Sweet Home alabama-Drive Thru PRON.

Sweet Home alabama-Drive Thru PRON.

Post by F~A~R~V~A-Yankee Northern Allfath » Mon, 03 Jan 2011 18:33:32


*** drive-thru store in Alabama offers privacy

a€?It's been doing well, and really well on nights when it's cold
or rainy,a€? staffer says
Dave Martin / AP
The Pleasures sign flickers over the old bank building in Huntsville,
Ala. The "romance" store features what's billed as the nation's first
drive-thru with *** novelties for sale.
By JAY REEVES
The Associated Press
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Gabrielle Silva takes down a customer's order from
the drive-thru window, stuffs a bag full of products and passes it
outside to the couple waiting in a car.
"Thanks, and I put some free ***s in there, too!" Silva chirps.
In this technology-savvy north Alabama city, visitors won't just find
burgers and prescriptions at the drive-thru window.
A "romance" store called Pleasures offers a rare convenience not only
for these parts but nationally: a drive-through with *** novelties for
sale. Business is brisk so far, with cars sometimes lining up three deep
for ***s, lubricants, lingerie and other risque items.
"It's been doing well, and really well on nights when it's cold or
rainy," said employee Toni Kennedy. "Discretion and the ease of it are
big, and convenience. We're Americans. We like everything convenient."
Even sex toys, as much as elected officials in Alabama have tried to
prevent them from being sold in the conservative, Bible Belt state.
Pleasures is owned by Florida businesswoman Sherri Williams, who fought
the state for almost a decade over what's considered by free-speech
advocates to be one of the country's toughest anti-obscenity laws. Among
other things, the 1998 law banned the sale of products intended for
*** stimulation.
With two sex-toy stores in Alabama's Tennessee Valley, Williams sued to
overturn the law with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union.
She won initially when a federal judge ruled in 1999 there was no
rational basis for the law. But the state appealed and Williams lost,
allowing the law to remain on the books even though it wasn't enforced
during the litigation.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case in 2007, ending
Williams' challenge. Distribution of sex toys is a misdemeanor on the
first offense with a maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine and one year in
jail, although the law doesn't ban possession.
But the law has a loophole that allows for the sale of sex toys that are
needed for unspecified "medical, scientific, educational, legislative,
judicial, or law enforcement" purposes, and Williams jumped through it.
Customers buying toys a€" items that can be used for ***
stimulation a€" fill out an anonymous form with 10 questions
including whether they or a partner have difficulty with ***
fulfillment.
Free ***s
In November, she held the grand opening for an expanded Pleasures store
in an old bank building at a busy intersection. Williams first opened in
the Tennessee Valley in 1993; this is her second expansion, and she has
a smaller store in nearby Decatur.
It seemed like a waste not to use the old drive-thru window once run by
bank tellers, so Silva and her co-workers now sell all sorts of ***
products from the side of the building. Just like at a fast-food
restaurant, there's a brightly lit sign outside with products and prices
a€" herbal "enhancement pills" are $8 per dose. Williams believes
her drive-thru is the first in the country to offer *** novelties for
sale.
The woman in one car wanted a *** toy that spins and pulses. A couple
in another vehicle stopped by for free ***s, which are advertised on
a sign visible from University Drive, a main drag through town.
A few yards away from Pleasures, on the other side of a curb, workers at
a neighboring McDonald's restaurant dish out fries and burgers.
Williams runs what she calls an "upscale" *** store, and using an old
bank building with a brick exterior and manicured shrubs outside doesn't
hurt the image.
"It actually has two vaults," Williams said. "It has a full-blown vault
upstairs, and the ba***t is poured concrete with a vault door. This
was a 7,200-square-foot bank."
Huntsville is a high-tech government and military town, and Pleasures
workers say their customers include soldiers and couples based at the
Army's Redstone Arsenal and workers from NASA's Marshall Space Flight
Center.
On a busy Thursday night, the clientele looks like the crowd at the mall
down the street a€" young and old, singles and couples.
Inside, the shop has bright lights and royal-purple walls. The mood is
mostly light, with friends giggling as they browse shelves full of
*** and plastic playthings.
But there's a more serious side to the business, too.
"People come in and say, 'I need something to save my marriage.' I've
had that a million times," said Samantha Todd, who has worked at
Pleasure for 2 1/2 years. "I've had people come in and cry. It can be
very serious."
The store includes an "intimacy clinic" that opens next month and will
offer *** counseling to couples and groups, but there are no how-to
classes; all the assistance is verbal. It also sells instructional
videos, books and a few magazines.
At least 18 years old
Employees check the ID of everyone who enters the store a€"
customers must be at least 18.
Police say they've had no complaints over Pleasures and don't pay it
more attention than other stores.
"Right now there's not really anything for us to do with it," said Mark
Roberts, a spokesman with the Huntsville Police Department.
The head of a New York-based nonprofit group that campaigns for tougher
anti-obscenity statutes wishes government officials would work harder to
stamp out businesses like Pleasures, and sex toys.
"I liken it to a cancer, a slow-moving cancer ... and law enforcement is
ignoring it," said Robert W. Peters Jr., president of Morality in Media
Inc. "It's been a battle going back to the 1960s."
Williams said her store and drive-thru serve a need for couples and
individuals who need a little extra spice or e***ment in their sex
lives.
"Also," she said, "the police have already said they have a million
other things to do."
Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material
may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Sweet Home alabama-Drive Thru PRON.

