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to raise my eyebrows because there were children in the Ann Summers shop

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soultaken Thu 09-Oct-08 23:22:25

Was in the Ann Summers shop on Wednesday and there were two women in there with small children in pushchairs. OK fair enough, they won't understand coz they're too young


there were also sixth formers from the local school (it was lunch time) in there!!!!! In their school uniform !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Am I old-fashioned or not. I thought you had to be 18 to go in there. Even the girl on the till didn't look 18!!!!!!

FimboGotAxed Thu 09-Oct-08 23:24:38

I doubt there is an age limit.

A couple of summers ago our local one was advertising The Rabbit in the window.

My dd wanted to go in and see it because she thought it meant a bunny.

Ho hum.

TinkerBellesMum Thu 09-Oct-08 23:24:47

There is an over 18s section, the rest is fairly tame. I don't think people realise that AS do a lot of nice clothes as well as the "18+" stuff.

Skramble Thu 09-Oct-08 23:25:09

Babies in prams, fine.
Girls in school uniform who are likely to be under 18, not fine.

They should have been politely asked to leave and if they just needed condoms directed to the nearest Boots store.

TinkerBellesMum Thu 09-Oct-08 23:25:41

...and the real X-rated stuff is only available online, not even Party Organisers can sell it.

soultaken Thu 09-Oct-08 23:26:24

No they weren't just in the underwear section, they were right at the back, in the "toy" section - as was I smile - but I'm old so I'm allowed.

RedOnHerBeheadedHead Thu 09-Oct-08 23:27:18

best that under 18's are using a "rabbit" than having possible unprotected sex dont you think?

lilolilmanchester Thu 09-Oct-08 23:29:01

Pushchairs: too young to know
Sixth formers - old enough to legally have sex so why would they be banned?

Would be more concerned if there were children inbetween those ages TBH.

(FWIW, wouldn't want my DCs in there even if 16, but how can shop ban kids old enough to be sexually active?)

TinkerBellesMum Thu 09-Oct-08 23:32:14

It's not about banning kids old enough to have sex, it's the law. They're not allowed to let under 18s in the over 18 section no more than a PO can not allow an under 18 in a party.

soultaken Thu 09-Oct-08 23:33:20

Well I wouldn't like my dd to be in a sex shop under age, even if she was 17.

zeee Thu 09-Oct-08 23:33:45

What's wrong with sixth formers being in there? I'm genuinely confused hmm Should they not be having sex full stop, or not be buying toys?

HRHSaintMamazon Thu 09-Oct-08 23:34:32

children are allowed in the stores because essentialy it is just a lingerie shop, the same as La Senza or the M&S knicker section.

the bits that are not suitable for children ie the toys are shielded by a wall and that area is open to children. if women walk in with children teh shop assistants should politley ask them to coe out.

soultaken Thu 09-Oct-08 23:35:45

Well I guess my question is:

Do you have to be 18 to go in a sex shop in this country or not? If the answer is yes, then the sales assistant should bloody well make sure the law is upheld.

TinkerBellesMum Thu 09-Oct-08 23:40:30

Ann Summers shops are mainly lingerie shop, with fairly normal lingerie and a small sex shop at the back which is more shielded. Children can go into an Ann Summers shop, but they can't go into the 18+ section.

TinkerBellesMum Thu 09-Oct-08 23:41:32

All sex shops are 18+.

soultaken Thu 09-Oct-08 23:42:05

ah then I'm just old-fashioned blush

RedOnHerBeheadedHead Thu 09-Oct-08 23:44:06

i would still prefer her (if i had a teenage girl) to be experimenting with herself, than experimenting with a boy.

lilolilmanchester Thu 09-Oct-08 23:44:43

only read OP, sorry, didn't realise they were in the over 18 section.
So if there is a law which says sex toys have to be in over 18 section then legally, the shop shouldn't have allowed them in there.

Kind of double standards in our legal system when they can have "the real thing" at 16 but not a toy , or am I missing something?

HRHSaintMamazon Thu 09-Oct-08 23:44:57

yes sex shops are over 18. but Ann Summers is not a sex shop.

dittany Thu 09-Oct-08 23:46:14

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

bellabelly Thu 09-Oct-08 23:46:41

I think if 16 and 17 year olds are legally old enough to be married then they are surely allowed to be in an Ann summers shop, no?

bellabelly Thu 09-Oct-08 23:47:03

lol dittany

lilolilmanchester Thu 09-Oct-08 23:48:06

dittany, maybe they don't have a sex life? A dildo is safer than a mangey teenage boy IMO. And more faithful and likely more satisfying.

RedOnHerBeheadedHead Thu 09-Oct-08 23:50:21

a sixth former could be 18 though?
and if the shop assistant thought they looked 18, then where's the problem?
Also, does the law state that they cannot look or just cannot buy?

RedOnHerBeheadedHead Thu 09-Oct-08 23:51:26

lol @ lilolil!

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