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Spencer's Gifts Changes Store Layout, Ditches Some Explicit Items

Village staff say it could be enough for the novelty store in Orland Square Mall to avoid another fine.

Changes to the layout of Spencer’s Gifts should be enough to keep the Orland Square Mall novelty store from another fine, according to village staff.

Late last year Orland Park in sex toys, inflatable love dolls, lubricants, gels, sado-masochistic products and sex-themed Christmas items. According to an Illinois statute, the merchandise was considered “harmful materials.” 

Last month Patch reported that Spencer’s had two options: ditch the goods or change the store. They chose a combination.

As of Thursday afternoon, most sexually explicit items were placed on one of three shelves in the back of the store, marked with a sign warning unsuspecting shoppers. A fourth shelf helps block the view.

Besides carving a section for “adult-oriented” products, village manager Paul Grimes noted that Spencer’s has “removed some of the merchandise that was most questionable.”

Spencer's employees deferred all questions to a spokesman who could not be reached for immediate comment on Thursday.

The clerk who’s accused of selling some of those explicit items to minors was back in court on Thursday, two days after her 20th birthday. Her attorney asked a Cook County judge to postpone the hearing, as he did in February. More time, the attorney argued, was needed to review case files.

The next hearing is scheduled April 22.

In January Orland Park police said the charge of distributing harmful materials to minors could be dropped against the clerk if Spencer’s played ball. When asked whether that was still a possibility, Orland Park Police Sgt. Scott Malmborg said, “We’ll have to wait until the April hearing.”

Frank March 18, 2011 at 02:42 PM
You would think the police have better things to do. Oh I forgot they don't.
Felicitas Cortez March 18, 2011 at 08:11 PM
Let them alone already! Edible underwear does not a crisis situation make....
Jennifer March 19, 2011 at 03:06 AM
Its so funny Orland cops dont do a damn thing about the drug dealer down my block that I've reported for the last two years, or the fact that they have 10 to 15 people all living in a two bedroom apartment unit, but yet, they have plenty of time to go stalk a novelty store? Seriously that cop needs to realize that there's other serious crap going on in the wonderful town of Orland then stalking a novelty store. This is the reason I refuse and half the people I know refuse to give Orland any business, to hell with that damn town!
paul marshall April 07, 2011 at 01:21 PM
does anyone have an e-mail address for Spencer's gifts ?
michelle April 29, 2011 at 06:16 AM
None of you obviously have kids that shop in these malls where the store is located. What is wrong with you people if you think this is okay? I am all for selling these products. Whatever, but regulate it. Sell the products in stores where children will not be shopping.
Jennifer May 03, 2011 at 04:51 PM
Michelle I do have kids and I have had the sex talk with them. So sexual content does not surprise them or do they giggle if they walk past it. If parents learn to teach their children at a young age that merchandise like this does appear in stores they will not seem like its a big deal. Also, I've noticed that so many parents tend to drop their kids off at the mall, leaving store clerks and mall security to babysit them. Everytime I walk into that mall I witness some teen getting taken away by either the police or mall security. Parents need to teach their children instead of blaming Spencers for their merchandise or any store and/or sales clerk. Get real people, teach your kids and quit dropping off your kids at the mall its not a daycare for immature teens!

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