Post by robb » Tue, 04 Jan 2011 01:14:34


Quote:

> *** drive-thru store in Alabama offers privacy

> a€?It's been doing well, and really well on nights when it's cold
> or rainy,a€? staffer says
> Dave Martin / AP
> The Pleasures sign flickers over the old bank building in Huntsville,
> Ala. The "romance" store features what's billed as the nation's first
> drive-thru with *** novelties for sale.
> By JAY REEVES
> The Associated Press
> HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Gabrielle Silva takes down a customer's order from
> the drive-thru window, stuffs a bag full of products and passes it
> outside to the couple waiting in a car.
> "Thanks, and I put some free ***s in there, too!" Silva chirps.
> In this technology-savvy north Alabama city, visitors won't just find
> burgers and prescriptions at the drive-thru window.
> A "romance" store called Pleasures offers a rare convenience not only
> for these parts but nationally: a drive-through with *** novelties for
> sale. Business is brisk so far, with cars sometimes lining up three deep
> for ***s, lubricants, lingerie and other risque items.
> "It's been doing well, and really well on nights when it's cold or
> rainy," said employee Toni Kennedy. "Discretion and the ease of it are
> big, and convenience. We're Americans. We like everything convenient."
> Even sex toys, as much as elected officials in Alabama have tried to
> prevent them from being sold in the conservative, Bible Belt state.
> Pleasures is owned by Florida businesswoman Sherri Williams, who fought
> the state for almost a decade over what's considered by free-speech
> advocates to be one of the country's toughest anti-obscenity laws. Among
> other things, the 1998 law banned the sale of products intended for
> *** stimulation.
> With two sex-toy stores in Alabama's Tennessee Valley, Williams sued to
> overturn the law with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union.
> She won initially when a federal judge ruled in 1999 there was no
> rational basis for the law. But the state appealed and Williams lost,
> allowing the law to remain on the books even though it wasn't enforced
> during the litigation.
> The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case in 2007, ending
> Williams' challenge. Distribution of sex toys is a misdemeanor on the
> first offense with a maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine and one year in
> jail, although the law doesn't ban possession.
> But the law has a loophole that allows for the sale of sex toys that are
> needed for unspecified "medical, scientific, educational, legislative,
> judicial, or law enforcement" purposes, and Williams jumped through it.
> Customers buying toys a€" items that can be used for ***
> stimulation a€" fill out an anonymous form with 10 questions
> including whether they or a partner have difficulty with ***
> fulfillment.
> Free ***s
> In November, she held the grand opening for an expanded Pleasures store
> in an old bank building at a busy intersection. Williams first opened in
> the Tennessee Valley in 1993; this is her second expansion, and she has
> a smaller store in nearby Decatur.
> It seemed like a waste not to use the old drive-thru window once run by
> bank tellers, so Silva and her co-workers now sell all sorts of ***
> products from the side of the building. Just like at a fast-food
> restaurant, there's a brightly lit sign outside with products and prices
> a€" herbal "enhancement pills" are $8 per dose. Williams believes
> her drive-thru is the first in the country to offer *** novelties for
> sale.
> The woman in one car wanted a *** toy that spins and pulses. A couple
> in another vehicle stopped by for free ***s, which are advertised on
> a sign visible from University Drive, a main drag through town.
> A few yards away from Pleasures, on the other side of a curb, workers at
> a neighboring McDonald's restaurant dish out fries and burgers.
