SEXYTIME  4:20 pm November 20, 2012

Strippers Score Hot Legal Victory Over Terrible Rhino

by snipy

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Here at Wonkette, we take our goal of bringing you Very Serious Legal News very seriously. Whether it is politicians getting busted for the sexytime, politicians getting busted for the sexytime, or politicians getting busted for the sexytime, we here at Wonkette are ON it.

Sometimes sexytime isn’t so sexy, though! Sometimes ladies who deliver the sexytime to the lonely menz at the improbably named Spearmint Rhino chain of strip clubs get completely screwed over, and not in the fun way:

Two women who danced at the Spearmint Rhino in Oxnard launched the suit: Christeen Rivera and Tracy Dawn Trauth. They claimed they were wrongly treated as independent contractors rather than employees entitled to benefits. They sought back wages, tips, attorney fees and damages.

According to the suit, the women each earned an average of $500,000 a year in tips for lap and table dances. But the dancers alleged most of the money went to the club to cover “rent,” the disc jockey, stage fees, overhead costs and even penalties if they didn’t get enough men to purchase drinks during a shift.

$500,000 is a lot of monies! Though, given the strippers’ likely clientele (presumably politicians looking for sexytime!) no amount of money is enough monies. According to the settlement, there was pretty much no way in which the Spearmint Rhino didn’t straight-up rob everyone that worked for them:

It’s definitely a big win for the 14 dancers named in the suit, but also for dancers in California. Judge Phillips ruled that within 30 days Spearmint Rhino must stop charging dancers what are known as “stage fees” for the right to work. Phillips also ruled that the chain is required to grant all dancers in their clubs employee status within six months, ending the illegal practice of classifying dancers as independent contractors while also placing workplace demands on them that far exceed that legal status. By managing dancers like employees but putting them on the books as independent contractors, club owners get out of paying dancers the benefits they’re legally entitled to, which could include worker’s compensation, unemployment, and health insurance if they qualify.

As Spearmint Rhino is apparently a ginormous chain of strip clubs, a veritable Wal-Mart of legal sexytime (your faithful Wonkette editrix informs us that they exist in copious amounts in Los Angeles), the settlement is $13 million and covers dancers in California, Kentucky, Idaho, Florida and Nevada. Woo for multi-state legal sexytime labor victories!!

The real story here, though, let’s be honest, is the deeply unsexy name, Spearmint Rhino. Is that image – some improbably-colored (or flavored? ewww) large tough-hided animal? If so, you’re in luck in California, Kentucky, Idaho, Florida, and Nevada! Those of us in other states will have to make do with our pedestrian strip club names that simply tell us how hot the ladies will be, like Dream Girls.

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{ 213 comments }

BaldarTFlagass November 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Do the dancers have to pay a pole tax, too?

LesBontemps November 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Ba-dum-dum tshhhh!

Veritas78 November 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm

You can tax my pole after you pry my cold, dead hands off it.

actor212 November 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Ditto her breastses!

IonaTrailer November 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm

In what way were the Secret Service guys involved?

CommieLibunatic November 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm
littlebigdaddy November 20, 2012 at 7:58 pm

RINOs and strippers…is this a Michael Steele thread?

ChapterUndVerse November 20, 2012 at 11:16 pm

It's a poll tax, with votes.

Boojum November 21, 2012 at 2:40 am

And why does this decision cover so many dancers? Aren't they supposed to be uncovered?

Mumbletypeg November 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm

A judge, a stripper and a rhino walk into a bar… … ?

weejee November 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm

and a RINO walk into a bar…

/ fixed

chicken_thief November 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm

You can he is a RINO because he is checking out the womenz.

Esteev November 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm

And they're all horny?

smokefilledroommate November 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

"and the judge says, "hey barkeep,"….

sewollef November 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm

"…. a drink and a bite to eat for my friends here…."

sati_demise November 20, 2012 at 10:00 pm

give each of us a butt shot vodka, we are taking turns! whooohooo!

