Sign outside Oregon strip club draws complaints

Sign outside Oregon strip club draws complaints »Play Video
A photo of the sign, with the alternate spelling of the first word blocked out.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A sign outside a gentleman's club on Main Street that uses a sexually suggestive alternative to the common spelling of a word has drawn complaints, but the City of Springfield said it is powerless to do anything.

Springfield resident Steve Andreason calls the sign at Spyce Gentlemans Club "offensive."

People who share his opinion have complained to the city - about both this sign and similar ones in the past.

Niel Laudati with the City of Springfield said that, despite the complaints, legally there is nothing the city can do: the sign is protected by the First Amendment.

Spyce is located on Main Street in downtown Springfield, where lots of cars pass by during the day. Andreason said he is concerned about kids and families who read the sign.

He said Springfield has done a lot in the past years to clean up its image, and he doesn't think the sign helps.

No one answered the door at the club Monday. Someone who answered the phone referred KVAL News to the manager. A message left for the manager was not immediately returned. This story will be updated if the owner or staff want to share their side of the story.

And as of 2:30 p.m., the sign had been changed to the traditional spelling.