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Station sex shop celebrates Sunday sales

The Local · 24 May 2012, 15:11

Published: 24 May 2012 15:11 GMT+02:00

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The owner of Erotic World had appealed against the city council's decision to stop him opening on Sundays – on the grounds that shops in the railway station were exempt from Bavaria's strict Sunday trading laws.

But this only applies if they sell products that can be considered souvenirs or travel supplies such as food, disposable cameras, newspapers, magazines, books, DVDs, and CDs.

The shop argued in court that it also had such goods on its shelves, even if their content was rather more spicy than what the station's newsagents had to offer.

"This is the decision of the court … since the above articles can be considered 'travel supplies,' regardless of their content," a court statement issued Wednesday said.

But the judges added that the shop could not sell other erotic items in its range, such as sex toys. In fact, especially sex toys.

Three administrative judges visited Erotic World ahead of the court hearing to inspect the shop's goods, carefully assessing whether each item might come in handy on a long journey.

Condoms were considered useful enough, but the judges ruled that the old favourite sex game "Erotic Ludo" should still be taboo on the day God has designated the day of rest.

The city authorities also had a legal quibble relating to the shop's location, since it is actually on private property. But the court dismissed this on the grounds that the shop's back entrance was in the railway station.

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09:54 May 25, 2012 by bartschaff
The decision is on the right direction, but allowing the store to sell only some of it's products is nonsense.

Besides, the mentioned Ludo game, for example, definitely falls in the category 'souvenirs'. (And, if disposable cameras are part of travel supply, why about a disposable vibrator?)
11:48 May 25, 2012 by Gonzo
What the hell is the State doing telling people when they can open their shops anyway? This latest piece of nonsense is just tinkering at the edges (and has no doubt cost the shopkeeper money. It should have nothing at all to do with the city, the state, or the Federation who sells what when.
12:23 May 25, 2012 by hardly
I have trouble understanding why somethings are allowed to be sold on one day and not on others. It seems like a mix of antiquated values mixed with legal arbitrariness. I am able to buy a trinket with the word Munich printed on it, but I am unable to buy necessities to live such as food from the grocery store.
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