No Lolita in your bedroom

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I'm not well read in the traditional classics -- my tastes run more to science fiction -- so I probably would have missed the allusion as well. You see, it seems someone or, actually, everyone over at Woolworths in the UK didn't get it either. One of their suppliers provided them with a bed designed for young girls called "Lolita".

For those not in the know, Lolita was the name of a famous book about a pedophile written by Vladimir Nabokov in 1955. (If you're not familiar with the book, you might know the Police song that also alludes to it.) Don't feel bad if you've not heard of it; the Woolworths folks haven't either. "There aren't many people in the company, in the whole world, who know about the `Lolita' book or films," said Lisa Lim, spokeswoman for Woolworth's. "There might be a few people in the country who have a problem with it, but it's just a name."

Well, someone was paying attention at the Raisingkids parents' group and they rung up the company to complain. To their credit, Woolworths pulled the bed immediately. I'm sure it was an honest mistake, but it was certainly an unfortunate one.

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