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Chuck149
09-08-2003, 09:14 AM
Subject: ASSC: (LNS) A Tale of Two Strip Clubs
From: [email protected] (Link)
Date: 07 Sep 2003 00:04:57 GMT

From the Lapdance News Service [a division of ASSCnn(tm)]....
"Lapping the World to bring you the news you need."

BOSTON -- Outside, under pink neon-lights, bouncers are cooking ribs
and steak tips on a pit barbeque grill for a few scantily clad young
women and various hangers on. Inside, two slender young women contort
their all-but-nude bodies nto various gravity-defying poses for the
eager young men who surround the center stage while upwards of 30
other attractive young women, in outfits that could make Larry Flint
blush, mingle and cavort with more than 200 patrons.

There is plenty of touching and petting going on and every few
minutes, one of the young men is led away by one of the girls, to
somewhere "more private."

This is the Cadillac Lounge, in Providence, R.I., on a typical
Saturday night, and despite a uniformed detail officer, the air is
sexually charged and the girls are very, very friendly.

At the Cadillac Lounge touching is not only allowed, it is
encouraged; it's part of what goes on, and the level of intimate
interaction helps the dancers get the money flowing out the guys'
pockets and into their g-strings.

Despite the fact that Massachusetts protects nude dancing as a form
of free expression, the state law also makes its nude clubs adhere to
a much stricter set of rules than many other states such as Rhode
Island.

In strip clubs across Massachusetts, touching dancers is prohibited
and will typically result in the offender being dragged out by the
scruff of his neck and dumped roughly onto the parking lot macadam.
Security is typically high-profile, and the dancers are escorted by
thick- biceped bouncers whenever they are on the floor among patrons,
which is rare.

Locally, selectmen hope that a recently approved set of rules and
regulations will limit the goings-on at any strip club that finds its
way into the adult zoned district on Holt Road, even further.

The Adult Entertainment Rules and Regulations, compiled with the help
of special counsel Scott Bergthold and prepared by Town Counsel Tom
Urbelis, are aimed at regulating "sexually oriented businesses in
order to promote the health, safety, morals, and general welfare of
the citizens of the Town, and to establish reasonable and uniform
regulations to prevent the deleterious secondary effects" of such
businesses, the document reads.

Many, who would like to see the rules so strict as to discourage
strip club developers all together have questioned what good the
rules could really do to prevent secondary crimes such as moral
degradation of the community and decreased property values.

Others have wondered whether the rules would be enforceable given the
level of protection afforded to nude dancing by the state as a First
Amendment right.

But, the rules, put together with special consideration taken not to
violate the rights of any would-be developers are the best the town
can do, according to Town Manager Mark Rees.

"The rules offer the residents of this town the highest level of
protection from negative secondary effects we can afford them without
violating the First Amendment rights of the owners," said Rees.

And anyway, they're what we've got.

SAME MUSIC, SAME NAMES, SAME PEOPLE, DIFFERENT RULES
At the Cadillac Lounge, the dancers aren't untouchable, almost
inhuman things up on stage. They are part of the crowd.

While you stand leisurely at the bar, a dancer will approach you to
see if she can't get a little something going.

She'll drink with you (you buy the drinks). She'll smoke cigarettes
with you (you offer the cigarettes), and she will press her body up
onto yours without invitation, kiss you on the cheek, or the neck,
and ask you if you want to go somewhere less public for a "private
dance."

In the Cadillac Lounge, lap dancing is the name of the game, and you
can not go five minutes, minding your own business, without being
approached, and propositioned.

"Come with me, right this minute, I want to get you alone and have my
way with you."

Shadow lays her entire body against yours for only a moment before
attempting to drag you by the arm to a room full of torn couches.

"I'm all set," you tell her. She scoffs and moves on. She'll be back,
however.

Not all of the girls are so aggressive. Another might strike up a
casual conversation first, tell you about her family, or her
dog, "Boo-boo."

"Baby, what's your name? Are you shy? Come with me, I'll give you the
dance of your life."

Meanwhile, a girl will come and sit on your lap, to rest her aching
feet, she'll say, and then to tell you how awful her night is going
because none of these 'tight-assed guys want to spend any money.'

