Mom Concerned About Nude Magazines in Gas Stations

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

An Aggie mom is furious about what she saw at a local gas station, and this time it wasn't gas prices that caused a stir.

Mandi Schmitt and her sister Carrie say they're very protective about what they let Mandi's kids see.

"They don't watch PG13, we're real careful in our home," said Schmitt.

That's why what Mandi and Carrie say they saw inside the Exxon at Highway 21 & 2818, infuriated them.

"This case of pornography, that was out in the open," said Schmitt.

"I said, 'did you see that?' and she turned around and we were trying to flip some of it over so other people couldn't see it, but it was explicit on the front and back," said Wood.

News 3 took a look inside that station, with a hidden camera, and on that day, found lots of raunchy titles.

Although we'd seen it with our own eyes just the day before, on the day our cameras were there, we didn't see exposed body parts on the magazines.

"They can for the most part display the title and those kinds of things on those kinds of magazines, as long as they're not showing anything else that's harmful," said Rod Anderson, Assistant Brazos County Attorney.

However, what our cameras caught just down the road, could be considered harmful to a minor.

The Phillips 66, just a few hundred yards from the Exxon on Highway 21 was selling soft drinks, next to a topless magazine.

The convenience store had magazines and DVDs so graphic News 3 couldn't broadcast them.

"The penal code says you can't display it and you can't display the nudity and those kinds of things in the photograph," said Anderson.

News 3 showed our video to Bryan Police, and Schmitt has filed a report.

It will be up to the County Attorney's office to decide if criminal charges should be filed.

"I know some people choose to look at that but I don't and I was really insulted that someone made a decision for me that I would see that," said Schmitt.

Mandi says she wants store managers to make sure her kids don't see it, either.

"I try so hard to protect my children," said Schmitt. "I don't think there's anything not careful about taking your kids in gas stations. I don't think that that's careless or wreckless in any way."


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