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5 arrested at gay sex site
Phila. Daily News ^ | Thu, Feb. 13, 2003 | CATHERINE LUCEY

Posted on 02/14/2003 6:21:55 AM PST by NativeSon

Wild, anonymous, male sex romps took place frequently in the sixth-floor men's room at the Center City Strawbridge's store, police said.

Police arrested five men yesterday, and another half dozen last month, in the bathroom, which is listed as a primo sex spot on a graphic Web site catering to gay men.

The men's room also was featured in Philadelphia magazine last month as "one of the classiest spots in town to find love with a perfect stranger."

All face charges of prostitution or lewd behavior, said Lt. Charles Green. None was a Strawbridge's employees.

Strawbridge officials were not available to comment last night.

Green said Strawbridge's, on Market near 9th, reported the problem to police in early January after a father and son walked into the bathroom around Christmas and saw two men having sex.

According to posts on the gay Web site, the bathroom has been popular for months. As many as 11 men could be crowded into the room, they said.

"I've been here when the stalls were half full and three guys were standing outside the occupied stalls with their pants down (or off completely!)," one writer said.

Another said: "I've been there when four or five guys are all going at it at the same time."

The bathroom is located in the restaurant, at the far end of the long pink dining room, with white linen tablecloths, crystal chandeliers and oil paintings.

The restroom appeared pretty slow last night.

The Web site also suggests other public bathrooms for the sexually voracious, including one in the Mellon Building on Market near 8th; the bathroom near the food court at the Gallery, on Market between 7th and 11th; and the basement restroom in the Mellon Bank Building at Market Street near 18th.

Green said they were investigating other locations, but would not reveal where they were.


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1 posted on 02/14/2003 6:21:56 AM PST by NativeSon
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To: NativeSon
what is it with gay men and public bathrooms????
2 posted on 02/14/2003 6:24:34 AM PST by FeliciaCat
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To: NativeSon
Arrest'em.
3 posted on 02/14/2003 6:24:58 AM PST by yendu bwam
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To: FeliciaCat
C'mon. They are just like us.
4 posted on 02/14/2003 6:25:00 AM PST by AppyPappy (Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris.)
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To: yendu bwam
Arrest'em and throw'em in jail. They'll thank us for it, and we can go to the bathroom again without puking, and without worrying about our children.
5 posted on 02/14/2003 6:27:55 AM PST by yendu bwam
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To: Neets
you might want to find a new store to shop at.
6 posted on 02/14/2003 6:28:18 AM PST by CONSERVE
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To: NativeSon
Philly isn't known as the city of brotherly love for nothing.
7 posted on 02/14/2003 6:29:43 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: NativeSon
The city of Brotherly-Love.
8 posted on 02/14/2003 6:30:20 AM PST by Darth Hillary
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To: NativeSon
Doesn't that old adage "the smeller's the feller" applyt here?

I can see the cops at the stationhouse now:

I was searching gay cruising websites, and there is a place we have to bust.

LOL

9 posted on 02/14/2003 6:32:01 AM PST by Chancellor Palpatine (those who unilaterally beat their swords into plowshares wind up plowing for those who don't)
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
I can see the cops at the stationhouse now:

Bahaha, yeah, I can imagine, I'm from Philly and I know a lot of the cops there and this must be the "sh*t detail" you're put on for some scr*w up.

10 posted on 02/14/2003 6:37:57 AM PST by NativeSon (Nothing says "Love" like a new gun!)
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To: AppyPappy
yeah..right ;)
11 posted on 02/14/2003 6:38:35 AM PST by FeliciaCat
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To: FeliciaCat
what is it with gay men and public bathrooms????

Reminds me of that old song (Jimmy Buffet?)..."Looking for love in all the wrong places"

12 posted on 02/14/2003 6:42:32 AM PST by ErnBatavia ((Bumperootus!))
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To: AppyPappy
C'mon. They are just like us.

Ya' know, the funny thing is that I use to try to believe this but after observation and experience, I know that it isn't true.

I mean, who would do this? We're not talking about a nightclub here but what use to be a great department store. I've been there many times since I was a child and it was a classy place that reminded me of the way Philly once was like back in the day.

These people want America to accept them as good, honest flok but they do things that good honest folk don't do.

