Free Vibrators Shut Down by City Hall Yesterday, Back in Action Today

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By Paul Bisceglio Downtown was buzzing with excitement yesterday for the prospect of free vibrators. Trojan [announced]( that it would be distributing 10,000 Tri-Phoria and The Pulse devices -- $40 and $30 retail values, respectively! -- from two hot dog carts in different neighborhoods throughout the day, so New Yorkers lined the streets of the planned locations in anticipation. Most people left disappointed, though, because a City Hall rep stopped the popular condom brand from delivering the goods shortly after they set up shop. Citizens were not shy to express their frustration with the city's interruption to media on the scene. "There's a lot more important things the city should be worried about than a free-vibrator giveaway," bar owner Melody Henry told [New York Post.]( "Bloomberg doesn't want anyone to have fun. You can't have a giant soda. You can't have a vibrator."
The administration insisted, though, that fun had nothing to do with the crackdown. "All commercial promotional activity taking place in the street needs a street activity permit," said a spokesperson for the mayor's office in a statement. "This activity promoting Trojan products, which impeded pedestrian and street traffic, did not have a permit."

Angry that you missed out? Trojan had also planned on handing out vibrators today, and a City Hall rep assured [the Gothamist] that Trojan "will be holding their event later today with proper permits." Still plenty of time left in the day to think up excuses for skippig out of work early and heading to [Union Square or Soho](

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