Update: KGW Reporter Erica Heartquist confirmed the explicit advertisements were taken down by the building's owner Thursday afternoon.
PORTLAND -- Neighbors are angry over the way a Southeast Portland adult video store is advertising its business, believing it is way too visible to children.
It's a store that is basically advertising obscene and explicit content and it's (inside a building that is) labeled a family book store, said Matt McComas, who lives in the Brooklyn neighborhood with his wife and two young kids.
McComas was talking about B-A Video, which recently began renting space from Armchair Family Book Store. The building, at 3201 SE Milwaukie Avenue, had a window case displaying various novels, DVDs and children's books.
But above the window case is a poster advertising B-A Video, and explicitly listing the types of hardcore pornography it offers.
The fact that there's a children's book in the front window and then a flier above it that's advertising bestiality...they do not go in the same building, said mother Jody McComas.
The owner of B-A Video disagreed.
It's my right for me to sell what's legal, said Angelo Ardito, who said he's been selling porn in Portland for 38 years.
Asked what he thought about the possibility of a child seeing the word bestiality on his poster, Ardito replied, They've got to learn sometime, you know?
Neighbors are trying to figure out what, if any, legal ground they could have against the store or its advertising.
This does not fit our Brooklyn neighborhood, said neighbor, Marie Phillippi. This is our main street, kids come by here all the time.
Ardito said he understands parents' concerns, but doesn't believe he should remove his poster.
Just because I sell bestiality or rape (videos), does not mean I'm a child molester, said Ardito. I'm just in there to sell things for people to enjoy and make a living off of it as a regular business.
That reasoning was no consolation to the McComas family.
Even if they're not going to do anything (to stop the advertising), I don't think we can sit back morally, for the sake of my children, said Jody McComas.
Reached late Wednesday night, the owner of Armchair Family Book Store said she has asked Ardito repeatedly to remove his poster from her store front. She said she plans to evict him if he doesn't comply.