13 posted on 02/14/2003 6:43:50 AM PST by NativeSon (Nothing says "Love" like a new gun!)
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To: NativeSon
They were born that way!(sarcasm)
14 posted on 02/14/2003 6:44:47 AM PST by mtbrandon49 (BOHICA)
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To: ErnBatavia
Never been Buffett. It was on the soundtrack of "Urban Cowboy". Johnny Lee maybe.
15 posted on 02/14/2003 6:47:58 AM PST by AppyPappy (Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris.)
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To: NativeSon
Libertarians must be so upset that these men aren't allowed to inject or injest anything they want into their own bodies.
16 posted on 02/14/2003 6:48:08 AM PST by biblewonk
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To: NativeSon
Amazing how one of the agenda items for the Homofascists is to make this practice legal.
17 posted on 02/14/2003 6:49:18 AM PST by Guillermo (Sic 'Em)
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To: FeliciaCat
Are you inferring that Native Son would know about gay sex in public bathrooms? ;^)
19 posted on 02/14/2003 7:06:09 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave)
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To: NativeSon
"...`Cause I live and breathe this Philadelphia freedom
From the day that I was born I've waved the flag
Philadelphia freedom took me knee-high to a man
Yeah gave me peace of mind my daddy never had..."
20 posted on 02/14/2003 7:08:15 AM PST by new cruelty
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To: NativeSon
None was a Strawbridge's employees.

Who writes this stuff? Who proofs it?

21 posted on 02/14/2003 7:08:37 AM PST by Andyman
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Not at all....just a question in general.

troublemaker...;)
22 posted on 02/14/2003 7:16:43 AM PST by FeliciaCat
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To: biblewonk
"Libertarians must be..."

A perfect opportunity to chase off our fellow conservatives.

Who needs 'em?

23 posted on 02/14/2003 7:24:52 AM PST by laotzu
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Are you inferring that Native Son would know about gay sex in public bathrooms? ;^)

Sheesh! one "quicky" and you're tagged for life!! j/k

I would like to state for the record that as an American Indian I cannot: hold my booze, step on a twig or be a "pole smoker".

24 posted on 02/14/2003 7:27:57 AM PST by NativeSon (Nothing says "Love" like a new gun!)
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To: laotzu; newgeezer
A perfect opportunity to chase off our fellow conservatives.

Who needs 'em?

If libertarians are conservatives I must be something else.

25 posted on 02/14/2003 7:29:36 AM PST by biblewonk
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To: ErnBatavia
Reminds me of that old song (Jimmy Buffet?)..."Looking for love in all the wrong places"

I think that was Glen Campbell.(or maybe not, as a certified parrothead I don't believe it was Buffet)

26 posted on 02/14/2003 7:31:55 AM PST by AUgrad (We filled his head with cannonballs and powdered his behind.)
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To: Elisha_Ben_Abuya
but are valiantly fighting terrorism by dangerous tea-room cruisers....

The law is the law. This is not a case of entrapment this is people committing illegal and nasty acts in public. Should crimes be ignored while the war on terror goes on? (Then I'll be over to rob your house later.)

And Strawbridges (Center City) was a nice place at one time- I have not been there is quite a while- there was a monorail (no puns please) that kids could ride in the store among other things.

27 posted on 02/14/2003 7:38:13 AM PST by NativeSon (Nothing says "Love" like a new gun!)
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To: biblewonk
Depending on how much you want the cops to reflect your idea of good moral choices, you might be something else. Janet Reno thinks of herself as highly moral, and found it perfectly normal to project her morality into public policy. Unless you are very confident that only right and reasonable people will prevail in politics, you might want to choose a more restrained public sector instead.

John Ashcroft is surely worlds better than Janet Reno, and views himself as something of a Bible wonk. Do you trust him with every power he wants to acquire through the Partiot Act and Patriot II? Will you trust his successors, too?
28 posted on 02/14/2003 7:41:31 AM PST by eno_
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To: AUgrad
Wrong singer folks !! I'll give you a hint: Sings mostly country music, has HUGE ears and we haven't heard from him for some time now. C'mon ... I know you can guess this one.
Snooter ;o)
29 posted on 02/14/2003 7:42:17 AM PST by snooter55 (I regret often that I have spoken; seldom that I have been silent)
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To: yendu bwam
They would have sex orgy in jail?
30 posted on 02/14/2003 7:47:54 AM PST by philosofy123
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To: NativeSon
The law is the law. This is not a case of entrapment this is people committing illegal and nasty acts in public. Should crimes be ignored while the war on terror goes on? (Then I'll be over to rob your house later.)

Your example is the exactly the problem. I COULD be at your house in Philly to rob it this afternoon, after e-mailing you my intention to do it, and providing information on exactly where I intended to fence your stuff and the Philly cops STILL wouldn't solve your burglary.

With such poor performance on ordinary crime, it is perfectly reasonable to question the priorities here.

31 posted on 02/14/2003 7:54:18 AM PST by eno_
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To: snooter55
Was it Eddie Rabbit?
32 posted on 02/14/2003 7:57:32 AM PST by AUgrad (We filled his head with cannonballs and powdered his behind.)
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To: AUgrad
CONWAY TWITTY!
33 posted on 02/14/2003 7:59:05 AM PST by AUgrad (We filled his head with cannonballs and powdered his behind.)
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To: NativeSon
"one of the classiest spots in town to find love with a perfect stranger."

