Test your response here:
Hawkins Bazaar and Keston Gifts, both in Ely Court, have been accused of failing to protect children from the X-rated stock, which includes rudely-shaped toys and novelty sex gifts.
If you said ‘Yeah? So?’, then congratz! You are indeed reasonably firm!
On the other hand…
Parents and clergymenhave condemned the shops.The Reverend Giles Walter, from St John’s Church in the town, said: “There will always be a market for so-called ‘adult toys’ but I was frankly astonished to find them right next to puzzles for three and six-year-olds.
“It’s very sad that a shop in our town can sink so low.”
Parent Sara Bird, 29, of London Road, who was shopping with her four-year-old son, said: “It’s very strange and sad that shops are allowed to do this.
“Just because they are novelty items doesn’t mean it’s OK to put them out next to the toys.”
The Hawkin’s Bazaar manager apologised; the other shop didn’t. I know where I’d go next time…
Trading Standards said the police was the only authority with the power to remove the items.
Nice sidestepping there! Whew, dodged a bullet, eh?
Inspector Adrian Allen of Kent Police revealed that police had received no complaintsfrom the public.He added: “We apply a common-sense approach to sensitive issues like this and ask whether a ‘person of reasonable firmness’ would find it offensive.”
Thank god for common sense, but perhaps a ‘Really madam? Don’t you think we’ve got better things to do with our time?’ approach would benefit you more?