Dudleydidwrong November 20, 2012 at 10:31 pm

The judge says, "Drinks all around! We're getting married!"
The bartender says, "That goddamn Obama. They said that if he won we'd be screwing animals!"
The judge responds, "My good man, who said anything about screwing animals. This lady and I are getting married."
The bartender says, "Then what's with the rhinoceros?"
The rhinoceros says (in a deep voice), "I'm the maid of honor."

weejee November 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Republicans in Naughty Only

LibertyLover November 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Rhinos be horny, doncha know?

ChillBill November 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Is Spearmint Rhino owned by Bain Capital by any chance?

Blueb4sinrise November 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm

CURSES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maman November 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm

please, please, please….

Callyson November 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm

No, they wouldn't be interested–it's hard to outsource a lap dancer.

Geminisunmars November 20, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Hard is what they are after.

Guppy November 20, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Can you get Indians on an H-1B for it?

Callyson November 21, 2012 at 1:22 am

And *now* we know what the Republicans will demand in exchange for immigration reform…

Boojum November 21, 2012 at 2:42 am

Oh God I hope so…brb

EatFrankRich November 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I lean towards Azerbaijanis on a J1 visa, since they're younger and all, but yeah.

greenloner November 21, 2012 at 5:45 am

Can you doubt it? The forbidding cognitive dissonance, the mind-numbing (sex organs-offputing) lack of charm or poetry, the inappositeness of such a name for such places, all are positively blatant clues that either Romneys or Romney-like persons have their fell clutches on the wallets and genitals of the workers and the customers.

not that Dewey November 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Oh, good. That means that the Spearmint Rhinos in New Mexico will still be staffed by underpaid, exploited strippers.

brb

Esteev November 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Don't forget a towel!

EatFrankRich November 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Are you elsewhere in NM, because the one here in Albuquerque shut down already.

not that Dewey November 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Did it? I guess I'm just out of touch.

I only make it to ABQ about once a month, and "checking to see which strip clubs are still open" is low on my list of things to do.

Blueb4sinrise November 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Somehow Bain is involved in this.

ChillBill November 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm

He he.

sati_demise November 20, 2012 at 10:01 pm

they will be now. cuz munies. or will his 'insurance' pay this?

PuckStopsHere November 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Judge Phillips is in the tank for Big Boobies.

Antispandex November 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Isn't everyone? Really? Except, well, I had this neighbor. She was fine looking without big'uns. Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl…

PuckStopsHere November 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm

But that was 30 years ago, when they used to have a show.

Guppy November 20, 2012 at 6:55 pm

In the tank (top).

BaldarTFlagass November 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm

"deeply unsexy name, Spearmint Rhino."

Rilly. Needz moar Doublemint Twins.

NellCote71 November 20, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Sounds like the snarky "that's the name of my next band" at the end of a long string of replies from drunk/stoned Wonkateers.

Botlrokit November 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Today, we are all pimping strip club owners.

calliecallie November 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Pics or it didn't happen.

LibertyLover November 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Frank Parlato thinks these womenz should quit thinking of themselves as victims and make him a sandwich.

BaldarTFlagass November 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I see what you did there. Nice!

Boojum November 21, 2012 at 2:44 am

I, also too, would like to be a sandwich.

Tommmcatt_Again November 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm

My stripper name is "Handsome Joe Biden", by the way.

MissTaken November 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Happy Birthday!

zyxomma November 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm

You beat me to it, Miss.

smokefilledroommate November 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Christeen and Tracy Dawn were their stripper names from birth.

BaldarTFlagass November 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Friend of mine named his daughters Krystal and Amber. I never said anything, but thought, "Dude, self-fulfilling prophecy if they become dancers." Fortunately, despite their being raised in South Texas Hillbilly Valhalla, they both graduated from Hi-Dollah College and are both on their ways to successful careers as physicians. Who'd a thunk it?

actor212 November 20, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Yes, but how'd they pay for med school?

HAH! Bet you never thought about that, didja?

Steverino247 November 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm

An undergraduate student I once knew was strongly suspected of such employment. The graduate students (including me) strongly resisted the temptation to find out for sure because we thought she would drop out of school and we'd never see her walking around campus. (Yes, just watching her walk around campus was an experience…)

BaldarTFlagass November 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Actually, he started what is now one of the biggest fence companes in South Texas when we got out of high school and he's a fucking millionaire now. So I doubt it. And I can't think of them in those terms, they're my bud's little girls!!

actor212 November 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm

So you're no SEC official, I perceive.

