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NEWHALL : Drive-In Condom Shop Vandalized Before Opening

Drive-in movies and drive-in restaurants have become endangered species, but a drive-in condom shop is about to open in Newhall.

Though not just yet.

Hours before Richard Kotler and Frank Bennetti were to open for business Monday in a former Fotomat booth, vandals broke a window and smeared black paint over its “Safe-Sex Shop” sign, drawing the circle-and-slash symbol used on road signs over the word “Sex,” the operators said.

As a result, the co-owners have put on hold for a couple of weeks their plans to offer condoms to motorists to fight AIDS. They said they want to help conquer what they call the biggest impediment to coping with the disease--embarrassment--among some consumers who would have to shop for condoms in drugstores and supermarkets.

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“You don’t even have to leave your car,” Bennetti, 50, an auto body shop proprietor, said. “All you do is look at the menu we’ll post and tell us what you want. It’ll be quick, easy and convenient.”


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