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Racy Bail Bonds Sign Draws Ire

A new bail bonds office on Chesapeake Avenue says it has a different approach to the business but some others in town are unhappy about their neighbor's sign.

A new entry into Towson's crowded bail bonds market has residents  talking.

Double D Bail Bonds is set to open in several weeks at 11 E. Chesapeake Ave., but the office's new sign, installed Saturday, has drawn some complaints from neighbors and area residents.

The logo depicts a busty woman in handcuffs and jail stripes with generous cleavage and the eponymous D's on her chest.

Danny, a man at the location who declined to give his last name but said he was a friend assisting owner Denny Danielczyk, said the community ought not judge the store by its cover.

But the sign left Nancy Hafford, executive director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce, "disturbed."

"I would hope that they would reconsider the sign that they have made up," Hafford said, expressing concern that the sign now has a prominent position across from the Towson library.

"They have children's book readings for nursery school kids across the street," she said.

Hafford said she would like to meet with Danielczyk about the sign, adding that she has no problems with the office's name.

The two D's are from Danny's and Danielczyk's first names, Danny said. A LinkedIn profile identifies Danielczyk as owner of Towson-based Metropolis Funding. He owned the now-defunct Towson pizzeria Stolano's, and his name is shown in liquor license proceedings as the owner of the nearby bar . Efforts to reach Danielczyk through a number listed on his business card were unsuccessful.

Danny said Double D solicited the logo online and "that was one that we thought that was very marketable," he said.

On Oct. 21, Baltimore County approved the sign that included the logo. According to zoning officials, the county can't police sign content short of actual nudity or obscenity.

"I don't know what government can do to regulate that type of image," County Councilman David Marks said. "Hopefully the Towson Chamber of Commerce and other individuals might be able to persuade them to remove it."

Julie Saxenmeyer, a Cockeysville resident who works in Towson, noticed the sign soon after it was erected over the weekend. She said she's not easily offended but believes the sign is inappropriate for downtown Towson and that street, which is home to several other bail bondsmen near the 

"I think all their signs are pretty gawdy, but they don't objectify women," she said. "I just don't think it's the way to advance a business in this neighborhood."

Danny denied that any sexism was intended with the logo, and said Double D plans to "revolutionize" the bail bond industry.

"We believe that 99 of 100 people that are bailed out of jail have some type of chemical dependency," he said. "We believe the system does not deal with that. Instead they like to incarcerate and we just don't believe in that philosophy. We believe in rehabilitation."

Danny said his firm has partnerships with local mental health providers and lawyers. The Towson location would be the first, with four others planned in Essex, Baltimore City and Harford County.

He said passers-by have generally had no problem with his logo, with a few exceptions.

"I guess there are some feminists here," he said. "I guess that's why it's called America. We all have to get along with different aspects of life and it's not meant to be taken in an offensive way."

Rob November 15, 2011 at 10:05 PM
The Loved Ones always had a racy store front display for years in Towson. BTW, the store was only feet away from the library. Ms. Hafford is "disturbed" by this cartoonish logo? Please!
Jason Danaher November 16, 2011 at 01:11 AM
the only reason people have a problem with this logo is because it is a bail bonds. They have a hooters in towson and tilted kilt in white marsh which is right across the street from the movies, what about the tshirts that say I smile at boobies for breast cancer. people need to just grow up
joe November 16, 2011 at 03:15 AM
i guess susan g komen will have to change her logos now,no more save the tatas with a drawing of breast! GROW UP PEOPLE free enterprise and freedom of speech! joe g.
DCMerkle November 16, 2011 at 04:39 AM
Maybe people do need to grow up, but how fast do you expect the children to grow up? Aren't they being forced to grow up fast enough as it is? Does a kindergartner need to grow up as fast as is being suggested?
Tom Kiefaber November 16, 2011 at 12:32 PM
You know things are bad in our brave new world police state when sex, drugs and rock n' roll, morphs into sex, drugs and bail bonds. The United Corporate States of Incarceration is really getting scary.
Bart November 16, 2011 at 01:10 PM
Kids see and hear far worse than this on TV every day. Have you ever given thought to the raunchy lines on Two and a Half Men? It's disgusting. And it's a "family" show. This is small potatoes. Leave them alone.
Tom Kiefaber November 16, 2011 at 01:18 PM
I agree Bart. It also kinda completes Towson's free-fall decline to become as tawdry and degraded as Baltimore City. The disheartening race to the bottom is closer now than was ever thought possible, back when Towson, MD held its pinkie in air. ;-)
Paul Thomas Winchell November 16, 2011 at 02:52 PM
hmmm.... yeah let's go after the damn boobie logo. never mind the sick public policy that makes the bail bond industry flourish when other respectable businesses are closing their doors. a few years from now towson will have even more bondsmen... other businesses will die and they will takr thier place. when your country makes a business out of locking drug addicts up on the public dime you can't be mad when some enterprising people try to make the best of it. after all... what other business could possibly guarantee the same kind of profit in this economy?
JPH November 16, 2011 at 03:07 PM
Tacky, tacky. I wouldn't patronize the "establishments" mentioned ~ never heard of Tilted Kilts, Hooter's wings aren't good , and Komen crossed a line. P.S. Hey Danny, You don't know what a "feminist" is. Ask your mother.
Jim21236 November 16, 2011 at 03:23 PM
Thank god we don't have nasty establishments like this in Perry Hall.
Tom Kiefaber November 16, 2011 at 03:35 PM
They're on the way to a town near you!
Michelle L November 16, 2011 at 04:25 PM
"I guess there are some men out there who haven't evolved beyond the oral stage and are regressing to an infantile state of obsession with breasts," said Michelle. "We all have to get along with different aspects of life and it's not meant to be taken in an offensive way." Couldn't agree more Danny.
Bart November 16, 2011 at 04:42 PM
Courthouse.....lawyers......bailbondsmen..........boobs. A natural flow of services that we need to support this country's faulty criminal justice system and the best way to describe and advertise for these services.
sylvester stilstoned April 24, 2012 at 04:40 PM
yeah who cares about a cartoon picture... what bothers me is i use double d to get out of jail and after i do i find out that double d donny is trying to get in my girls pants and trying to get her to come into the office for bullshit paperwork by herself saying he has his schedule cleared after to get "lost" together.... good bail bondsman but def trying to end around me... really fucked up
Phyllis Schwarts December 12, 2013 at 10:46 AM
That is the dumbest logo I have ever seen and by the looks of it they probably don't do a great job at their job. I happen to know that <a href="http://absolutebailbond.com/bondsmen/">bail bond st. cloud mn</a> does care about their clients, so be sure to give them a call if their services are ever needed.

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