Durex offers to deliver condoms to doorsteps in Dubai
Caught up in the moment? Durex and creative agency Buzzman are trying to make sure there's no excuse to not to use protection by offering to deliver condoms right to your door -- if you live in Dubai.
The SOS Condom app and website uses location-based technology so users can request condoms from the comfort of their own home, hotel or whatever place they may be at. Delivery services are offered between 4 p.m. and 4 a.m. and costs $15 for a dozen condoms. Your request will be fulfilled within the hour and condoms will be hand-delivered by a "discreet and professional delivery team."
Right now, the service is only offered in Dubai, but SOS Condoms is allowing people to vote on their website for the next city the delivery feature will be offered. The app is currently available in the iTunes App Store.
"If you thought buying condoms at a supermarket was a bit embarrassing -- try doing it in the conservative Middle East," Thomas Granger, general manager of Buzzman, told ABC News.
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The city in the United Arab Emirates is an interesting place to start the project, considering premarital sex is still banned in the country. This past October 2012, a 15-year-old teen faced charges that she had premarital sex after she gave birth, according to the UAE English-language paper, The National. Back in 2010, a British woman who told police she had been raped was charged with having premarital sex with her boyfriend instead, according to the Los Angeles Times. The rape charge was eventually dismissed, Reuters reported.
But, condon delivery may already be making its way to the States.
A student at The College of New Jersey also offers a similar service called CondAm, short for Condom Ambulance, in which customers can order condoms by phone or by text 24 hours a day, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reported. Condoms requested during "express hours" -- 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays -- are delivered in five minutes or less.
"When I get a delivery, I'll drop whatever I'm doing," sophomore Kyle McCabe, who started the service to protest people against premarital sex, told the Star-Ledger. "I sprint."
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