Fla. TV Station Finds Illegally Displayed Porn in Convenience Store

Tod Hunter
WINTER PARK, Fla.— ABC affiliate WFTV in Orlando, Fla., was instrumental in removing adult magazines and DVDs from unrestricted display — in violation of state law — at the checkout counter of a gas station convenience store in Winter Park.

Although sales of the magazines and videos are legal in the jurisdiction, Florida state law prohibits "display of materials harmful to minors." The magazines were on a wire floor rack, with some magazines at children's eye level, and the DVDs were on the top shelf of a display rack.

Justin Abraham, a 21-year-old WFTV intern, went into the store with a concealed camera and purchased DVDs with no questions asked.

"If I buy a lottery ticket, I get carded. Alcohol, still get carded. So you would think buying pornography they would do the same thing, but they didn't," Abraham said.

Representatives of the TV station showed the purchased DVDs and undercover video to members of the Central Florida Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, who said that selling the material is legal, but the display is not.

"You want your child to walk in and be able to thumb through titles such as this? I would think not," Commander Paul Zambouros of the MBI said.

The convenience store complied with an MBI request to remove the adult material from display on Thursday afternoon. Since the store complied with the request, there will not be legal action against the store.

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