South Carolina strip clubs in trouble

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The prosecutor in Horry County is asking a judge to close five strip clubs, saying they have a reputation of prostitution and lewdness and are offensive to public decency.

The owner of one of the clubs says a shutdown would hurt tourism.

Prosecutor Jimmy Richardson filed separate civil complaints against each of the clubs last week, The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported. The request seeks a temporary order to close the clubs until a hearing can be conducted to permanently close them.

Mike Rose of The Gold Club says the move would hurt tourism. He says the clubs attract tourists, employee about 300 people and support other businesses such as golf courses and transportation services.

“A lot of people are going to be hurt by what I term abusive government,” said Rose, who said he will fight the claims and expects the other clubs to do the same.

No hearing date has been set on Richardson’s request.

Richardson said he’s received complaints from the Horry County Police Department. His office has taken similar action against other nightclubs where police have documented a pattern of illegal behavior, such as drug activity, fighting and noise violations.

The filings follow investigations at the nightclubs by undercover police officers and private investigators, according to the complaints.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/15/14 - 10:25 am
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Read the last paragraph again

So you put an undercover cop in a strip club, the cop solicits a dancer to come to a hotel for a “private” dance, the dancer takes the bait, and then the prosecuting attorney tries to shut the club down because it fosters prostitution.

Somehow, that doesn't seem right.

foxsilong
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foxsilong 07/15/14 - 11:04 am
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the move would hurt tourism? really?

well, just want to point out the obvious......what kind of tourists would specifically come to Myrtle Beach for a strip club?? It's not Vegas dude.

Farmboy
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Farmboy 07/15/14 - 11:09 am
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The Electric Cowboy

I always wanted to go when it was open in Augusta, but I was much too young at the time. That was a long time ago.

AFjoe
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AFjoe 07/15/14 - 01:29 pm
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Strip clubs-Helps golf

Some folks hit a slice and others like to play with a hooker.

drumbeater3
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drumbeater3 07/15/14 - 01:49 pm
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the electric cowboy

the Electric C
owboy was not a strip club...I did go there, very often.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/15/14 - 02:04 pm
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AFjoe

Good one.

YeCats
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YeCats 07/15/14 - 02:38 pm
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Lewdness and Offensive??

Twenty five years ago,,,, they were!

Farmboy
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Farmboy 07/15/14 - 02:59 pm
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The Electric Cowboy

I know it was not a strip club. It was a Country and Western bar. They had mud wrestling there. I always wanted to see that.

Airman
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Airman 07/15/14 - 04:35 pm
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Hmmmm

, I play gold and slice the ball, have a lot of hookers, oh well....how in the name of Blue blazes does strip club help a golf course?
Well maybe since a lot of fellows drink a lot of beer they have a pipe to run from the boys room to the golf course retention pond.

Or better yet so much bull stuff goes on in the clubs that they haul it to the course for fertilizer

Airman
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Airman 07/15/14 - 04:47 pm
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The article states,

"they have a reputation of prostitution and lewdness and are offensive to public decency."
By whose standards, I find the way some people dress in Wal Mart lewd and offensive, should we close it?

If it goes on behind closed doors, the people that go in want this type of behavior and pay high prices for watered down drinks . As long as they are not projecting this behavior to the general public leave them alone.

Years ago I worked for a Limo and Shuttle service. The best jobs were taking people to these type clubs. We were paid $7.50 hourly plus tips. Most of these trips ran 4-5 hours start to finish. So say it's 5 hours. The driver makes $37.50, the company makes $165, my tips averaged $100 for a stint like this. I would actually drive for less than an hour and the rest of the time I could read and study, I was a student. Now figure how many companies do this and how many nights a week. If he is loosing 300 employees and 300 more for drivers, delivery people etc. No good economic sense

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 07/15/14 - 07:15 pm
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I think the main concern here

I think the main concern here is that the convention business along with connected businesses will suffer. Restaurants, hotels, golf courses--whatever guys do during conventions aside from attending meetings (time attending meetings is a small % of the total time).

specsta
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specsta 07/15/14 - 07:53 pm
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Don't They Have Better Things To Do???

From The Myrtle Beach Sun News - "In addition to closing the nightclubs, the solicitor’s office wants to seize all of the fixtures and removable property in the businesses so they can be sold to help pay the costs of enforcing the nuisance claims."

Cops and prosecutors are really funny people. They make claims that the nightclubs have “the general reputation for prostitution, lewdness, assignation” and are “offensive to public decency, morals, peace and health.”

Let's try living in the 21st century, shall we? What time period is this SC Solicitor living in? The 1900's?

That's just a smokescreen anyway. They want to forfeit the assets of those businesses. That's how these guys work - condemn something for how horrible it is (wink, wink) but it's not so horrible that we can't take these business owners' hard-earned money and assets and call it our own.

Wrong is wrong, no matter how you wrap it up in some "moral crusade". Leave those strip clubs alone. If someone doesn't like the debauchery inside, don't go in. Some folks feel the same about the greed, the demands for money, and the circus performances that some call "having church". But I don't see any prosecutors trying to shut down those spectacles.

curly123053
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curly123053 07/15/14 - 07:59 pm
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Shutter them all !!

Shut all the sin shacks down and watch tourism fly better....in Augusta too!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/16/14 - 06:30 am
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Keep them open

Stress relief for some....we can't all play golf--tennis--soccer.

Let a man do what a man has to do. :)

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/16/14 - 07:16 am
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Article needs to include

a video example or at least a photo gallery ☺

corgimom
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corgimom 07/16/14 - 07:27 am
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LL, the cop doesn't solicit

LL, the cop doesn't solicit the dancer.

It's the other way around.

And they don't go to a hotel, it's done in a "private room".

It's a brothel, call it what it is.

And that's illegal.

bigj706
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bigj706 07/16/14 - 08:10 am
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Thats right nocnoc we need

Thats right nocnoc we need visual lol.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/16/14 - 08:39 am
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Can We Help

What can we do to help them out?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/16/14 - 09:32 am
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@ River

I definitely think a road trip to these spots is in order to assure there is nothing sinister going on!

Pond Life
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Pond Life 07/16/14 - 11:57 am
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Corgi. Please explain to us
Unpublished

Corgi. Please explain to us how you know so much about how this is done. How do you know that your information is correct?

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