- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 9, 2016

A new adult baby fetish store in the village of Mount Prospect, Illinois, is sparking outrage in the community.

About 50 residents showed up at village hall Tuesday night to call on officials to shut down Tykables, which offers products such as adult-sized cribs, playpens, high chairs and diapers for adult baby fetishists, a local CBS News affiliate reported.

“Things for people to come and play, take pictures with. Not everybody has access to a nursery,” Tykables owner John-Michael Williams said in a YouTube video advertising his business.

Much of the criticism Tuesday focused on the colorful Lego-type bricks originally displayed in the shop’s front window, which some complained could attract actual children.

Mr. Williams said he considered their complaints and immediately covered the windows with white curtains as a temporary measure until they can be professionally frosted, the Daily Herald reported.

The store’s front door is reportedly kept locked, and visits are expected to be made by appointment. The business has no intention of displaying a sign either, Mr. Williams told the Daily Herald.

Still, locals said that what’s going on inside the store has no place near their schools and homes, CBS reported.

“It’s hard for us to swallow in this community,” one resident said at the village hall.

“They’re not having sex with their diapers on, they’re having people feed them and act like a baby,” countered another.

Officials said they had no legal basis to bar the business.

“It’s a business that many people find at best distasteful, but that is legal,” a village official explained.

Mount Prospect Village Manager Michael Cassady said officials are grateful Tykables covered up its windows. He also clarified that the store is not inviting people to try out its products on site, the Daily Herald reported.

He said the village, however, is working on changing its zoning code to better scrutinize applications for such unique business.

Tykables itself would be grandfathered in as long as it sticks to the provisions of its current business classification, the Daily Herald reported.

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