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Tennessee Residents Shocked By Adult Store Sign

Residents of Sevierville, Tennessee are up in arms over a sign posted by an adult store that uses a children's Halloween rhyme.

Many locals say that this time, it has gone too far. The sign reads "Trick or Treat. Bind her feet. Give her something hard to eat."

Rhonda Mills has a 9-year-old daughter who attends Catlettsburg Elementary School near the store. Mills said that she passes the store every day, with her daughter, on the way to school. Mills said, "I don't want the children having to read that. I don’t mind the store being there. I don’t even mind the big Sexy Stuf sign. It is today’s marquee that has really pushed my buttons. Just change the sign. Not make it quite so risque."

Despite receiving over a dozen complaints, the city's spokesman, Bob Stahlke, said that they cannot take action in this situation, since the sign's content is considered freedom of speech and has not violated any laws or ordinances. Residents can ask the store's manager to remove it.

Mother and sexual assault survivor Erica Roberts said, "That opens up the door to have to talk about sex in a different light and I really don't want to have that conversation. I take it personal. I have a personal story with rape and being sexually abused as a child so for someone's sexual fantasy to bind a woman up, that might be their fantasy, but that has been a reality for some people. They can sell what they want to sell, advertise for it, but there's a line you cross with your phrases."

Photo: Yelp, Local 8 News

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