Lascauxcaveman November 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Oh yeah? My country's president's name is Barack Hussein, and my country isn't even a muslin one! (Yet.)

NellCote71 November 20, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Didn't even need to combine the name of their first pet and the street they grew up on. Unfortunately, my name stripper name under those rules is Choppy Eighth.

Boojum November 21, 2012 at 2:47 am

Mine would be Grayfin Fox Hollow.

skoalrebel November 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Yeah, but the club was Republican in name only. [spit!] Basically a bunch of fuckin' libtards and queers. I mean, fuck it, when you're marketing yourself as a gum-flavored version of an odd-toed ungulate, well, that's just fuckin' gay. [spit] No true constitutional conservatives giving lapdances there, man.

actor212 November 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm

So if they changed the name of the club to, say, the BeeMint Rhino, you'd go in?

skoalrebel November 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I'd rather it be something dip related. [spit] The Long Cut Rino sounds kinda gay though. [spit!]

actor212 November 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Red Man Rhino. There ya go!

fartknocker November 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Copenhooter.

fuflans November 21, 2012 at 12:23 am

way way too many monosyllabic words there skoal.

just sayin.

Botlrokit November 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Fuckin' Government. Not only must I make 'em employees in six months, I hafta cover their GOD DAMN BIRTH CONTROL.

mayor_quimby November 20, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I think strip clubs put it in the dancers' drinks, at least the good ones. Pregnant strippers are bad for business. Plus it takes at least 3 months to get back in stripper shape, depending on how competitive your local market is, so you're without Amber-Lynn for a whole year. Bad business

actor212 November 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Two women who danced at the Spearmint Rhino in Oxnard launched the suit: Christeen Rivera and Tracy Dawn Trauth.

I call bullshit! Strippers have names like Candy Striper or Pola Dansa!

mrpuma2u November 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Destiny is a popular stripper name too, er uh, I mean that's what I heard.

coolhandnuke November 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm

They should change their strip club name back to their original one–The Elephantightass.

PopeEdgardo November 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I'll be back soon. I'm off to trademark Horny Hippo.

Esteev November 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Sexy Llama was taken…

coolhandnuke November 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Can you do Manatease while you're at it?

HistoriCat November 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm

There used to be a totally nude club in Houston called the Pink Pussycat.

coolhandnuke November 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm

If memory serves me, Baltimore's "block" had a Pink Pussycat.

widestanceromance November 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Poor dear sad old 'Block.'

coolhandnuke November 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Haven't been in Charm City since '96…did they pave paradise and put up a parking garage?

bobbert November 20, 2012 at 10:27 pm

There is still a nudie club in San Jose called the Pink Poodle. It's practically a local monument.

Lascauxcaveman November 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm

.

widestanceromance November 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm

!

Lascauxcaveman November 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm

%#@*(

(I'd deleted my comment – usual down thread duplication problem – and was trying to think of something else to say, when you interrupted.)

widestanceromance November 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Please accept this upfist as condolence and apology.

greenloner November 21, 2012 at 8:21 am

Very much to the point, your comment!

[Posted this before I saw the exchange that followed. Still, I did see your point!]

joobajooba November 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm

"Spearmint Rhino" sounds like a tube steak on steroids.

Nostrildamus November 20, 2012 at 6:29 pm

I'd say a flavored condom.

BaldarTFlagass November 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I wish I had half a mil or so to invest in a titty bar, with a slightly more targeted audience than "has a penis." Given the upsurge in divorces and the number of hot divorcees one sees these days, I would only hire well-maintained 35-50-year-olds. Baldar's MILF Bar.

actor212 November 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm

MILK Bar might sell more tickets…

Steverino247 November 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Be careful about Alex and his droogs, though.

calliecallie November 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm

The MILF bar. LOL. Do they dance to "Singin' in the Rain?"

Esteev November 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm

And anything by Yanni.

Negropolis November 20, 2012 at 10:53 pm

And those Andrews Sisters. Those gals are crackerjack!

