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Naked Mannequins Offend Shoppers

January 29, 1998

AMHERST, Ohio (AP) _ Matthew Bailey likes his wares bare.

But the naked mannequins in his storefront window raised the eyebrows of a handful of shoppers in this small town where the tallest buildings are churches and silos.

``They’re pretty graphic,″ Amherst Trustee David Urig said Wednesday. ``I’m concerned about it. If anything, it’s rather tasteless.″

Bailey opened his shop _ All Make Beliefs _ last July in a rundown strip mall about 30 miles west of Cleveland. He sells used department store mannequins and restores dummies for companies that need them repainted or rebuilt.

In September, the town’s three trustees told him that at least six people complained that the unclad mannequins were offensive. Bailey removed the non-anatomically-correct mannequins at first, but put them back Monday.

``One trustee asked me to dress them _ but I’m not in the clothing business,″ Bailey said. ``If I dressed them, people would think this is a clothing store and walk by.″

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