Police Raid Spencer Gifts, Confiscate 'Sex-Related' Products

We hadn’t been in a Spencer Gifts (aka Spencer’s) since Color Me Badd was lighting up the charts, but our memories of the mall-based stores are of goofy bachelor party gag gifts and posters of bikini-clad women. The authorities in Rapid City, SD, believe the store is an unlicensed “adult-oriented business” and on Monday the police seized boxes containing around 2,000 “sex-related” products.

Though the Spencer’s in the Rushmore Mall had been in business since 1979, it was only in the last year that someone got around to filing a complaint with the city, which then sent letters demanding the store be in line with regulations regarding adult-oriented businesses.

And then, according to the Rapid City Journal, on Monday, the police showed up with a search warrant:

The search warrant… allowed officers to seize all merchandise designed for use during sexual activity, books, films or other visual representations of sexual activity or anatomical areas, novelty items depicting genitals or exposed female breasts and packaging of items depicting sexual activity or anatomical areas, according to court documents.

The city attorney told the paper that he anticipates filing charges soon based on the evidence seized during the raid.

One point of contention is just how much of Spencer’s stock is actually adult-oriented. Local regulations say that businesses can sell adult merchandise without a license as long as it does not make up a “substantial or significant portion of its stock.” Various courts have defined substantial to mean anywhere from 20-50%.

A lawyer for Spencer’s says that adult material only made up 5% of the items on sale at the Rapid City store.

If Spencer’s is found to have been operating an adult-oriented business without a license, the owner could be looking at a $200 fine and 30 days in jail for every day a business fails to register.

Spencer’s could face criminal charges; more than 2,000 products confiscated [Rapid City Journal]


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  1. the Persistent Sound of Sensationalism says:

    Yeah, maybe a mall store should be selling vibrators and vibrating cock-rings to minors…

    If they want to sell that stuff, maybe they should have an 18+ area that you have to show your id to enter?

    • the Persistent Sound of Sensationalism says:

      *shouldn’t* >

    • evnmorlo says:

      Indeed, minors should only use sex-related paraphernalia in the presence of an adult.

    • acasto says:

      Or maybe parents could be parents and not let their kids run wild around the mall. I’m sick of prudes who run around trying to force other people to shelter their kids just so that they don’t have to answer any uncomfortable questions. Grow up people.

      • Bohemian says:

        If your that neurotic about your kids going into Spencers how about you DO SOMETHING to prevent your kids from going into Spencers.

        There is a newish law on the books in SD because of an adult themed store on the outskirts of town. It so offended the bible beaters in the nearby suburb that they demanded a state law restricting adult stores. The store in question is in between a transmission shop and an empty field in a rural industrial park near the interstate. There are no homes, schools or residential areas anywhere near it. The place is landlocked to the point you can not get there except by car on a county highway. The building has nothing suggestive on the outside what so ever. Yet this made the fundies hair burst into flames. Thus the stupid law on the books.

        If the Spencer’s is anything like the Rapid City one (it likely is) there is minimal adult stuff, mostly joke items. They are also sequestered to the back corner of the store. There is no way the inventory at the Spencer’s in question violates the law by being 20% or so of their inventory.

        • stranger than fiction says:

          I often wonder how this rabidly anti-sex crowd manages to reproduce… in Idiocracy-worthy numbers, no less. Hmm.

    • ThunderRoad says:

      You can get those same vibrators and vibrating cock rings at Walmart in the condom/lube section. You realize that, right?

    • Gulliver says:

      When I was a minor, I ,made my vibrators and cock rings at home.

    • spamtasticus says:

      Yea. There are children dying every day from exposure to vibrating lubricated cock rings. We must save the children.
      A. Children will find out about sex even if you don’t want them to.
      B. Sex is not bad. Unsafe sex brought on by dumb parents living in a fantasy world of self delusion is bad.
      C. ID are terrible means for identifying someone. Just ask the millions of high-school students in the US drinking under age.
      D. Seriously? Cock rings? this is what we need to burn tax dollars on? Licensing the sale of Cock Rings?

      • Griking says:

        Would you feel the same way if someone was emailing your children pictures of penises or mailing your 12 year old daughter lubricants trials? I’m sure that you’re the perfect parent and have already taught your kids everything that there is to know about sex but that doesn’t mean that everyone’s children should.

        • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

          LOL, is Spencer’s Gifts really stalking your 12-year-old?

        • RTWinter says:

          That… has nothing to do with anything we’re talking about at all.

        • cigsm says:

          So why dont YOU be a GOOD parent & not let your children into Spencers if YOU dont want YOUR kid seeing stuff sold in Spencers. After all, if YOU know they sell products YOU dont want YOUR kid seeing, then YOU shouldn’t take YOUR kid or allow YOUR kid into Spencers. That way, the rest of the world can live peacefully with the fact that Spencers may sell a few adult oriented items & the local government doesn’t have to intervene and do YOUR job as a parent!

          • Griking says:

            I hear that capitalizing half of your post makes it that much more credible.

            Listen, I’m not saying that Spencer is stalking my 12 year old daughter. I’m just saying that it isn’t appropriate to sell stuff intended for adults in a store that caters to children.

            Honestly I don’t know whats in my spam folder. The reason that I have a spam folder is so I don’t have to see that stuff.

            Sure, Target sells condoms and lubricants, but they don’t keep them in the toy department or right next to the Twilight t-shirts and posters.

            And finally I do watch my children when I go to the mall with them. And the reason that I’m forced to watch them like a hawk is because stores like Spencers and Abercrombie and Fitch that try to puddle porn to them.

        • dragonvpm says:

          Have you seen what’s in your spam folder lately?

        • Gulliver says:

          Pictures of penises is not the same as a dildo or even a lubricant. I have no problem with lubricants in the store. In fact TARGET has them next to their CONDOM section. it is NOT behind a curtain. Not locked away. ANY person at Target can buy these items if they have the money. Thanks for the example that proves how wrong you are.

      • the Persistent Sound of Sensationalism says:

        Yes, sex is something that everyone will and should learn about (as early as possible, imo). However, since there is no age limit in (most) Spencer’s, I’d prefer that if they’re going to sell that stuff, it be kept in a separate area where you have to show id to enter.

        And it annoys the piss out of me when people use the rhetoric of causality vs. correlation. Do people get around ID? Yes. Does that mean that it’s useless? Not by a long shot. I guarantee that I never sold alcohol to a minor when I worked in a liquor store; and I’m so certain that I’d bet my life on it. That doesn’t mean someone with a valid ID didn’t give it to a minor.

        You know what? You’re a troll. F-you.

        • dragonvpm says:

          Holy over-reaction Batman!

          Just because someone disagrees with you doesn’t make them a troll.

          YOU prefer that kids show ID before going into the 18+ room? Well good for you, I (and apparently other folks here) don’t agree with you. Some of us think that making the information available to people who are looking for it is far more valuable than pretending that putting the naughty adult stuff behind a curtain will stop them from having The Sex.

          Oh, and your understanding of causality vs correlation is totally off. The point being made was that when someone wants something they will often go to great lengths to get it and requiring IDs for these sorts of items is pointless since nothing sold by Spencers would be hard for a kid to come across online IF THEY ARE LOOKING FOR IT. Do you really think that kids can’t figure out that a “personal massager” is basically a vibrator? Have you looked at the stuff Wal Mart carries? From the dawn of time people have wanted to have sex and no amount of curtains or ID checks in Spencers is going to stop them from pursuing that when they want it.

        • crunchberries says:

          I love how you bitch about correlation vs. causation and then go and use an anecdote as data. Bravo.

        • spamtasticus says:

          Don’t contradict him with logic crunch. Or you will be branded a troll.
          The reason’s that ID’s are a bad idea is not because of the millions of fake ones out there but because their use lulls people into accepting the “Real Ones” as actual proof of someone’s Identity. If you want to get even deeper. It lulls them into thinking that knowing someone’s identity somehow allow you to predict what they will or will not do. This is why ID’s are a very very bad thing. FYI, Information and Identity are what I have been doing for a living for the past 25 years. As far as “I guarantee that I never sold alcohol to a minor when I worked in a liquor store; and I’m so certain that I’d bet my life on it.” I hope your god is not a vengeful god because I’d bet my life that not one but several individuals gave you “fake identity”. Either an id that was manufactured by someone other than the issuing group stated on the ID (example DMV). Or an ID that was in fact issued by said group but was proffered with lies and fake accompanying documents. Or and ID that was issued by said group but the attendant accepted a bribe to use false data (happens all the time). There are hundreds of other variations on identity’s weakness.

