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4. Rise of the Saggy Pants

Perhaps convinced that the city should put the fashion police on the beat, former Charleston City Councilman Wendell Gilliard made a battle against wearing your britches around your knees his final crusade. His proposal to fine offenders followed similar ordinances elsewhere, but it never made it to a vote in Charleston due to other council members worried about imposing such strenuous dress codes — and what kind of sparkles will be used on the hall monitor sash.

In 2009: Gilliard has moved on to the state House of Representatives, where Sen. Robert Ford has already introduced a bill that would create a statewide ban on saggy pants (though it’s safe to say the measure won’t go far).

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