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Lawyer turns topless dancer to pay the bills
MSNBC (MSDNC) ^ | 9/13/2001 | Bob Sullivan

Posted on 09/13/2011 6:46:26 PM PDT by TSgt

When Carla graduated 10 years ago, she thought her law degree would be a permanent ticket to a high-paying job. But instead of selling her mind, Carla is selling her body. After student loans, debt, a layoff and unemployment battered her bank account, she now finds herself in an almost unbelievable position – dancing in a topless bar.

"Did I ever think I’d be taking my top off for rent money? No. I was in my mid-30s and had never danced before," said Carla, who asked that we use her stage name and withhold her identity and some personal details. "As a little girl, I never thought to myself, 'I just want to grow up and be a stripper,’ or, ‘All I ever wanted to do in life is climb in the lap of sweaty stranger and take my top off.'

"But, with our economy the way it is, especially in smaller cities ... you strip or you starve," she said.

Last month, as part of our coverage of America’s economic malaise, we chronicled the story of a young father who took a job as a firefighter in Iraq after he couldn’t find work in Miami. Then we asked msnbc.com readers: What crazy things are you doing to make ends meet? This is the second of three reader stories we’ll share. Last week, we wrote about a man who has turned to dumpster diving to keep food on the table for his three children. Now, we tell Carla's story.


Carla couldn't find work in the legal profession, so she's dancing in a topless bar now.

(Excerpt) Read more at redtape.msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; US: California
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On an average day, she earns $20 an hour, but on a good weekend night, she might pull in $50 an hour –enough to get her finances back on track. She can set her own hours, which means she can squeeze in reading and writing papers around her work schedule.

If only I could make $50 an hour taking my shirt off...
1 posted on 09/13/2011 6:46:30 PM PDT by TSgt
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Nice she could find work in the same general field.
2 posted on 09/13/2011 6:47:37 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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If only I could make $50 an hour taking my shirt off...

I do, after people ask me to put it back on.

3 posted on 09/13/2011 6:49:09 PM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: TSgt; GOPsterinMA

So we get to see her briefs every night?


4 posted on 09/13/2011 6:49:09 PM PDT by Perdogg (0bama got 0sama?? Really, was 0sama on the golf course?)
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topless huh ?

So she still works with legal briefs.


5 posted on 09/13/2011 6:50:26 PM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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I have no college at all, and I make $120 an hour without taking anything off.

She sounds like a f*ckin moron. Pardon my french. But I get all bent out of shape by this. She’s shown exactly who she is. She’s no lawyer. She’s a stripper. End Discussion.


6 posted on 09/13/2011 6:50:55 PM PDT by Celerity
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women strip for more than money.....they strip for the thrill of it.


7 posted on 09/13/2011 6:51:06 PM PDT by Perdogg (0bama got 0sama?? Really, was 0sama on the golf course?)
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Half naked lawyerasses!


8 posted on 09/13/2011 6:51:23 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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Can she sue her law school?


9 posted on 09/13/2011 6:51:23 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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$50/hour!!! Those broads make $100’s per hour. She must be a real loser! (If you touch me I’ll sue attitude.)


10 posted on 09/13/2011 6:51:47 PM PDT by TaMoDee (GO PACK GO to Super Bowl XLVI)
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At least she found honest work.


11 posted on 09/13/2011 6:51:47 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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Good for her. She is finally earning what she gets paid.


12 posted on 09/13/2011 6:53:42 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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I have no college at all, and I make $120 an hour without taking anything off.

Oh, yeah? You oughta ask those standing behind you.


13 posted on 09/13/2011 6:54:53 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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If only I could make $50 an hour taking my shirt off...

The joke around the office used to be that once you get man boobs, they never go away, no matter how much you diet or work out. My shirt's staying on!

14 posted on 09/13/2011 6:56:54 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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"But, with our economy the way it is, especially in smaller cities ... you strip or you starve,"

Like most lawyers, she's prone to exaggeration. There are still lots of jobs out there for people who want to work. Granted most are not great jobs and most don't pay very well. Now being a waitress doesn't pay $50/hr or even $20/hr in most places. So she's taken a job which will give her more income than what the average person still makes, at least at the $50 an hour rate. So I'll wager she's taking the easy way out.

BTW, I've got a lot more respect for the average topless dancer than the average lawyer.
15 posted on 09/13/2011 6:57:20 PM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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if you were making a $100 an hour cash, would you broadcast it?


16 posted on 09/13/2011 6:58:31 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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She reports $50 an hour. These women make 6 figures it’s all in cash. However, they usually have drug, alcohol and other problems. It’s very hard to be a stripper without developing some very serious issues.


17 posted on 09/13/2011 7:00:08 PM PDT by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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oh, come on, either way she going to be a wh-re.


18 posted on 09/13/2011 7:01:41 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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What does she do when she’s gyrating on some fat slob’s lap and an ambulance goes by?

Decisions, decisions.


19 posted on 09/13/2011 7:02:01 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik ("The trouble with internet quotations is that you don't know if they are true"-Abraham Lincoln.)
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Lawyer vs. Stripper....supply and demand


20 posted on 09/13/2011 7:02:13 PM PDT by bigbob
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