        • Gulliver says:

          Is there an age limit on sex? A vibrator or any product used for sex is not illegal to sell to anybody. These are not nude images (porn), or things people ingest (alcohol or tobacco). Any kid who can go to the mall without parents and has the money can go ahead and buy as many dildos as they want.
          What is the purpose for asking for ID? This is not selling an illegal or restricted product. Do you think a kid seeing a dildo will turn him into a raging maniacal rapist?

    • sonneillon says:

      That Spencers sells cock rings and vibrators? Ahhh man the one near me never sold anything that cool.

    • crazydavythe1st says:

      I’m fairly sure that I’ve never seen a Spencer’s that sold that stuff.

      But yeah, let’s keep sex toys/tools for masturbation away from those under 18. That will go well.

    • smirkette says:

      In San Francisco, that’s exactly what they did–they had a 18+ section. Granted, most of the stores I went to didn’t enforce it, but they had the signs up!

    • dew_crew says:

      The one in my local mall did require an ID to be in the adult area, and would throw kids out for being back there.
      Theyd also require an id for the purchase of adult items.

      I think it depends on the management.

    • RvLeshrac says:

      Perhaps the massively-republican Rapid City should follow their own advice and stop regulating the free market.

    • TuxedoCartman says:

      I’m confused. People keep saying, “We gotta stop teenagers from having teh sex!” But now we’re freaking out that, “Oh noes! They may be selling vibrators to teh kids!”

      Seriously, why the freakout about this? You know how many STD’s or pregnancies have resulted from masturbation, with or without toys? ZERO. Hell, if I knew they wouldn’t die of embarrassment from me doing it, I’d buy my kids that sort of stuff from the minute their old enough to start asking questions.

    • Incident8 says:

      Masturbation is healthy and people need to get over the idea that keeping sexual related material from teens will keep teens from sex. It won’t.

  2. ktetch says:

    cases like this…
    titillate me.

  3. Liam Kinkaid says:

    NOW where am I gonna get my “Old Fart Pills”?

  4. Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

    “The city attorney told the paper that he anticipates filing charges soon based on the evidence seized during the raid. “

    Of course. Have to check out that evidence. Thoroughly.

    • Platypi {Redacted} says:

      “In other news, a very noticeable decrease in police presence in Rapid City can be expected over the next few days as officers paw through the evidence.”

    • Segador says:

      The District Attorney stated in a press release:

      “After a thorough examination, I can now state with certainty that many of these products are meant to be used during sex and/or masturbation.”

  5. obits3 says:

    I always wondered about this. When I was a kid, I when there because I saw the lava lamps, but then I found the other things and was like, wow.

  6. Darrone says:

    No expert, but last time i checked there are 8 million pieces of shit in your average Spencers.

  7. speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

    packaging of items depicting… anatomical areas

    Any anatomical areas?

    • metsarethe... says:

      And the posters of 99% naked women? Oh wait, those aren’t sex products?

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      right? all those sexy hand models in the how to open the package illustrations are definitely there to tempt your teens into premarital sex

  8. TerpBE says:

    I was in a Spencer’s a year or so ago and it did seem like they seemed to trending more towards “sex toys” than “funny erotic novelties”. It’s just joke mini-condoms and furry handcuffs anymore; they actually had a full section of vibrators.

  9. IT-Princess: I work in IT, you owe me $1 says:

    I see parents bringing young kids in there and I don’t think it’s appropriate.
    I always wondered how they got away with having so much on display. I had a friend who worked at a store called Gamer’s Paradise, and they kept similar adult items closed in a frosted glass cage.
    I guess maybe kids should be able to buy their Twilight t-shirts and other innocent items without being around penis pasta and edible underwear etc.

    • Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ã‚œ-゜ノ) says:

      I was coerced into walking into a Spencer’s a few months ago. Gotta say standing there with kids within spitting distance creeped me out more than going to a genuine bona-fide adult store.

    • ArgusRun says:

      Absolutely. Those kids reading about a man tearing open a uterus with his teeth should not be subjected to a realist depiction of a penis. They might be traumatized.

      • stranger than fiction says:

        I’m not familiar with the specific story or incident you reference… but yeah, WTF is with parents’ acceptance of kids viewing and/or virtually participating in downright graphic violence, but getting the vapors if the kids see anything that vaguely resembles the natural act of sex?! One mom, when asked about this, looked at me like I had two heads and said her kid understands that the violence is fake, but seeing sex at such a young age would permanently mess up his sexual development. No amount of logic could make her see the disconnect in her argument.