Come here a minute November 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Now that I know about these unfair labor practices, I'll give all my business to Peppermint Hippo.

Jus_Wonderin November 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm

That is best. I hear the owner was complaining about the 14 cents per lap dance he would lose to give these sweet young ladies benefits.

Boojum November 21, 2012 at 2:50 am

Peppermint Hippo sounds like a place where the tables have to be very sturdy.

Ruhe November 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I am shocked, shocked!…to hear that a company that operates strip clubs has adopted business practices that exploit women.

Now…is irony finally and truly dead in America or what?

LesBontemps November 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Hell, the Tea Party put the last nail in irony's coffin three years ago; satire remains on life support.

actor212 November 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Phillips also ruled that the chain is required to grant all dancers in their clubs employee status within six months, ending the illegal practice of classifying dancers as independent contractors while also placing workplace demands on them that far exceed that legal status.

It's bad enough Linda McMahon lost her election, now she's going to lose her wrestlers.

HogeyeGrex November 20, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Favorite comment on her campaign.

Someone seems to have run out of bubblegum.

emmelemm November 20, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Son of a bitch! Rowdy Roddy Piper, bless his heart. Thank you for sharing the link.

actor212 November 21, 2012 at 9:16 am

Yea, he doesn't like the McMahon family at all, except Vince and maybe his son-in-law Paul.

Negropolis November 20, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Nice.

taylormattd November 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I prefered the Deja Vu myself, back when I was pretending to be straight.

How can you go wrong with "99 beautiful girls and three ugly ones" as your slogan?

Lascauxcaveman November 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm

My cousin quips they named that place 'Deja Vu' because every time you go to a strip club, it's exactly the same.

Limeylizzie November 20, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Is that in Seattle? Or maybe a generic place?

PhilippePetain November 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Deja Vu is everywhere.

Seattle does have the Lusty Lady, also of SF; unionized girls, seedy as hell.

Sorry. I know these things from my days as a late-teen exploring the underbelly of said cities.

Limeylizzie November 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm

and I know it from doing research for a play I was in called “Dressing” about the lives of strippers!

PhilippePetain November 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Nice! I didn't mean to sound pedantic.

Blueb4sinrise November 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Is there a My Little Rhino cartoon……….?

gullywompr November 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Today, we are all brineys.

Lot_49 November 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Phillips also ruled that the chain is required to grant all dancers in their clubs employee status within six months

The strip club gets six months to have the strippers fill out W4s? Sweet Jebus that's ridiculous. It takes five minutes.

Of course, being strippers and employees with (you'd hope) health insurance, they'll all want free birth control and/or free Obamacare abortions when they get legitimately raped. So I guess the Spearment Rhino "gentlemans' club" is yet another victim of creeping Sharia Law/socialized medicine.

actor212 November 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Spearmint Rhino

I see what they do here

YouBetcha November 20, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Then you're the only one.

Tundra Grifter November 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm

$500,000 a year? Let's say each young lady works 50 weeks a year – just to keep the math simple. That's $10,000 a week. Five nights a week? $2,000 per shift.

Work 10 hours per night? OK – $200 an hour. Serious tips, indeed…

actor212 November 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Not surprising. I know bartendresses who make $90K a year just for wearing scoop top blouses.

And that's just off me.

Esteev November 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Does this bar have an address? My current bartender is having belt issues.

actor212 November 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Bell Blvd, right by the LIRR

Esteev November 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I really hope its Safari Beach Club.

Jus_Wonderin November 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm

I'd LIRR at them too, but I am too far away for that to be convenient.

Esteev November 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Don't you know how to round?

Steverino247 November 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm

That is some serious money! Gentlemen's club, indeed. If Republican women could master the hand/blow job, think how many other businesses would collapse.

PhilippePetain November 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm

I'm wondering why they wouldn't pool resources, by their own joint, and just become the management. It would probably be a more fun, less-rapey place, too.

HateMachine November 20, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Well, now that they're being allowed to keep their money, they probably will. Garnishing every tip ever wasn't just for profit or spite, after all.

PhilippePetain November 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Sorry, "buy". Winger moment.

Guppy November 20, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Not a lot when you figure the effective "retirement" age is around 25.

