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No-Fun Boston Mayor Tries to Cancel Sex Toy Giveaway

If you live in Boston and hoped to pick up a free sex toy along with that food-truck crepe on your next trip through City Hall Plaza, you may be disappointed. Mayor Thomas Menino recently pushed Trojan to reconsider its plans to distribute dozens of Trojans Vibrations “personal pleasure devices” at the family-friendly location. Buzzkill! (Sorry, we had to.)

Menino’s property management czar, Michael Galvin, sent a letter urging Trojan’s marketing company, Massivemedia, to find a different location for its stimulating promotion. “I would tell you in the strongest terms allowable that I feel this is an inappropriate and irresponsible use for the plaza,” Galvin wrote. “City Hall Plaza provides access to City Hall for constituents from all walks of life including many families and children … I request that you find an alternative site for your product distribution.”

In other words: “Pretty please reconsider your completely legal plans to promote your brand in the public square. It makes us feel icky.”

It’s possible the mayor isn’t only thinking of the innocent children; he may have received bad vibes from the traffic jams and crowd control issues associated with a similar promotion in New York City this August. Whatever the reason for the mayor’s objections, however, he doesn’t have much of a legal leg to stand on. City Hall Plaza is a public place, and certain protections apply to groups who use the space to gather, demonstrate or, in this case, dole out free vibrators. America!

We’ll keep you abreast (okay, that one doesn’t really work) of the latest buzz (that one does!) as more details become available.

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