After a group of private school students visited an adult novelty store in Minneapolis last week, city inspectors Tuesday issued notices of city code violations to the shop.
On Tuesday afternoon, a license inspector and a zoning inspector in plainclothes visited Smitten Kitten and found them to be out of compliance with city zoning code that orders that sexually explicit materials were not in a separate section of the store as well as a licensing violation for failure to prohibit the display of sexually explicit materials which were not packaged or covered within view of minors, said Grant Wilson, who oversees business licensing for the city.
"We’re just citing what we saw today as a violation," Wilson said.
The store is being ordered to fix the problems, but no fines or other penalties have been issued, Wilson said.
Due to the store's location outside of downtown Minneapolis, which the City Council has designated as the area for adult-only uses, Smitten Kitten has to conform to stringent zoning guidelines, Wilson said.
"If you are going to be out in the neighborhoods out of downtown you can have sexually explicit material but only [in] 15 percent of your retail floor area," Wilson said.
The adult material has to be separated so that only adults can have access, he said.
Inspectors believe that Smitten Kitten management will be able to reconfigure the store to be able to fix the problem.
A couple of parents said they were outraged that they weren't notified before a dozen students, as young as 11, from Gaia Democratic School, were taken to the store last Friday as part of a field trip at the end of months of sex education classes at the school. The school's director defended the trip saying that it was educational and that students were able to freely ask the sex educators numerous questions.