        This was a streetwise chick, not a church lady in a broomhandle skirt. <???>

        It’s almost like we as a society WANT our kids to channel their sexual urges into aggression instead. Of course, a few more years of endocrine-disrupter pollution and we won’t have to worry about that anyway…

    • Scoobatz says:

      Funny you say that. I always thought that once you’re old enough to become a parent, you’ve reached the point where it’s inappropriate to shop at Spencers. Kind of like watching a 40 year old ride a skateboard.

    • Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

      I don’t think letting small kids in there is a problem, especially not when, as you said, a parent is with them. I’m so open about sex even let my little boys suck on my wife’s titties.

  10. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Been to Spencer’s. Pretty sure they fit the 20-50% threshold.

  11. INsano says:

    God forbid Spencer’s operate in the hallows of the American mall where such benevolent forces as the one-armed employee-firing, toxic chemical perfume spraying, Philippine-export-processing-zone maufacturing Abercrombie and Fitch operates. Why to think that things of a sexual nature are sold in the same venue as cleavage-and-thongs-falling-through-the-display-windows Victoria’s Secret is cause for trepidation. Upstanding corporations such as American Apparel, what with their anorexic-required models and their “I sleep with 1/2 of my models and employees” CEO must truly be concerned to share storefront space with the purveyor of six-sided “love dice” and “adult poker” packages. The economy being as strong as it is, this scourge of shopping malls will doubtless be replaced by a more worthy vendor, perhaps a Nike outlet or a Foot Locker who improve society with their single-minded message to their customers, most of who are poor: “These shoes sold to you for a week’s worth of your minimum wage, burger flipping job are the only thing that give your existence any worth.”

    Truly, edible panties are one of the bigger issues one could tackle in a mall.

    • the Persistent Sound of Sensationalism says:

      There’s a big difference between lingerie at Victoria’s secret and the vibrators and sexual aids sold at Spencer’s.

      That’s quite a tirade you managed to avoid addressing the issue of the story with.

      • DeepHurting says:

        Giant, wall-sized cleavage and crotch photos v. vague cylindrical object in a funky box.
        You’re right. They’re quite different.

    • ChuckECheese says:

      You sir/madame, are the 21st century’s Jonathan Edwards, preaching the turpitude of our multi-branded gomorrahs affectionately called “malls.”

    • shanelee24 says:

      I love it when commenters on here use the story at hand to soapbox, without at least addressing the major points to the story. Sure, there are plenty of things wrong with your average american mall, but surely the issue at hand has enough merit to warrant actual discussion. I honestly would rather a one armed employee lose his job and get support and notice for his cause than have my 13 year old neice be subjected to a series of vibrators and “fun” gag condoms without any warning whatsoever.

      • cigsm says:

        Well see there’s the thing. Your warning is that YOU KNOW WHAT SPENCERS SELLS! So YOUR job being the parent is for YOU to do the parenting, not the local government.

        I’m so sick of crazy parents wanting EVERYONE ELSE to do THEIR job. Ban this movie, ban that, no more violent video games, bla bla bla bla. Just having sex & feeding the kid does not a parent make. You actually have to, you know, PARENT.

    • Bohemian says:

      You are correct. The toxic chemical stew being pumped out into the mall air from Abercrombie is a far bigger public safety issue than someone being offended because Spencer’s sells a few racy items.

    • Griking says:

      If they allow Spencers to sell vibrators and other sex toys out in the open then don’t be surprised or upset when other companies pop up in your town and want to sell other “novelties” to your children.

      • DeepHurting says:

        Won’t someone think of the CHILDREN!

      • nodaybuttoday says:

        Show me one statistic that demonstrates that sex toys increase the chances of teens having sex. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. When a teen feels comfortable exploring their sexuality alone, they are less likely to explore it with a partner.

  12. badgeman46 says:

    When I was a kid, My mom used to take me into Spencers to get gag-gum, whoopie cushions, the occasional hand buzzer. Sure there was some risque stuff, but that was limited to bikini clad fat lady birthday cards, and at worst a gag oversized body condoms. Today Spencer’s stocks full on dildos, cock rings, anal beads, sexual apparel and pretty much every thing you would see in a porn shop, with the exception of movies. I have to flash my id to get into an actual sex toy shop in Mass. Yet you see kids all the time in spencers.

