Spencer's Gifts is considering two options for rearranging its store to keep sexually explicit merchandise from the view of minors, village staff said on Thursday.
The novelty gift shop at Orland Square Mall can either carve out space in the back or ditch the explicit items altogether before a police inspection next week.
"We don’t care either way,” Village Manager Paul Grimes said. “They need to come into compliance with state statute.”
In December, Orland Park police seized about $22,000 in sex toys, inflatable love dolls, lubricants, gels, sado-masochistic products and sex-themed Christmas items. According to an Illinois statute, the merchandise was considered “harmful materials.”
Before the seizure, Orland Park police officers visited the store after receiving complaints about the openness of the merchandise. A store manager told officers he had to keep a corporate-mandated floor plan that did not include cordoning off explicit items, according to a police report.
A 19-year-old cashier was arrested the same day of the seizure and accused of selling bondage gear to two teenagers who were working undercover for police. She is scheduled to be in court Feb. 4.
Grimes said representatives from the village, including police, met last week with Spencer's representatives to review a proposal that would put all explicit items on a u-shaped shelf in the back of the store with signs warning unsuspecting shoppers and minors.
“The new layout does appear to comply,” he said.
There is a possibility that a separate room, entirely shielded by a door, may be necessary for the store to be compliant, Orland Park Police Sgt. Scott Malmborg said.
Spencer's staff has deferred all questions to the company's general counsel, Kevin Mahoney, who was not available for comment. Nor was Les Morris, spokesman for Simon Property Group, the owners of Orland Square.
If Spencer's staff cooperates with police, Malmborg said the charges against the cashier may be dropped, and the store manager would be expected to visit the police station to collect the idle sex toys.