SorosBot November 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Wait, you're saying that strippers are actual human beings, with legal rights, and not just pieces of meat and eye candy?!?

Chet Kincaid_ November 20, 2012 at 6:11 pm

This could be an entire specialty of legal practice!

Boojum November 21, 2012 at 2:55 am

Meat candy. That just killed my boner.

Goonemeritus November 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm

What will happen if these” Job Producers” go Galt and take their stripper poles with them.

Katydid November 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I hope they take them up the ass.

actor212 November 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm

The ceiling will collapse?

LesBontemps November 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I say we nationalize the stripper industry to ensure its continued status as a public benefit.

SayItWithWookies November 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm

That's a hell of a business plan, making the performers pay for the stage and the DJ and holding them responsible for the drunkenness of the clientele. It certainly goes a long way to explaining the RNC's junkets to lesbian bondage shows. Well — that and the lesbian bondage.

BaldarTFlagass November 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm

A new bar opened on the northside of San Antonio called The Angry Elephant, and from what I can tell (website is blocked here at work), yes, it is a politically motivated name. Guess what bar I will never frequent?

LesBontemps November 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm

But how are the strippers? Buncha old white ladies in orthopedic panties?

Tundra Grifter November 20, 2012 at 6:02 pm

They recreate June Taylor Dancers' routines on their HoveRounds.

smokefilledroommate November 20, 2012 at 8:32 pm

And they have a live "buckin' ello-funt" that will kick you in the face if you try to ride it.

Rotundo_ November 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm

The name should draw them in like flies… Was McAssholes already taken?

Tundra Grifter November 20, 2012 at 6:03 pm

That name would get you McSued in a heartbeat.

smokefilledroommate November 20, 2012 at 8:40 pm

…because that's the trademarked name of the synthetic protein used in all McDonald's products.

BaldarTFlagass November 21, 2012 at 7:48 am

Guess they just haven't caught up with this guy yet. https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/54014

Esteev November 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm

In unrelated news, "Spearmint Rhino" was my nickname in college.

actor212 November 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm

This was the same college you said you graduated magna cum loudly?

Esteev November 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I always gave the finger to those Shhh! signs in the library.

ManchuCandidate November 20, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Looks like the Strip Club is on the horns of a dilemma.

Defeatably_Joe November 20, 2012 at 4:39 pm

According to the suit, the women each earned an average of $500,000 a year in tips for lap and table dances. But the dancers alleged most of the money went to the club to cover “rent,” the disc jockey, stage fees, overhead costs and even penalties if they didn’t get enough men to purchase drinks during a shift.

I was once told by an, um, acquaintance, who is a DJ (and also in a techno "band" or whatever and also who dates strippers a lot) that these are all extremely common practice, and that ladies typically earn 10 cents on the dollar or less for those lap dances. So, I don't really have much to say other than it'll be good if this means more ladies actually get to keep more of the money they are earning and in that context it is very hard for me to snark about the nature of their labor in this case?

Tundra Grifter November 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm

This is why The Lusty Lady in San Francisco's North Beach is a co-op – owned by the women who work there. They just got tired of being ripped off all the time.

Then there was the old Condor. Carol Doda would come down to the stage on the top of a piano lowered from the ceiling. One night, after closing, a bouncer/barker and one of the employees decided to get it on while on the piano.

It went up and crushed him. The poor woman had to spend the night under the dead guy until the morning crew arrived.

CthuNHu November 20, 2012 at 7:25 pm

"Pffft, that's nothing," says Callista.

mayor_quimby November 20, 2012 at 7:57 pm

As one who was once awesome enough to have a stripper GF, I have firsthand knowledge of these practices.
The first $75 goes to the house every night
You have to tip the house mom who works in the dressing room – about $25
TIp the DJ for him to introduce you on the mic and play your favorite songs – $25
Oh, and if you're late, you have to pay based on how late you are. Say your shift starts at 7p, and you get there at 8, that's an extra $100 to the house, I believe it was $50 per half hour at the time.
And you ARENT ALLOWED to leave during your shift, and at closing time you have to wait until all the patrons to leave the parking lot before you can go to your car. This is supposed to be for the safety of the girls, and to prevent them from turning tricks during their shift, so I guess that part is sort of a good thing.
Ahhh, the things I learned dating a stripper, good times, good times.
Most weekend nights, she would still clear $500.
Oh, I forgot the part where if you're the boyfriend, all of a sudden it's MY job to pay for your trip to the Abortionplex!

smokefilledroommate November 20, 2012 at 8:28 pm

And then she got her degree, right?

