

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NEARLY every teenager does it, but soon this fashion trend will be banned in a small town in America.

Youths that wear their trousers halfway down their legs in Gloucester say they do it because it's comfortable.

But those who do not conform to the new rules in Terrebonne Parish in Louisiana will be fined.

Offenders will be fined the equivalent of £30 for a first offence, £70 for a second offence and face a further fine and 16 hours' community service if they are caught a third time.

Zac Fletcher-Berg, 17, a student from Gloucestershire College, said: "If that ban was introduced here, it wouldn't work with me.

"Sometimes they are just comfortable to wear like this, but when I am at work as a kitchen assistant, I am told to pull them up because they do not look smart."

Cameron Henderson, 17, also a student, said: "I do not have a problem with people wearing them that low, I do not often wear them low anyway."

The custom originated with inmates in American prisons, where it was used to send a sexual signal to other male convicts.

But it has now become a fashion trend.

Bicielnne Laneley, of Tuxedo Junction, said: "It does not seem to be a huge issue in Gloucester but you do sometimes see boys walking around with them really low.

"You would have thought the phase would have passed by now."

Although college student Pete Webb is guilty of wearing his trousers low, he does not know why he does it.

He said: "I have no idea why I wear them this low, I just do.

"Plus they are comfortable to wear as well."

According to Ondrea Mazer, 18, the fashion trend only works for him in particular materials.

He said: "I wear my jogging bottoms low, not my jeans.

"But I wear them low down because this is my personal style, I do not follow this as a fashion trend."

However wearing trousers so low can cause damage to the garments themselves.

Mohammed Karimi, of Smart Tailoring & Alterations in Southgate Street, said: "It looks terrible when people wear them this low but it also causes damage to the hem of the bottom of the jeans, so they must not do this."

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  • diogenesglos  |  April 17 2013, 8:04PM

    @honslknjklyt is clearly an idiot. "I bet the same "nice boys" wearing their trousers like this are in favour of same sex marriage." What a stupid comment.

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  • FreeRadical1  |  April 17 2013, 4:34PM

    I'm not sure how a discussion about low-slung trousers ended up as an argument about religion, and I can't be bothered to read all of the many previous comments, but perhaps someone could explain the statement that religion is the enemy of God.

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  • Ms_Superstar  |  April 17 2013, 10:15AM

    Honslknjklyt, you are more than welcome to find me offensive. I too find many people offensive. I find intolerance and bigotry offensive. I find people who carelessly drop litter offensive. I find people who ride their bicycles on the footpath offensive (as does the Highway Code). I find supermarkets that sell cheap booze offensive, as well as those who license them to do so. But all of this I tolerate, because I accept that I'm not perfect, and hope that others can at least tolerate my imperfections, even if they cannot accept them.

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  • diogenesglos  |  April 17 2013, 8:19AM

    @honslknjklyt "same sex relationships are not natural......" Please read a biology book!, or spend just a few hours at any zoo. The ape, monkey, lion, penguin, and duck enclosures will be where most homosexual behavior occurs. Its 100% natural. If you have an issue with homosexual activity I suggest you take it up with a male lion.

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  • diogenesglos  |  April 17 2013, 8:19AM

    @honslknjklyt "same sex relationships are not natural......" Please read a biology book!, or spend just a few hours at any zoo. The ape, monkey, lion, penguin, and duck enclosures will be where most homosexual behavior occurs. Its 100% natural. If you have an issue with homosexual activity I suggest you take it up with a male lion.

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  • honslknjklyt  |  April 17 2013, 12:43AM

    I am not religious but I Do follow God and his laws. Religion is the enemy of God. I am not homophobic, I am not scared of people who have same sex relationships. It is up to them, but I do oppose the promotion of it as "normal", "natural". The more people see it the more people become what they see and this in turn increases same sex occurrances. Many people would not become it if they did not see it. I have no hatred towards them. There are in all seriousness some very, very exceptionally nice people, we are all individuals. We will all answer to God when our time comes. Myself included.

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  • gloscityguy  |  April 17 2013, 12:29AM

    So why the problem with gay marriage? Or is it gay people in general? You have every right to be a homophobic, just wondered why does same sex marriage bother you if you are not religious

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  • honslknjklyt  |  April 17 2013, 12:24AM

    No I am not religious.

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  • gloscityguy  |  April 16 2013, 11:40PM

    @ honslknjklyt Would you consider yourself religious?

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  • gloscityguy  |  April 16 2013, 10:30PM

    @ honslknjklyt What did you mean by "I bet the same "nice boys" wearing their trousers like this are in favour of same sex marriage." are you insinuating that there is something wrong with same sex marriage? or just saying that the youth of today aren't as bigoted as used to be?

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