"How is your night? Mine's okay, not too good, I guess Why? I only
made $700, usually I make $1,200. But hey, it doesn't matter how my
night is going, how is yours?"

Proposition after proposition, and even the strongest willed is bound
to break down. There is almost a feeling of guilt that lingers after
20 no's, 3 or 4 to the same girl before she gets the hint.

Unlike the Cadillac Lounge, in most Massachusetts clubs, if you want
a 'lap dance,' a personal, one-on-one strip tease, (and a little
dirty talk), you set it up through a bouncer.

In Massachusetts, a lap dance isn't a lap dance so much as a private
show because touching is strictly forbidden. At Tens Show Club on
North End Boulevard, in the heart of the beach strip in Salisbury,
$10 will get you, and a large man wearing a shirt that says SECURITY
across the front, five to 10 minutes alone with the dancer of your
choice. She will dance in front of you - peeling off what little
clothing she has on as she goes - and she may put her hands on your
shoulders or your neck, but you can not touch her. You can say
whatever you want to her, as long as you don't proposition her for
sex.

The Adult Entertainment Rules and Regulations passed by North Andover
selectmen prohibit dancers, "while in a state of nudity," to get
within six feet of a customer. They also prohibit customers from
being alone with dancers in a room less than 1,000 square feet -
unless the entire facility compromises less than 1,200 square feet.
This one-two punch would seem to effectively eliminate the lap dance
in any of its various forms.

The regulations also prohibit any dancer while "in a state of nudity"
to receive any tips from customers.

In both Massachusetts and Rhode Island strip clubs, dancers work for
tips. It would seem logical that eliminating tips would successfully
limit the number of dancers that would want to work in North Andover.

Nude dancers typically aren't paid nickel-one by the establishment at
which they work, and they have to share their tips with bar and door
staff. They effectively pay to work.

But the money they keep is not a small amount for the average dancer,
single and under 21-years old.

A bouncer at Tens estimated that the dancers make about "$1,500 to 2
Gs" on a Friday or Saturday night.

OWNER ALTERNATIVES
Meanwhile, another nude dancing club called the Lion's Den also
operates in Salisbury without a liquor license. It does so by
catering to the 18 - 21 crowd.

Some are worried that even if they are denied a liquor license, a
strip club could operate locally without one, by accommodating minors.

"I am just concerned that people don't understand that that is a
possibility," said Selectman Rosemary Smedile. "With two prep-schools
nearby and a high school right down the street, that becomes a
serious issue."

Another worry is that a club could somehow find a loophole that would
allow it to operate on a bring your own booze (b.y.o.b.) policy, as
some restaurants in the state are able to do, thus effectively taking
the power to regulate the club out of the hands of the local liquor
licensing board (the selectmen).

The Cadillac Lounge has no liquor license. They get around this fact
by allowing patrons to bring in their own beer, or liquor, and then
selling it back to the owner from behind the bar for $2 per beer or
drink (plus tip).

To many this probably does not sound like it makes good business
sense, but judging by the more than 200 who willingly paid twice for
their alcohol, it makes sense to them.

They are paying for the entertainment, and the company. And this is
after already paying $10 at the door, just to get in.

Neither the Board of Selectmen's Licensing Chairman, Donald Stewart,
the local police, nor the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control
Committee was able to say whether such an operation would be possible
in Massachusetts, but all said they would look into it.

Some local officials are concerned that the public is not taking
seriously the realistic possibility that a strip club could thrive,
let alone survive in town, albeit on a slightly out of the way, dead-
end road.

But Selectmen Chairwoman Wendy Wakeman and Smedile have warned that
the possibility is very real.

"Some people think this is just a bluff to pave the way for their
trash transfer station," said Wakeman. "I think the Thomsons are very
serious. And the possibility that we could be getting a strip club on
Holt Road is a very serious one."

Salisbury's Chamber of Commerce president Maria Miles said last
year "I would have never dreamt that there was a market for one, let
alone two" adult entertainment establishments in her town.

But statistics have since proven that notion wholly wrong, and
neither club is showing any signs of slowing down any time soon.

The bouncer at Tens said the place is typically "packed" Tuesday
(amateur night) through Saturday.