BaldarTFlagass November 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Ah, the titty bar. Where an ugly man with money and a handsome man are treated just the same.

rickmaci November 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm

All monies are created equal.

Negropolis November 20, 2012 at 11:01 pm

And, where the women are treated like, well, every woman ever in the history of time. lol

DerrickWildcat November 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Those are the worst stripper names I've ever heard!

calliecallie November 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm

$500,000 a year does make me wonder if perhaps I went in to the wrong line of work two decades ago.

Jus_Wonderin November 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm

I think they make more in a year than I have made in two decades.

emmelemm November 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm

The problem is, you can't do that work for two decades… time makes hags of us all.

rickmaci November 20, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Time and Sir Isaac Newton.

chicken_thief November 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Kentucky? All them Jeebus freaks hanging out at tittie bars?!

Antispandex November 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

So…the strippers got stiffed? Is that what you're saying?

Lionel[redacted]Esq November 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Just another case of Feminazis, Activist Judges and Unions taking away our fundamental American traditions.

Steverino247 November 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm

And the club owner is going to have to increase the cover charge by .50 to pay for Obamacare, too, I suppose.

hagajim November 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I think the Spearmint just got run over by a legal rhino.

CrunchyKnee November 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm

The jerbs creators at the Rhino will have to shut their doors as they cannot be free to make the monies that God himself has ordained them to make.

Papa Johns LIBELZ!!!!!!!111

Jus_Wonderin November 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm

"each earned an average of $500,000 a year in tips for lap and table dances"

Damn. Sign me up. I mean, aside from being a male where other males might not appreciate my unique brand of lap dance…I can do this.

Blueb4sinrise November 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Related:

Exotic dancer arrested on human smuggling charges
http://www.azfamily.com/news/Exotic-dancer-arrest

SayItWithWookies November 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Weird — from the article it seems they were already in the country and she was just giving them a ride to Phoenix. Even weirder is that closeted extortionist Paul Babeu is apparently still the sheriff in Pinal County.

smokefilledroommate November 20, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Yep. Arizona's just fucking weird. And wrong.

savethispatient November 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Sounds like someone was actually doing it to "pay her way through college" and for a law degree at that…

coolhandnuke November 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm

I will be taking my tips across the street to Peppermint Patty's, an all-union lesbian nudie bar.

Jus_Wonderin November 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm

By tips, you mean the money kind, right?

coolhandnuke November 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I offer the finest 50 cent advice…and the doctor is always in.

catholic4condom November 21, 2012 at 1:18 am

Aside from dildo tips the money kind are the only kind lesbians take.

MosesInvests November 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm

You're weird, sir.

Rotundo_ November 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm

So who would organize a strippers union? SAG would be frowned upon, the Teamsters would probably be the best. Would the union label be a tramp stamp? I would be willing to check if I frequented this sort of establishment…

HistoriCat November 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm

For some reason, there was no lack of volunteers to help organizing the strippers.

Kid_Charlemagne November 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm

WWPJD? (What would Papa John Do?) I suspect he would have to lay off him some strippers!

MissTaken November 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Oddly enough, I don't see the Strippin' at the Spearmint Rhino game available with the Upper East Side Makeover game for teenage girls. Weird.
http://www.girlsw.com/make-up-games/upper-east-si

elviouslyqueer November 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Okay, the bad news is that I am now temporarily blind from all the NEKKID BOOBIES on the Spearmint Rhino USA website, because ew.

The good news, though, is that a brand new location is open now in IOWA, which should light up Chuck Grassley's Twitter like a fucking Christmas tree.

not that Dewey November 20, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Assume boobies nekkid

Sharkey November 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm

It's because rhinos don't wear clothes, right?

