SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A complaint over sex toys sold at a Maine Mall store has prompted an effort to narrow South Portland’s definition of adult business.
Police say a complaint by a customer who was offended by devices sold at Spencer Gifts led to months of talks involving police, city officials and lawyers. The man who brought the complaint urged City Hall to reclassify Spencer’s as an adult business and prohibit anyone under age 18 from entering the store.
A proposal would require companies that sell sex toys to warn parents with signs at the front of stores or package devices so they cannot be viewed by minors. A lawyer for Spencer’s told the Portland Press Herald that it already complies with many of the proposed regulations.
Sex toys similar to those in the South Portland complaint were on display Wednesday afternoon in the Spencer Gifts Bangor Mall location. The items are located in a rear corner of the store near a display of items intended for bachelorette parties.
A sign in the lower-left corner of the storefront window read, “Parental Advisory Adult Humor & Content.”
Spencer Gifts Assistant Manager Jesse Giroux, who answered the phone Wednesday, referred all calls to the company’s corporate headquarters in Egg Harbor, N.J.
Kevin Mahoney, Spencer Gifts general counsel, said there have been no complaints about merchandise at the Bangor Mall.
The South Portland proposal would apply to stores with sex-toy stock or sales of more than 10 percent, Mahoney added. He said the toys and other related items in Spencer Gifts stores typically represent about 1 percent of the sales or inventory.
BDN writer Jessica Bloch contributed to this report.