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B.C. woman ordered to give vibrator back to ex-boyfriend

Some couples fight over pets when they break up. Others quarrel over sex toys.

The B.C. Civil Tribunal has ordered a woman to give back a vibrator to her ex-boyfriend, as it was not a gift.

Glen Pederson brought an application to the tribunal, which handles disputes concerning $5,000 or less, demanding the return of the Hitachi Magic Wand, and two down pillows he left at Rachel Hannaberry’s apartment. The couple dated in the fall of 2018, but broke up in December that year.

After the break-up, Hannaberry originally agreed to return the items, which were worth $300 all together, but later refused, saying they were gifts.

Pederson bought the vibrator for their “mutual enjoyment,” according to a recent decision by tribunal member Trisha Apland, but he said it was never meant to be a gift. Pederson submitted text messages between the two that showed Hannaberry asked for permission before using “his” Magic Wand.

But Hannaberry said the only reason she had asked for permission was the two were engaged in role play.

Hannaberry also argued that the Magic Wand was a gift, as it is meant for female use. Pederson, however, pointed out that the sex toy is not gender specific.

Apland found that Hannaberry failed to prove that the three items were gifts. She ordered her to return the items to Pederson within 30 days, and to pay $125 in tribunal fees.