DerrickWildcat November 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm

" it’s easy to park in our FREE underground garage (except on game days)."

CrunchyKnee November 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm

They have "clubs" in England. All I can think of is the Simpsons episode with the toothy Brit lady saying, "fresh'n your drink, Gov'ner."

Tundra Grifter November 20, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Where's Limey Liz these days? I miss 2L.

Designer_Rants November 20, 2012 at 5:46 pm

One of my local strip clubs is called "Touch of Class", which is more often referred to as "Touch of Ass". I'm also told it does not, in fact, endow touches of class.

Guppy November 20, 2012 at 7:01 pm

On a similar note, one rarely finds gentlemen in a gentleman's club.

smokefilledroommate November 20, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Why no truth in advertising? "Gentleman's Club" = Women Seeking Psychosexual Empowerment On Pole For You.

docterry6973 November 20, 2012 at 6:07 pm

500K? Line up, ladies, the docterry club is open for business! Bring plenty of singles for those tips.

barto November 20, 2012 at 6:10 pm

You simply cannot be an independent contractor if you are required to be somewhere at some time by the eimployer. I hope these women get everything they are due!

Not_So_Much November 20, 2012 at 6:20 pm

We got a Rhino in Idaho? I'm told we have RINOs — but none that I want to see in a sparkly G-string.

Guppy November 20, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Does this mean we will soon start seeing women who are good at math entering the profession?

tessiee November 20, 2012 at 11:05 pm

I have a feeling that most of them are good at math because they have to be, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.

Chow Yun Flat November 20, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Odd that there were two dancers but neither were named Tiffany, Amber or Destiny.

DahBoner November 23, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Mercedes?

littlebigdaddy November 20, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I am clearly in the wrong line of work.

ttommyunger November 20, 2012 at 8:04 pm

This is common practice in Georgia. Dancers have to pay a tip-out fee to every employee in the club, including the bar-backs. It isn't unheard of for a girl to put in an entire shift and have to borrow money from another employee or dancer to make her tip-out. Their big money is made in the VIP Rooms. A fee goes to the House ($20 and up for the first half-hour) but whatever monies change hands for services rendered inside are all hers….or so I've heard.

smokefilledroommate November 20, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Wasn't the Spearmint Rhino formerly known as "Daddy Issues"?

BZ1 November 20, 2012 at 10:34 pm

“Stage fees” is obviously a euphemism for sexy-time stuff.

tessiee November 20, 2012 at 11:02 pm

If they don't like the club, they should quit and go work at the car wash.

mmeetoilenoir November 21, 2012 at 1:44 am

This is why it's best to work in a small club where the tip-outs aren't so onerous. A swanky place will make you broke sometimes, and it really stinks when you're having a slow night.

I used to be a dancer. If I went back now, I'd want to cocktail waitress. You get good tips without the insanity that goes along with being on the stage.

DahBoner November 23, 2012 at 11:02 pm

What's insane about showing your pussy to strangers? Sounds normal.

shawnthesheep November 21, 2012 at 2:15 am

I much prefer the name they used for a strip club on South Park. I mean, The Peppermint Hippo is just so much sexier.

Stevola November 21, 2012 at 8:11 am

A chain of strip clubs. A strip mall?

Baba_NinjaCat12 November 21, 2012 at 9:11 am

At least it wasn't the Pink Rhino in Phoenix, AZ. That place is totally gay.

OldRedneck November 21, 2012 at 6:14 pm

The strippers should have put their money in the Caymans.

DahBoner November 23, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Guys just watch a porno on your tv throw money at the screen then when its over rake up $500,000 a year and save yourself a LOT of money…

actor212 November 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeea…no

Tundra Grifter November 20, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Safari so good…

widestanceromance November 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm

With a pink hotel and a swingin' hot spot (and how did you know I was thinking of that song?).

sati_demise November 20, 2012 at 10:04 pm

yes

Lascauxcaveman November 20, 2012 at 6:36 pm

And a promise to type slower, in the future? Then it's a deal.

tessiee November 20, 2012 at 11:00 pm

And this laurel, and hearty handshake.

Esteev November 20, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Don't desert me now.

Limeylizzie November 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm

No pedantry was received.

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