    • dragonvpm says:

      So no one under 18 was having sex when you were a kid? Or do you think that the selection of adult products in today’s Spencers is having a quantifiable and negative impact on how much sex teenagers are having?

      Honestly I’ve never understood why people get so bent out of shape over “sex toys” or things of that sort. As far as I can tell, PEOPLE in general are obsessed with sex and it seems like giving them options like vibrators, SI swimsuit issues, and romance novels is a fairly low risk way to let them get off without having to resort to outright sex with someone else. From what I’ve seen the most dangerous thing for a teen’s (or adult’s) safety is ignorance and hiding things from view and making them taboo seems more likely to pique teen’s interest.

  13. bcsus83 says:

    Having lived in Rapid City and been to that store and many others, I can say that Spencers, at least 7 months ago, didn’t have nearly the ‘adult’ inventory as other Spencers I’ve been to in the past. However, it doesn’t surprise me a bit. Rapid is all about squeezing every dime out of every person and business they can and fining you up the wazoo if they can figure out a way to fine you for not giving it to them.

    • bcsus83 says:

      Thought I’d add that while I agree that Spencers should have an adult only section, this particular store is really tame compared to those in the Seattle and San Diego areas (and others, I’m sure).

  14. JohnJ says:

    This is silly. The Rapid City Police Department must not have any real crime to deal with.

    • nybiker says:

      Wasn’t there a Mr. Roger O. Thornhill who was involved in something at Mt. Rushmore? I think the police might have had to investigate that.

    • Rommel says:

      It’s North Dakota… there aren’t any criminals to go after; the entire population makes up the 20-man police force >.>

    • Bohemian says:

      It is South Dakota. Someone pitched a fit and now the copies of Cosmo at Hyvee have these plastic U shaped covers over the stack of magazines. Apparently the story titles are so dangerous and offensive to someone that they demanded they be covered up.

      About 10% of the population is insane rabid xtian fundamentalist teabagger types. They give the rest of the population something to mock around the water cooler. Every office has just one of these people. I think it is part of some equal opportunity employment program.

      • Megalomania says:

        Actually, I’d kind of like that as a general rule. Especially if it applied to tabloids. The best thing about the death of disposable print media will be getting to forget that Tom Cruise exists and is absolutely nuts.

      • YOXIM says:

        Cosmo should be pulled off the shelves period. They aren’t going far enough. That magazine sucks. I bought an issue once and there were no titties!!! WTF?!

  15. AI says:

    No different than San Francisco stores. I’ve been going in there ever since I was 8 years old and they’ve always had penis pasta, boob glasses, and muff diver t-shirts etc etc etc. Whoopidy doo. Nice to see that there’s no crime anymore in SD that they can spend time raiding bullshit novelty stores. Thanks government.

    • RayanneGraff says:

      Those qualify as novelty items. I think the items in question are more along the lines of actual vibrators, sex dolls, & whatnot.

  16. Alvis says:

    No one who shops at Spencer’s has ever had sex.

  17. Mike says:

    Think of the children!!!!!!!

  18. bball123h says:

    Shoot. I was heading there this afternoon to pick up my Federal Breast Inspector license.

    I guess I’ll have to head to city hall now.

  19. dourdan says:

    “punishable by a $200 fine and 30 days in jail for every day a business fails to register”

    “Spencer’s has been in Rushmore Mall since 1979,”

    ouch. i hope that is not what is comes to.

  20. Fantoche_de_Chaussette says:

    Gun stores, knife kiosks, Saw-XXVIII at the multiplex, and McDonalds peddling heart-clogging “Happy” meals: all good clean family retail fun.

    But any allusions to sex? OMG, think of the children!

    And yet, in the Netherlands, which has a rather more open attitude towards sex in general, and sexual businesses in particular, the kids seem to be doing substantially better than their American counterparts: the Dutch teen pregnancy rate is seven times lower than the US rate.

  21. AngryK9 says:

    I am glad to see my tax dollars at work funding such raids to protect me from those evil tit mugs…Mommy’s precious little snowflake has virgin eyes and I can’t handle seeing such things lest it mentally scar me for the rest of my adult life.

