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Jun. 27th, 2006

I heard the following piece on 1060 this morning (emphasis mine):
Spencer Gifts has pulled water pipes from all of its stores nationwideafter being threatened with criminal prosecution when they appeared onshelves at its store in the Oxford Valley Mall.

Chief Bucks County Deputy District Attorney Daniel Keane says after undercover Middletown Township Police got tips on how to smoke marijuana from the water pipes, criminal charges were filed against Egg Harbor Township,New Jersey-based Spencer Gifts:

”We wanted to make sure Spencer's stopped selling these water bongs, or hookahs.”

Keanesays the tall water pipes were being marketed with other items,including posters and t-shirts that promoted marijuana use, so they gotsearch warrants and seized the merchandise:

”We were prepared to prosecute the case, if need be.”

That facilitated conversations with Spencer's lawyers, and criminal charges were dropped:

”We have an agreement now that they will no longer sell these items in their stores nationwide.”

Keane says they wanted to send a message to stores that it's more trouble to be involved in selling hookahs than it's worth.


Oh my god that is the funniest thing ever, seriously.

Also, I'm so embarrassed that Spencer's is based in Egg Harbor, New Jersey. Ew.

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(Anonymous)
Jun. 27th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
Awwww man! Our Spencer's has never had pipes...just those stupid 'adult' games...
wiffler
Jun. 28th, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
"Yeah, so how do you use this thing?" wink wink.

The guy at frolic is all about warning you not to use any words that sound like tong.

Wait, hookahs are out too. The cops are adding flavored tobacco to the War on Drugs???
bigtoe250
Jun. 28th, 2006 12:25 pm (UTC)
what's next?? are stores selling rolling papers going to get raided, too? how about stores that sell phillies blunts? or maybe let's raid a convenience store that sells lighters with pictures of little pot leaves on them....WHERE IS THIS GOING TO END?? do we really live in america anymore?? if i was the proprietor of spencer gifts, i would have had to fight this in court. i've seen hookahs in spencers before. it has never struck me as being even remotely illegal!!!! we live in the united states, people...let's start acting like it.
wiffler
Jun. 28th, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
Hasn't the g'ment spent like 30 bil a year on the war on drugs for the past decade??? This is exactly what our representation is (and has been) about! I don't think this probation will be overturned anytime soon.
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