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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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To: TSgt
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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To: hinckley buzzard

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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To: hinckley buzzard

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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To: TSgt

Half naked lawyerasses!


8 posted on 09/13/2011 6:51:23 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: TSgt

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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To: TSgt

At least she found honest work.


11 posted on 09/13/2011 6:51:47 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: TSgt

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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To: Celerity
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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To: TaMoDee

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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To: TaMoDee

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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To: TSgt

Lawyer vs. Stripper....supply and demand


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

What do you do to make $120 an hour??


21 posted on 09/13/2011 7:02:13 PM PDT by shankbear (Al-Qaeda grew while Monica blew)
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To: TaMoDee

$50/hour!!! Those broads make $100’s per hour.


She’s smart enough to hedge about the cash income she’s not paying taxes on.


22 posted on 09/13/2011 7:02:23 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Are you better off now than you were four trillion dollars ago?)
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To: TSgt

Shoot, $50. an hour is chump change..My girlfriend makes anywhere from $1,200-$1,500 per night 5hr. shift. She only does it to keep me in the lifestyle I’ve become accustomed to.


23 posted on 09/13/2011 7:03:29 PM PDT by JamesA (You don't have to be big to stand tall)
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To: Williams

My hair stylist makes $50 an hour and works from 0600 through 1900. Mostly cash of course and he’s about to buy his 3rd investment property.

I might leave the corporate world and cut hair!

Oh’ and he’s as straight and conservative as they come!


24 posted on 09/13/2011 7:03:38 PM PDT by TSgt (When in the Course of human events...)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

They have breast reduction surgery for men too. :)


25 posted on 09/13/2011 7:03:50 PM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: TSgt

Isn’t there a rule about pictures around here? I want to know if she is guilty or not...


26 posted on 09/13/2011 7:04:45 PM PDT by ToxicMich
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To: shankbear
What do you do to make $120 an hour??

27 posted on 09/13/2011 7:06:47 PM PDT by TSgt (When in the Course of human events...)
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To: Celerity

In our circle, we have an entertainment attorney who practices in Beverly Hills. To avoid the trolls, let’s just say he is one of the most right-wing attorney’s who managed to keep his head down in ultra-blue Los Angeles. He charges $200/hr even in this Obama Depression.


28 posted on 09/13/2011 7:08:16 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: TSgt

Things like this are only supposed to happen to people when a Republican is president.


29 posted on 09/13/2011 7:08:26 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: TSgt

Must be nice to have versatile career options.


30 posted on 09/13/2011 7:09:01 PM PDT by GreatRoad (O < 0)
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To: ToxicMich

We need more evidence.

Welcome to FR.


31 posted on 09/13/2011 7:09:37 PM PDT by Springman (Rest In Peace YaYa123 and Bahbah.)
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To: paul51

She has a degree so she could become a teacher and do even less work for about the same money, PLUS retire at age 50!

All made possible by those schmucks in the private sector that must work until age 70 to pay for it.


32 posted on 09/13/2011 7:10:19 PM PDT by precisionshootist
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To: Springman; ToxicMich

Pictures at the link but only profile shots.


33 posted on 09/13/2011 7:12:05 PM PDT by TSgt (When in the Course of human events...)
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Thanks for the welcome! By the way, is that what is called “ bar hopping?”....


34 posted on 09/13/2011 7:13:41 PM PDT by ToxicMich
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Only $20-$50 an hour?
Sweetheart, go East, to Providence, RI!!!


35 posted on 09/13/2011 7:14:32 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Why?)
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To: TSgt

Man, that cartoon hits home.


36 posted on 09/13/2011 7:14:37 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator (The unemployment problem only can be solved when Obama is unemployed.)
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To: TSgt

“You strip or you starve.”

That’s what I always say!


37 posted on 09/13/2011 7:17:21 PM PDT by scott7278 ("...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked..." - BHO)
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I’d like to know what line of work her customers are in such that they can blow that kind of money on her ‘artistic performance.’


38 posted on 09/13/2011 7:18:23 PM PDT by posterchild
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“It’s very hard to be a stripper without developing some very serious issues.” Like becoming a lawyer?

the horror.


39 posted on 09/13/2011 7:18:50 PM PDT by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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TSgt

Talking about pictures. The last picture on your profile page is very touching. Never saw it before...

(Sorry for being OT)

40 posted on 09/13/2011 7:20:30 PM PDT by ToxicMich
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To: TSgt

Dear Abby,

I met and fell in love with a wonderful, beautiful, intelligent woman
named Carla. She has a law degree and was employed as a lawyer
with a top notch firm for 9 years. Some time ago she was laid off
due to the bad economy and she now makes her living working as a
topless pole dancer.

We plan on getting married soon so I am taking her home to meet
my family. As you might guess, I am apprehensive about explaining
her background to mom and dad. I want them to like and respect
her but don't know if honesty is the best policy in this situation.

My concern is this: Should I tell my parents that Carla is a lawyer?

Sincerely,

Confused


41 posted on 09/13/2011 7:21:41 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Muslims who advocate, support, or carry out Jihad give the other 1% a bad name)
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To: max americana
In our circle, we have an entertainment attorney who practices in Beverly Hills. To avoid the trolls, let’s just say he is one of the most right-wing attorney’s who managed to keep his head down in ultra-blue Los Angeles. He charges $200/hr even in this Obama Depression.

Our lawyer in Century City is $500/hr.

42 posted on 09/13/2011 7:23:30 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Williams

Some can make that.
Many find themselves locked into virtual slavery. If no one comes into the “gentlemen’s” club, they still have to tip out to the bar (in many, not all, places), they may have to agree to work a certain number of nights a week, and pay even more if they don’t come in.
It is possible, if one does the math, and is not actually prostituting on the side, to find that a nine to five would provide more benefits and more money on average, over time.

Then you run up bills for self medicating - drugs or alcohol - and all the other stupid taxes people who make poor choices have to pay, and it can leave little for the three children to eat on, especially as the view of men that they often develop does not tend to lead them into choosing good “baby daddies” who will actually provide for them.


43 posted on 09/13/2011 7:27:46 PM PDT by Apogee
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To: ToxicMich

While I'm not quite thinking guilty, I'm not thinking $50 an hour, either.


44 posted on 09/13/2011 7:29:20 PM PDT by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: shankbear

I.T., Support, design, implementation. Systems Analysis. Networking, training. Self-employed.

No one would hire me, so I started my own business. Tough for a while, now things are pretty good. Keep in mind, I rarely work 8 billable hours in a single day. More like 4 or so. Anywhere from “1 hour phone call” to “14 hours in a server-based emergency on friday night with weekend hourly billing being applied”. That was a good month.


45 posted on 09/13/2011 7:33:57 PM PDT by Celerity
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To: Iron Munro
Dear Abby,....

Comment Of The Day!

46 posted on 09/13/2011 7:35:43 PM PDT by bkopto (Obama is merely a symptom of a more profound, systemic disease in American body politic.)
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To: ToxicMich

Your welcome. Well at least she isn’t hopping in one of the many bars on 8 mile or Van Dyke.


47 posted on 09/13/2011 7:36:01 PM PDT by Springman (Rest In Peace YaYa123 and Bahbah.)
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To: TSgt
maybe she just sucks at being a lawyer...
48 posted on 09/13/2011 7:38:36 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Haaa!


49 posted on 09/13/2011 7:41:03 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Hurricane Irene is Obama's fault because he hates people in general. Fair's fair.)
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If true, its a sad story.


50 posted on 09/13/2011 7:41:03 PM PDT by ZULU (ANYBODY but Obama)
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