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Trojan's Vibrator Giveaway Was Shut Down by the City

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Trojan's plan to distribute 10,000 free vibrators from hot dog carts ran into trouble yesterday afternoon, when city officials shut down the Flatiron District location due to overcrowding. The New York Post didn't have much trouble finding people who thought this was a Puritan move on the part of the mayor.

"There's a lot more important things the city should be worried about than a free-vibrator giveaway," complained Park Slope bar owner Melody Henry, 42. "Bloomberg doesn't want anyone to have fun. You can't have a giant soda. You can't have a vibrator."
But city officials issued a statement explaining that the problem wasn't the sex toys; the carts just needed an official permit.

Over at Buzzfeed Shift, Amy Odell provides an eyewitness account of the Flatiron Scene. When she arrived, the carts were already empty. Trojan employees were taking down email addresses and promising to get people their free vibrators somehow, even if they had to mail them. About 50 people were waiting in line, and when two cops showed up to deal with the crowd, they put their names down too.

So was the giveaway a success? The Post story is filled with puns about how the crowds were turned away unsatisfied, but while not everyone got a vibrator, Trojan definitely achieved its stated goal: to make sex toys a little bit more mainstream.
· Trojan's Latest Vibrator Giveaway Involves Hot Dog Trucks [Racked NY]
· City officials pull the plug on vibrator giveaway [NYP]
· Maybe Bad Sex Drove The Crowds To Free Vibrator Day [Buzzfeed Shift]