Sex in a restroom, thats classy alright. And I wouldn't call anyone in a situation like that a "perfect" anything.

34 posted on 02/14/2003 8:04:04 AM PST by oyez (Is this a great country...........Or what?)
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To: Elisha_Ben_Abuya
I remember that

Yes, the light show, we knew an electrician who (volunteered) kept it running. As a kid we lived pretty close to the Zoo, we went often. Do you have an 'Elephant Key' ?

36 posted on 02/14/2003 8:50:36 AM PST by NativeSon (Nothing says "Love" like a new gun!)
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To: AUgrad
I thought it was Buckwheat, "Nookin' pa nub"
37 posted on 02/14/2003 8:54:46 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: biblewonk
I would love to wonk you on the head with your bible!!!
You are spouting off drivel!

I am a proud Libertarian and I do not know of any other libertarian who would approve of what these homo's are doing. They are violating the law and should go straight to jail.

You need to learn not to judge folks so quickly.
Remember judge not less ye be judged. Isn't that what it says?
38 posted on 02/14/2003 8:57:46 AM PST by asneditor (A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away)
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To: eno_
With such poor performance on ordinary crime, it is perfectly reasonable to question the priorities here.

A crime is a crime and should be treated thusly. I'm not saying that they don't have better things to do but if this particular thing is becoming a problem it should be solved.

Look at this way, Philadelphia is starting all sorts of campaigns to bring business and people into Philadelphia- even marketing the city's name to gain revenue. Now, that in mind, a group of people that engage in illegal and immoral activity in PUBLIC in the very places that are trying to improve are making this behavior known- in Philly Mag., and web sites etc. . You are a resident, a business owner, a politician, etc., what do you do?

note, I'll bet they're not spending money while in those bathrooms

39 posted on 02/14/2003 8:59:41 AM PST by NativeSon (Nothing says "Love" like a new gun!)
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To: NativeSon
The men's room also was featured in Philadelphia magazine last month as "one of the classiest spots in town to find love with a perfect stranger."
I'm very much a believer in "live and let live", but when a freaking restroom is described as a "classy" place to do.....well what's going on, that says a lot.

-Eric

40 posted on 02/14/2003 9:03:29 AM PST by E Rocc
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To: biblewonk
If libertarians are conservatives I must be something else.

Well, there are a few words that come to mind....

41 posted on 02/14/2003 9:03:40 AM PST by jimt
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To: ErnBatavia
It's Mickey Gilly.
42 posted on 02/14/2003 9:04:37 AM PST by Rustheman
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To: eno_
With such poor performance on ordinary crime, it is perfectly reasonable to question the priorities here.

You have a right to complain if they don't solve your burglaries, but Strawbridge's has a right to keep people from using their restrooms for public sex.

43 posted on 02/14/2003 9:07:53 AM PST by jimt
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To: jimt
"Well, there are a few words that come to mind...."

You said it buddy without ever saying it ;-)
44 posted on 02/14/2003 9:14:13 AM PST by asneditor (A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away)
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To: asneditor
Remember judge not less ye be judged. Isn't that what it says?

Heather verse 101! Every heathen knows this, even Metalica.

45 posted on 02/14/2003 9:22:27 AM PST by biblewonk
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To: asneditor
Oops, Heather = Heathen. Sorry Heather.
46 posted on 02/14/2003 9:25:35 AM PST by biblewonk
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To: biblewonk
You make no sense whatsoever. Will you please explain your post of
"Libertarians must be so upset that these men aren't allowed to inject or injest anything they want into their own bodies."
For such a good bible thumper so far all I have seen from you is slander. Can you back up the statement you have made?
47 posted on 02/14/2003 9:37:07 AM PST by asneditor (A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away)
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To: asneditor
For such a good bible thumper so far all I have seen from you is slander. Can you back up the statement you have made?

I first heard that statement from a Libertarian on the FR. It was a year or 2 ago so I can't find the poster.

48 posted on 02/14/2003 9:53:23 AM PST by biblewonk
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To: biblewonk
So you heard it from "ONE" Libertarian so does that mean all Libertarians feel this way?

If thats the case then all christians must be murderers because Jim Jones was. All Christians must be haters because Rev. Phelps is.

Now do you see where I cam coming from?
49 posted on 02/14/2003 9:55:48 AM PST by asneditor (A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away)
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To: asneditor
JJ was a drug addict -- homosexual too !

He would use rape for punishment !
50 posted on 02/14/2003 10:02:45 AM PST by f.Christian (( Orcs of the world : : : Take note and beware. ))
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