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"When a woman says no she means maybe" Come and support those in chat who aren't happy about this sign in a shop

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MrsMushroom Mon 25-Feb-13 23:05:22

here is the thread

A MNr began the thread when she came across This monstrosity

Someone else googled and found it in this shop.

Please can you lot email the shop? I have sent an email explaining why they need to remove it from their stock. Can you lot too?

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 05-Mar-13 17:59:03

Hello there

You'll see we have removed Sophie's post, as we don't allow organisations to post as 'themselves' on Mumsnet. We've offered to post up a statement by the company on its behalf.

We've also, at their request, removed the post quoting email responses from Hill Interiors and Baytree Interiors.

RodentOfUnusualSize Sun 21-Apr-13 23:39:12

Hello, I'm bumping this thread as I've just seen this horrid sign in a garden shop here in NZ. I approached the manager to complain, here is an abridged version of our coversation:

Me - I find this sign very offensive.
Manager - Oh those signs? We just buy them from the importer, I don't even read them.
Me - That's not really an excuse. You are stocking these offensive items and they are associated with your image and your brand.
Manager - I think that they are just funny.
Me - I don't find jokes about rape funny. And anyway, I thought you hadn't read the sign?
Manager - I've just read it now. I don't think that it is offensive. People find it funny.
Me - You seriously think that it is acceptable to have jokes about rape on a sign?
Manager - I can't withdraw all products that people complain about. I have people in here all the time complaining because I sell buddhas.
Me - That is not the same thing. Sexual assualt is a crime.
Manager - Are you sure that you are not being oversensitive because of your personal experience?

I was completely speechless at this last remark. I was so angry, I had to leave before saying something I regretted.

Does anyone have any thoughts on what I could do next? I could write a letter, but I don't think that it will make any difference.

RodentOfUnusualSize Sun 21-Apr-13 23:40:11

I should add, the manager was a 50 year old woman, if that makes any difference.

JacqueslePeacock Mon 22-Apr-13 08:09:37

Tell us which shop, and we can all write and complain?

MaryRobinson Mon 22-Apr-13 09:45:09

Yes and we could also inform your local newspaper, whilst directing the shop owner to this site.

slug Mon 22-Apr-13 10:49:54

You could try the Retail Association and complain under the Sexual Harassment provisions in the Human Rights act.

LittleAbruzzenBear Mon 22-Apr-13 10:55:41

How anyone can think this is ok is beyond me. That last comment that woman made to you Rodent, wtf!

RodentOfUnusualSize Mon 22-Apr-13 11:30:00

I know Little, that comment was beyond the pale.

Thank you also Jacq, Mary and Slug for taking the time to respond. What I've decided to do is to write formally to the manager of the store and ask her to remove the product from stock. I have also obtained the name of the wholesaler and I will be contacting them too.

I'll let you know how I get on.

LittleAbruzzenBear Mon 22-Apr-13 11:55:17

Good luck Rodent and well done for taking a stand.

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