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Alcohol takes PDA to another level: Sex on the beach gets couple into trouble

Photo Illustration: Kayla Stroud/SPECTATOR

Written by Zenobia Harris, Copy Editor

Public displays of affection are cute to some and corny to others, but this Virginia couple took PDA to a whole new level.

Less than three weeks ago, a Virginia woman was caught having sex with her drunk, unconscious boyfriend in a parking lot… in the middle of the day. As many of us can probably imagine, this caused onlookers to be quite surprised and more than a little disgusted.

The woman, Kimberly Jackson, told News Channel 3 that she had been drinking and that the alcohol “put her in the mood”. When the cops were called and arrived on the scene, Jackson’s boyfriend, Earl Palmer, was unresponsive. However, Palmer later came to his girlfriend’s rescue saying that he consented to that. He said that they wanted “to do something spontaneous.”

Spontaneous isn’t bad. There are plenty of people in America who are searching for ways to spice up their love life. According to a survey by Trojan condoms, 81 percent of Americans said that their sex life could use some spontaneity. 32 percent of people who took the survey said that they had had sex in different places besides their homes such as the beach or even at their in-laws’ house (yikes!). But, there weren’t any couples admitting to having sex in the middle of a parking lot in broad daylight.

Unfortunately, there have been a number of other couples—whether they’ve made headlines or not—that have gone a little too far in public places.

Earlier this year, a couple from Florida actually had sex on a beach, but not in the romantic way many people would think about. Jose Caballero and Elissa Alvarez had sex for at least twenty minutes at a crowded Florida Beach in the middle of the day around dozens of families and young children. Eventually the police were called and Alvarez and her boyfriend were arrested.

Despite these couples’ gross misuse of public beaches and parking lots, some people may find PDA to be slightly endearing as long as it isn’t extreme. A Psychology Today article on social media PDA said that researchers found that people who displayed their loving relationships in smaller amounts were more likeable than the people who didn’t.

The point is that there is a thin line between what is appropriate and spontaneous and just being completely outrageous. Kimberly Jackson and Earl Palmer may have been “in the mood”, but it is seriously doubtful that having sex in an open parking lot would have been as appealing to them if they weren’t intoxicated. Being affectionate may not be a bad thing, as long as people are aware of their surroundings.

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