In the UK these days, the police can order you to remove an item if just a single person complains about it.

Police officers in England have ordered a shopkeeper to remove an “obscene” chair from her window.

The outrageous piece of furniture in question is decorated with images from 1950s Playboy magazines.

Officers visited the Print Room in Station Street, Lewes, after complaints from members of the public. They said the seat contravened the Obscene Publications Act.

The chair was the brainchild of Laura Diez.

She said: “I can’t believe anyone in their right mind could actually be offended by this. I used 1950s Playboys which are no more scandalous than the front cover of some men’s magazines.”

The shop owner was so bemused by the request that she has now given it its own public health warning. A sign now on the chair, which is for sale at £95, reads: “This chair has been deemed inappropriate for public view. Please take care.”

Shop owner Lucy Wilkes said: “We have had almost entirely positive comments from people apart from one woman who thought it was inappropriate.”

A Sussex Police spokeswoman said: “Police attended a Lewes shop following a complaint from a member of the public regarding an item that was on display in the shop window. The member of public was offended by the images displayed on a chair and the shop owner was politely asked by police to remove it from public view, which she voluntarily did.”

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