> Williams runs what she calls an "upscale" *** store, and using an old
> bank building with a brick exterior and manicured shrubs outside doesn't
> hurt the image.
> "It actually has two vaults," Williams said. "It has a full-blown vault
> upstairs, and the ba***t is poured concrete with a vault door. This
> was a 7,200-square-foot bank."
> Huntsville is a high-tech government and military town, and Pleasures
> workers say their customers include soldiers and couples based at the
> Army's Redstone Arsenal and workers from NASA's Marshall Space Flight
> Center.
> On a busy Thursday night, the clientele looks like the crowd at the mall
> down the street a€" young and old, singles and couples.
> Inside, the shop has bright lights and royal-purple walls. The mood is
> mostly light, with friends giggling as they browse shelves full of
> *** and plastic playthings.
> But there's a more serious side to the business, too.
> "People come in and say, 'I need something to save my marriage.' I've
> had that a million times," said Samantha Todd, who has worked at
> Pleasure for 2 1/2 years. "I've had people come in and cry. It can be
> very serious."
> The store includes an "intimacy clinic" that opens next month and will
> offer *** counseling to couples and groups, but there are no how-to
> classes; all the assistance is verbal. It also sells instructional
> videos, books and a few magazines.
> At least 18 years old
> Employees check the ID of everyone who enters the store a€"
> customers must be at least 18.
> Police say they've had no complaints over Pleasures and don't pay it
> more attention than other stores.
> "Right now there's not really anything for us to do with it," said Mark
> Roberts, a spokesman with the Huntsville Police Department.
> The head of a New York-based nonprofit group that campaigns for tougher
> anti-obscenity statutes wishes government officials would work harder to
> stamp out businesses like Pleasures, and sex toys.
> "I liken it to a cancer, a slow-moving cancer ... and law enforcement is
> ignoring it," said Robert W. Peters Jr., president of Morality in Media
> Inc. "It's been a battle going back to the 1960s."
> Williams said her store and drive-thru serve a need for couples and
> individuals who need a little extra spice or e***ment in their sex
> lives.
> "Also," she said, "the police have already said they have a million
> other things to do."
> Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material
> may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
> More from Small business
> -?NYT: Kodachrome's road ends at Kansas photo lab
> -?Jeweler loses $400,000 white Christmas bet
> -?Small firms grow slightly more optimistic
> -?Inventor sees a bright future for DogLight
> -?Small business optimism edges higher in Sept.
> -?Senate passes long-stalled small business bill
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> ?Whata€?s the economic outlook for 2011? (02:01)
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sounds ***

 
 
 

Sweet Home alabama-Drive Thru PRON.

Post by F~A~R~V~A-Yankee Northern Allfath » Tue, 04 Jan 2011 01:34:55

sounds typical southern.

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????????????????/'/????/????/????/"?/_\
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?('( ? ?' *** ? ? /' ? ') ?
? ? ? ? ? ? ? \ ? ? ?You' ? ? ? ? ?/
?????????????????'\'??????????????_.7'
???????????????????\?????????????(
?????????????????????\????????????\
CRIPES A'MIGHTY 3RD
STICK IT UP WITH MAMMY'S SUPPOSITORIES!
                  AND
DON'T TAZE MY GRANNY!

 
 
 

Sweet Home alabama-Drive Thru PRON.

Post by rob » Wed, 05 Jan 2011 00:03:05


Quote:

> sounds typical southern.

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like farva?
 
 
 

Sweet Home alabama-Drive Thru PRON.

Post by F~A~R~V~A 2011: Mamey Sapote Herbicide » Wed, 05 Jan 2011 02:52:16


Quote:


> > sounds typical southern.

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> like farva?

yeah.