Sex toy sign raises eyebrows

Meagan Martin and Troy Munro in front of their billboard in South Grafton which one reader has described as “degrading”.
Meagan Martin and Troy Munro in front of their billboard in South Grafton which one reader has described as “degrading”. Adam Hourigan

A BILLBOARD promoting an adult sex toy business has been described as disgusting, offensive and an inappropriate way to welcome visitors to Grafton.

Karen Knowlson of Eatonsville rang The Examiner yesterday to voice concerns over the newly-erected billboard near Musk Valley Creek on the Pacific Highway, South Grafton.

“I don't think people arriving in Grafton need to see that ... it's degrading,” Ms Knowlson said.

“You want to see advertising for a good cafe or a nightspot, some of our many sports or the river, not some half naked sheila selling sex. We want people to come here.”

Ms Knowlson, a mother of three and grandmother of four, said she was passionate about Grafton.

“Grafton is one of the last bastions of the old world and to see this on the edge of town is wrong, we've got a lovely thing in this town,” she said.

“Council should have it removed, isn't it their job to promote our town?”

But the Mountainview-based owner of Adult Toy Box, Meagan Martin, said she had heard nothing but praise for the billboard from her client base.

The ad refers customers to a website only, said Ms Martin, because many people in her industry preferred discretion.

“The criticism was bound to happen, there are a lot of different opinions out there but it's not something to get upset about,” she said.

“I got approval from the lady who owns the billboard and we got it put up about a month ago.”

Ms Martin, who started the business in January on top of her full-time job at Fast Food 4U, said business was going so well she recently employed a woman to host more sex toy parties.

“I haven't got a free weekend for about two months,” she said. “I knew there was high demand but not as high as this.”

Co-owner of the business Troy Munro said he had expected some backlash from the billboard but the company had plenty of products on hand to ease the tension.

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