Employers in Riviera Beach, Florida, have some help in enforcing their dress codes: the police. That's because the city has a new ordinance that forbids the exposure of undergarments in public.
Mayor Thomas Masters proposed the ordinance to prevent individuals from wearing baggy pants or low-rise jeans that sit below the waist and expose the skin or undergarments. Voters approved the ordinance in March 2008.
Violators of the ordinance face a fine of $150 for the first offense and community service and a $300 fine for the second offense. If the individual fails to complete the community service, he or she could face up to 60 days in jail.
One man was recently cited under the ordinance. The Smoking Gun reports that police accuse the 29-year-old man of violating the ordinance by wearing shorts that "were so low that it exposed his blue and white boxer shorts approximately two inches below his waist."
Police say that they were responding to a complaint unrelated to the exposed undergarments ordinance when they approached the man. They allege that the man became loud and uncooperative. They eventually arrested the man for "disorderly conduct and exposure of the undergarments by wearing pants below the waist in public."
At least 10 other individuals have been arrested under the ordinance, the Smoking Gun reports.
Source: The Smoking Gun