I just watched my local 11 P.M. news and they did an investigative report on a popular novelty store in my area. You can view the video and see a brief on the story here.

I have to admit that I am stunned. I remember working in the mall as a teen and although I don't remember items like these (lollipops in the shape of male body parts??), I am sure they probably existed but I never paid much attention.

Is this part of the problem with our kids and teens being overexposed to sex? As a mom, I don't think I would let my kids in Spencer's anymore. Growing up I was never kept out of the store by my parents. Is it because they weren't aware of the adult games, cards, and novelties in the rear of the store or was it just not that bad?

What is most shocking is the fact that kids can buy these items without restriction from the store or its employees. Color me worried! A quick trip to the Spencer's Internet page finds adult "massagers" and "luv stuff".

I'm not a prude. To each his own I say but in the name of protecting my kids... No WAY. If they want to sell these items then that portion of the store should be restricted to the 18 and over crowd and manned by an employee at all times. 

You can read the rest of my post here

What do you think? Have you ever been to Spencer's? Would you let your tween (or any of your children for that matter) go into this store?

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Feb. 1, 2008 at 12:09 AM I remember going into Spencers as a teen and seeing that stuff.  It is odd that they don't have it in an area that is for 18 and over.  Gags and Gifts has some of that stuff too, but they put it in a restricted area.

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Feb. 1, 2008 at 9:29 AM Spencers has always had stuff like that. I'm 30 and remember it being in the malls when I was in junior high almost 20 years ago. I do think it would be nice to have an over 18 area, but really once my kids are old enogh to be going to the mall by themselves they'll probably have heard worse things in the locker room. I'm really not into the kind of gag gift junk that Spencer's carries anyway, so I don't go in and wouldn't bring my kids in.

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Feb. 1, 2008 at 9:46 AM I don't know that they ever had dildos and vibrators in the store when I was that age though. I remember walking through it many times as a teen and I don't remember seeing things like that.

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Feb. 1, 2008 at 3:22 PM

Like Riot said, the Spensers I know has ALWAYS been like that. I remember going in as a teen and feeling like we were sneaking into one of "those" places we weren't supposed to be in. There were all the cutesy novelty items and then then were the "adult" items.  I'm 34 (35 in May) so we are talking 20 years ago.

Those things *should* be in one section and it should be tucked out of the way where the under-18 crowd can't get at it.

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