No Thanks to Spanksgiving

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP/KMOX) —  The day after the traditional Thanksgiving celebration, organizers with something other than turkey on their minds, planned to hold “Spanksgiving” at a hotel in Fairview Heights, but the city wants to take a closer look at the vendor permits for the festivities.

This is the same group, that in past years,  has sponsored “Beat Me in St. Louis,”  which is described as a weekend of hands-on events that explore bondage, discipline, masochism and sadism in sexual relationships.

The Fairview Heights three-day conference, which is expected to attract up to 250 people,  is scheduled to start on Friday but now because of the attention it’s getting from city officials,  they feel they are being unfairly singled out.

At issue according to the group, all of sudden the city wants forms filled out and they have to file for permits.  Town fathers say that’s not the case; the enforcement effort was announced weeks ago — long before they got word of the convention and now the group needs to have their paperwork in order.

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