  22. smarty-pants44 says:

    Owner…. as in CEO? or Store Manager? Or is Spencer’s a franchise?

  23. Sunflower1970 says:

    Sheesh. Oh, c’mon. It’s *Spencer’s*

    I used to go to one when I lived in Sioux Falls, SD in the ’80s to buy Duran Duran stuff. They were the only place at that time that had posters and other stuff of the glam band.

    I was just at one two nights ago in Austin, TX, and it hasn’t changed. I honestly don’t see anything wrong with it. Just goofy, border-line merchandise.

  24. frak says:

    I feel safer already.

  25. RayanneGraff says:

    I like Spencer’s, but I’ve always been kind of troubled by the giant wall o’ dildoes displayed in plain sight of anyone that walks in. If they wanna sell that stuff, there needs to be an 18+ area for it. Minors don’t need to see that shit. I rarely play the ‘think of the children’ card, but I should be able to take my 7 year old sister with me when I go look at body jewelry without having to worry about her asking me why they call that wierd pink club a ‘rabbit’.

    • donopolis says:

      Your “Body Jewelry would also be considered an adult item…so there’s that.

    • Fubish says: I don't know anything about it, but it seems to me... says:

      Ummm… why would you take 7 year old into any Spencer’s? Wierd!

    • Gulliver says:

      So having your belly button or nipple or clitoris pierced is ok, but a dildo can not be explained? Get over it. If you take a 7 year old to Spencers that is on you to deal with. I have a simple answer. That is a toy that adults like. I would also say it is somewhat like coffee or vegetables. You probably won’t like it now, but when you are older you probably will. Problem solved.

  26. shaner55418 says:

    Everything can be considered a “sex-related product” if you are desperate enough….. :)

  27. drjayphd says:

    Sales associate: (holds up cookie) It’s a… it’s a… IT’S A ROCKET SHIP!

  28. ThunderRoad says:

    Hope the police raid Walmart next, since you can find vibrators and cock rings there mixed in with the condoms and lube.

    • shanelee24 says:

      Yeah, no. Ive never seen a vibrator at walmart, unless you count the foot variety. Nice try though.

      • ThunderRoad says:

        Look up the “Trojan Fingertip Vibrator” or the “Hitachi Magic Wand” or “Durex Little Gem Personal Massager” or “Durex Play Waterproof Vibrator” – all available for your orgasmic pleasure in your local walmart.

      • Crunchbones says:

        Must not be looking hard enough. You can buy Trojan cock rings, and several “personal vibrators” at just about any Walmart or pharmacy around here. This is in Alabama, by the way.

    • Michaela says:

      Um…I’ve never been to one of those Walmarts…

  29. Portlandia says:

    Bring on the “Do it for the children” posts….

  30. dolemite says:

    Wow, so the cops have NOTHING better to do? Their novelty items are usually massage oils, some furry cuffs, a few tasteless gags/jokes. My God, I’d be embarrassed if I was that police chief or DA.

  31. SG-Cleve says:

    They’re not saying they can’t sell the stuff, they’re saying they need to pay for a license first.

    You know – cash for the city.

  32. There's room to move as a fry cook says:

    A typical Spencers does $1/2 – $1 million in sales/year. Where will the upstanding citizens of Rapid City get their jolly’s now?

    • Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

      That is pathetic! My little computer shop did over $5M /year. That wouldn’t even cover rent in a lot of malls. $2/sq ft/mo + 12.5% of gross + a percentage of all mall upgrade / maintenance (something like 120% of the proportional square footage since some locations are usually empty) And that is just rent. So it costs about $200,000 / year just for floorspace. Add another $200K for labor. Throw in some utilities, taxes, licenses, insurance, lawyers for frivolous lawsuits and BS like this and your 60% profit margin becomes negative.

      • There's room to move as a fry cook says:

        OT … but some of the boutique/upscale clothing stores at our local mall don’t get a sale all day.

  33. zombie70433 says:

    Rapid City must have a zero crime rate if they can waste time and money on bothering a store selling “back massagers”

  34. Lenin's Tomb says:

    Well, I live here and let me tell you, there is nothing else to do besides raid Spencer Gifts and drink. I only do one of the two. Oh, and there is no Abercrombie and Fitch in Rapid City. Nor much else.

  35. commenterofsize says:

    When rigid feminine pleasure devices are outlawed, only outlaws will have rigid feminine pleasure devices.

