How Sagging Pants Landed a Man in Jail

Talk about getting caught with your pants down.

A youth wears his pants with underwear showing. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

This New York Post story about Joel Donaldson, a 21-year-old man who attempted to rob a woman for her cellphone in broad daylight in Brooklyn, N.Y., has two lessons. 

Joel Donaldson, 21, allegedly punched his victim in the face before snatching her phone at around 2:30 p.m. at Court and Remsen streets, just steps from Borough Hall. He then tried to get away on foot, but didn't get far.

His droopy blue jeans -- which left his boxer shorts exposed -- kept slipping down as he ran.

A cop who was directing traffic nearby spotted the bungling bad guy's sorry sartorial situation and hurried after him.

The first lesson is obvious: Don't rob anyone. The second lesson: If you're going to rob someone (and we emphasize that under no circumstances should anyone ever rob someone), pull the pants up, put on a belt and don't sag. Though we're sure getting away with a crime isn't the reason our elders tell us to pull up our pants, it's obvious that more than our appearance can be compromised if we choose not to listen.

Read more at the New York Post.

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Jozen Cummings is the author and creator of the popular relationship blog Until I Get Married, which is currently in development for a television series with Warner Bros. He also hosts a weekly podcast with WNYC about Empire called Empire Afterparty, is a contributor at and works at Twitter as an editorial curator. Follow him on Twitter

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