Desperate measures for desperate times…
A Romanian entrepreneur has come under fire for putting plastic prostitutes on the street to advertise his garden gnome business.
Neighbours in Lilieci, Bacau county, complain the realistic figures distract motorists and are an unsuitable sight for local children.
Cristi Birgu, 27, who has just set up his business, defends his “aggressive advertising” and says the dummies will remain outside his house to drum up trade.
Apart from garden gnomes and prostitutes, he makes reproductions of Laurel and Hardy, Elvis, sports stars, cartoon characters and animals.
Mr Birgu said: “So far, my girls have attracted a lot of beeping from truck drivers but not too many customers. Sometimes I am afraid somebody might have an accident, arrested by the view, you know.”