It was not the catalog we expected.
A library in Hampton, Va., got a real twist on Tuesday when customers were directed to an adult sex shop instead of the library’s website, 10 On Your Side WAVY reported.
“I thought maybe I put the wrong address, so I double-checked, triple-checked and it still sent me to the same page and it had explicit content,” Hampton resident Heather Young said. , at the point of sale.
“I have five children and I could imagine if they had seen him instead of their mother.”
The Hampton Adult Toy Store bills itself as “the premier destination for your adult toy needs,” according to its site.
“We have a wide variety of toys to choose from – starter accessories like vibrators, pocket dildos, dildos are the most common and they are all good quality.”
Plus, there were articles about how sex dolls can help marriages and set them up for “acrobatic sex positions.”
But on the other hand, it looks like the sex shop might not even exist, Vice reported.
Vice pointed out that there are no stores in and around Hampton bearing the Hampton Adult Toy Store name, but noted that it does have a Facebook page, which was last updated in December. 2021.
The city said it learned of the misdirection from WAVY’s website.
“It’s embarrassing! It’s not something the City of Hampton has ever wanted to do,” Robin McCormick, Hampton’s communications strategist, told the outlet.
According to the city, the library was converted to a new web address, but when users entered the old URL, it automatically redirected the user to the other site.
“We learned today from a WAVY reporter that the old web address now goes to a retail site you don’t want your kids to see – and maybe you don’t want to. see,” the city’s Facebook post reads. “Our investigations so far show that someone impersonated a city employee, contacted our domain registrar and transferred the old URL. We were never notified.”
The message continued: “Bring your library card to any branch library in Hampton, and they will put a sticker on it with the correct website. (You can also take possession of your children’s cards until you can, because this story is in the news and children are curious.) Hampton apologizes for this, but please know that we have also been duped or hacked. No one connected to the city has anything to do with it.
The Post has contacted the library for comment.