NYC Mayor shuts down ‘Pleasure Carts’ that distributed free vibrators

By Kay Steiger
Thursday, August 9, 2012 10:22 EDT
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An unidentified New York City official shut down a condom and sex toy company’s giveaway on Wednesday that planned to distribute 10,000 free vibrators in Manhattan, according to the New York Post.

Trojan distributed more than 400 vibrators in two hours from two “Pleasure carts” before a city official who refused to identify himself to press shut the giveaway down. More than 300 men and women were reportedly waiting in line for a free vibrator.

“I’m 57 years old. I should be able to get a vibrator!” Linda Postell shouted as the event shut down 40 minutes later.

The Trojan Tri-Phoria, which normally retails for $39.99, and the Trojan Pulse, which retails for $29.99, were two of the vibrators distributed from the “Pleasure Carts.”

Mayor Bloomberg’s office later cited permit issues for shutting down the event and said crowds “impeded pedestrian and street traffic.”

“Bloomberg doesn’t want anyone to have fun. You can’t have a giant soda. You can’t have a vibrator,” Park Slope bar owner Melody Henry told the Post.

Watch the video, uploaded by the New York Post on Aug. 8.

(h/t NBC New York)

Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger is the managing editor of Raw Story. Her contributions have appeared in The American Prospect, The Atlantic, Campus Progress, The Guardian, In These Times, Jezebel, Religion Dispatches, RH Reality Check, and others. You can follow her on Twitter @kaysteiger.
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