MONTREAL, April 26 (UPI) -- A Montreal sex toy store was fined $499 by a Quebec court for selling a product -- Sleeve Super Stretch -- with English only on its packaging.
The Quebec Board of the French Language told the Quebec Court judge it had unsuccessfully attempted for six years to get Distribution Percour Inc., the owners of Boutique Seduction, to stick French language labels on boxes for the Sleeve Super Stretch, described as a sex toy accessory worn by men, The Montreal Gazette reported Monday.
Judge Gilles Michaud rejected Distribution Percour's argument that the product was exempt from Quebec's law on the language of commerce and trade. He said the issue had to do with safety.
"We must protect those who benefit from warnings and need to understand them," Michaud wrote in his ruling. "What the defendant is really complaining about is the cost of producing packaging that conforms to the charter."
The store was given six months to pay the $499 fine.