  36. thaJack says:

    According to my calculations, the owner is looking at a possible 925 years in jail. That’s pretty rough.

  37. ThyGoddess says:

    Sex exists. Live with it. Oh, and where I live I can think of two full blown sex stores in malls. With windowshopers.

    Creepy…creepy windowshopers.

  38. Darkneuro says:

    Actually, I think it may all blow over. What the city attorney finds obscene may not be obscene according to the state, or to the feds.

    Oh, I wish for a day when sex just is and they don’t arrest anyone or close any businesses over it….

  39. Gorbachev says:

    Next: local police raid a small corner store, because the cucumbers look like dicks.

  40. BytheSea says:

    Every girl deserves a decent sex toy. More masturbation, less teen sex.

    • colorisnteverything says:

      yep. Sorry but the kids will experiment anyway. Masturbation should not be shameful. It should be a private matter for everyone to decide on their own, but no one should be ashamed of it! If people did more of it, there would be less STD’s and unwanted pregnancy!

      • dew_crew says:

        totally correct, masturbation also leads to self-confidence and comfort with one’s body

        if women weren’t so scared to touch themselves, they wouldn’t be as apt to allow men to sexualize them.

    • bandit says:

      Sex toys from Spencers are terrifying. They’re cheap and plasticy with rough seams where the plastic has been sealed and probably contain lead. I’d much rather find mine in a store specifically designed for sex products than a poorly lit hole in the mall.

  41. colorisnteverything says:

    I am sorry, but I guess I really do not see why a 15 year old having a vibrator is a big deal. In my house, masturbation was a non-issue. My mother ENCOURAGED us to masturbate (she encourages EVERYONE to do so, says it leads to less STD’s and pregnancy). Yes, I feel like masturbation is a PRIVATE matter as I was taught this as a child, but if my mom would have found a vibrator when i was underage, she would have said nothing. Let’s face it, most women have them. I don’t get why this is such a big deal.

  42. flarn2006 says:

    WHEN will our society stop caring about this?

  43. PhilFR says:

    Has the Tea Party taken to tar and feathering yet?

  44. Minneapolis says:

    The best way to keep kids from knowing about this stuff is to raise awareness of it? Damn, South Dakota – how about banning Viagra commercials instead? Sheesh.

  45. ridbx says:

    Hah, due to my young son’s recent obsession with mirrored disco balls (now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d be writing) we’ve visited our local Spenser’s a few times in the past month and I was surprised by the large amount of sex toys on display. I braced myself for what I thought might be some awkward questions, (“Mommy, what’s a cock ring?”) but luckily, my son only had eyes for the disco light section. Another mom in the store, also accompanied by her young party light-obsessed 5 year old, wasn’t so lucky; as they were leaving the store I heard her child say “Hey they have beer bongs!”

  46. Wei says:

    If it turns out that it was less than “a substantial or significant portion of its stock”, can Spencer’s sue the city? If so, nice job city…

  47. Juicer says:

    So they opened in ’79 (31 years ago) and they sell the same stuff as then I am sure. So if I am calculating correctly that is 11,315 days. If the confinment ratio is 30:1 then the owner will have to serve 339,450 days which is 930 years in jail? Damn you South Dakota.

  48. Eyegor says:

    Wow… I feel safer already. Thanks to the morality police for making Amerika a better, safer, more chaste place to live.

  49. peebozi says:

    America…home of the prude!

    there is only a 4-5 year window when kids are innocent.

    in this time, they’re too young to know better and not old enough to understand.

  50. UnicornMaster says:

    really? is there nothing else going on in Rapid City?

  51. chuckreis says:

    They obviously are stocking things no one buys. This is the only thing that makes sense. No store would carry an inventory of things that sell.

    Might as well stop stores from selling anything a woman or man can insert inside themselves, hump or get any sexual pleasure from. God forbid someone past the age of puberty use something besides their hand to get off with.

  52. nodaybuttoday says:

    I recall many of the adult orientated products being considered “novelty” which is why you’ll sometimes see a dildo with a happy face on it…

  53. NumberSix says:

    Its not like they were selling dildos and porn.

    This is stupid.

  54. gman863 says:

    Does this mean there will also be a raid on PetSmart since they sell gerbils and tubes?

  55. rdeebee says:

    They’ll have to pry my fake vomit from my cold, dead hands!