Starship cited for sex toy

Adult novelty store Starship Enterprises has been issued a citation for violating a county ordinance banning the sale of sex toys.

The violation was discovered on May 17 in the morning by a county staffer who issued the citation, which was issued to owner Kelly Rogers.

A date in Coweta Magistrate Court has been set for June 17 at 2 p.m. although the time may change in the future.

The store, located in the Thomas Crossroads area of the county, has had a rocky relationship with the county before it even opened, as it took a ruling from a Superior Court judge to even have the business license granted for the company. That ruling reversed a decision from the Coweta County Commission to withhold a business license based on the necessity for a rezoning.

The store opened in November 2010. It has had to comply with a county ordinance limiting its sexually-oriented merchandise to no more than 25 percent of the goods it offers for sale.

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"I somehow was able to leave there without Satan taking my soul."

That made me laugh. i will try to use it in a conversation as soon as I can!

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And smoking paraphernalia is better somehow?

Quite a lot of the teens in PTC go there for hookah supplies. I'm not so sure a smoking paraphernalia establishment is any better than a sex toy shop.

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Starship

Let me preface by saying, I don't live in Coweta, nor have I shopped at Starship. Yet. Perhaps I will stop in this weekend following a dinner and movie with my wife. Maybe a black light, some candles, and some nicely scented lotion will .....lol.

As an outsider, I don't see anything wrong with the store or the contents they are selling. I have ridden past the store and never noticed any seedy activity. No one is forcing anyone to shop there either. If an adult (someone over 18) wants to purchase a hookah pipe, or a candle, black light, or a massager, what do I care goes on behind closed doors.

Instead of the county performing an inspection and finding an alleged sex toy, they probably need to concentrate on the real criminals. Look at last weeks Coweta police blotter. 6 DUI's, 13 arrested for driving without a license or registration, multiple firearm charges, and 17 on drug possession charges.

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starship is 18 and older only

The store is both smoking and sex stuff. Typical Starship.

How do they comply with the "only 25% of your products can be adult-oriented?" They stock a ton of mainstream(non-porn) DVD's in the smaller sleeves so they have a bunch without taking up space :)

I bought a Yankee Candle in there and I'm pretty sure that's a non-adult product.

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County Staffer & Citation

Can't help but wonder why a county staffer was in the store on a Friday morning--sorta smacks of direct targeting of that store.

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AHG, the question we should be asking is if this staffer was on

duty at the time or doing their own personal shopping? Maybe they were angry because the store refused to carry their favorite brand. Nothing like a disgruntled county staffer out for revenge.

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MYTMITE & Staffer

Wonder how many staffers have the authority to issue citations? Whole issue has a strange tingle to it!

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AHG: Funny fact about the Starship chain

At one time, it was actually run by FC District Attorney Scott Ballard:) He was the lawyer and executor when the founding owner died and the kids weren't 18 yet so it fell on Ballard to oversee for a while.

He has told this story a few times in the business law class he teaches at GMC in Fairburn. I'm sure the people at his church that he attends very regularly and is very active in didn't have any idea at the time :)

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Also checking local back yard gardens in the area..

Cucumbers are growing well with all the rain and heat. :)

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Mini Carrots?

lol

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Give it a rest, Coweta

Ya'll already got hammered in court trying to keep the place from opening, wasting a lot of money and embarrassing yourselves when you knew you would lose. While you might can go back and try one day on the "25% rule" as it relates to their total inventory, busting them for a vibrator is pretty foolish.

Oh yeah, the owner of the entire Starship chain, Kelly Rogers, lives about 2 miles from that store. He's not going to stop fighting either.

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Now, Nuk, you know those are not vibrators, they are

hand help massagers used to release tensed muscles. I would think they could get a "medical" permit (pass) as they do with recreational marijuana.

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Mytmite: Yes!

I believe these devices may also be packaged as "for novelty use only!" LOL.
Sort of like all of their "smoking accessories" are "intended for legal use only!"

I can't believe people get upset over something like this. That storefront was a few businesses that lasted less than a year and then Starship moves in and what is exactly the problem? Long before they opened I went by there in the middle of a thunderstorm and there were about a dozen fundies picketing an empty building. Really? Get a life, already.

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????Isn't that the point????

It's Starship...you know the "SEX TOY PLACE"... If you are going to allow it here then it is going to have Sex Toys... Just saying...

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Doing Right

Praise to the county for doing the right thing and for the citizens diligently circulating a petition making people aware of the rules being broken.

Every business is welcome as long as they follow the rules. we can't make exceptions for one business or we have to make it for all.

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dowrong: what rule did they break?
doright wrote:

Praise to the county for doing the right thing and for the citizens diligently circulating a petition making people aware of the rules being broken.

What "rule" did Starship actually violate?

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Every business is welcome as long as they follow the rules. we can't make exceptions for one business or we have to make it for all.

Well, it seems like Coweta strongly broke their own "rules" in trying to keep Starship from opening, even going as far as trying to enact an ordinance WAY after the fact that would forbid them from opening even after being giving a business license. You remember the court case over this, right? Even the "25% rule" that was passed afterwards is judicially suspect and Starship is still challenging that also.

Coweta had sloppy ordinances in regards to a potential "head shop" or "adult store" opening and now they have a Starship that sits in what was an abandoned building and harms exactly nobody. You can drive by there and see nothing but cars in the parking lot and nothing nasty. How is this a problem?

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Nuk your such a knucklehead

It seems you are not up on county ordinances for Coweta and it is a far stretch to say there is nothing nasty in Starship.

Thanks for always having a glass that is half full, it is refreshing to know we still have Pollyanna's in the world today.

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doright is unhappy with freedom

I said when you drive by Starship, you don't see anything "nasty." The windows are tinted and the sign is hardly R-rated or anything.

I have also been inside that Starship myself. I somehow was able to leave there without Satan taking my soul.

As far as Coweta's ordinances about Starship goes, maybe you and the other 250 clowns who screamed about suing to stop them from opening to the county commission and then got stomped in court need to read them again, especially the ones in effect before Starship was opened and then the "revised" ordinance that attempted to keep it from opening that the judge totally rejected and made the County pony up all legal fees.

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Nuk your such a knucklehead

It seems you are not up on county ordinances for Coweta and it is a far stretch to say there is nothing nasty in Starship.

Thanks for always having a glass that is half full, it is refreshing to know we still have Pollyanna's in the world today.

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So do you know or not?

Just curious. It appears that you do not judging by your retort to Nuks query.

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What? Say it ain't so!

Well I am just shocked. Shocked, I tell ya! And that poor "county staffer" who discovered this. He/She probably needs counseling to deal with the trauma caused by their panties being so wadded up in their rear quarters.

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