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Giant Condom Billboard Is Too Sexy for Children in the Valley

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You might have seen the billboard sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation around town: it features a ginormous inflated condom with the tagline "Why Not?"

A mother of three in the Valley had her own answer to that question: she didn't want to have to explain the billboard to her curious children. So the mother Eve Ragsdale called up the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the advertising company Van Wagner and asked them to take down the sign on Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys, according to The Daily News.

"It's just an inappropriate image for all of the children in the neighborhood," Ragsdale told the newspaper. "This is a quarter mile from Sylvan Park Elementary, so mine are not the only children walking on that street that have to see it."

She added that she was okay with the message but not that big phallic image. She suggested a condom wrapper might be more appropriate for children's eyes.

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The effort worked, and the billboard is coming down. Van Wagner Outdoor Vice Chairman Bill Crabtree told the Daily News that the billboard would be coming down today or Thursday: "We listened to (Ragsdale), we don't necessarily agree with her, but if it's offensive to her, the last thing we want to do is offend anyone."