Yet Another Reason To Love Amsterdam


As an update to Wednesday’s post on Alabama’s ban of selling sex toys, we found that other countries are enjoying their rights to the fullest. While Amsterdam is pretty big on using vending machines for everything — cash, food, condoms, even toothbrushes — well, you can guess what’s coming next.
It looks like the southern Dutch city of Tilburg has begun to install sex toy vending machines at various businesses. There was actually some resistance by the city council’s building inspectorate, but the machine was approved after it was made child-proof. It can’t be purchased with money, just bank or credit cards.
So while Alabama residents are fighting just to be able to purchase one, the Dutch merely has to pop in some plastic to get their pleasure.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted February 25, 2005 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    I finished off my high school in the Netherlands, as my whole extended family lives there, and I can speak from experience at how wonderful that country is. I am seriously considering going back once I have completed grad school.
    Personally, I’m not gonna ever get a toy out of a vending machine (prefer to browse), but for those that just seem to be caught without one, it might be handy ;)
    The funny thing about Tilburg is that it’s not like an Amsterdam (wasn’t so keen on Amsterdam honestly, prefered Utrecht). It’s just a boringly normal usual Dutch city. THIS is what a society should be like.
    Don’t get me wrong, the Netherlands aren’t perfect, but they know what the important shit is, and what isn’t. The US really could learn a LOT.

  2. Posted February 25, 2005 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Ahhhhhhhh! How exciting! I actually purchased my first sex toy ever last night and it was an exciting moment :) I would love to visit the neterlands just to see all the fun vending machines. :)

  3. Posted February 25, 2005 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Do they take fives’? LOL!

  4. Blue Mako
    Posted February 25, 2005 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    And I thought Japan’s vending machines were messed up…
    no, wait, they still are. At least these aren’t selling used panties…

  5. Posted April 14, 2006 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    can we talk about the double entendre of “pop in some plastic to get their pleasure” , and then there is the alliteration… i love you folks. have i said that lately?

  6. Frenchwoman
    Posted September 1, 2009 at 12:34 am | Permalink

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