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Man sues strip club over $50,000 credit card bill
The Tampa Tribune ^ | July 7, 2012 | JOSÉ PATIÑO GIRONA

Posted on 07/08/2012 6:46:50 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement

TAMPA -- A man enters a Clearwater strip club. He leaves three hours later thinking he's spent $600.

A few days later he checks his credit card account and learns he was charged $50,000.

There's no punchline or joke.

That's what Lokesh Simon James said happened to him after a March night spent at the Bliss Cabaret, 3860 Ulmerton Road.

(Excerpt) Read more at 2.tbo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: bankofamerica; creditcard; stripclub; strippers
Somehow, the comments took a political turn. How pathetic that some maintain an anti-Obama is racist. I guess Carter, Kennedy(s), Clinton(s), etc. are all black, too? Lib dems are woefully naive.
1 posted on 07/08/2012 6:47:03 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

I drive by Bliss Cabaret every day on the way to and from work. Why anyone would go in there is beyond me. There are much higher class establishments within minutes of Bliss that would likely not be filled with meth-addicted credit card scammers.


2 posted on 07/08/2012 6:51:06 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Bank of America ... [said] that because he was at the club, the charges couldn't be reported as fraudulent.

Well well well. B of A again. Who would have thunk?

I go into safeways to buy a lb of hamburger and get a $50,000 credit card bill, and it is not fraudulent because I was actually at Safeways.

In order for a charge to be legitimate, under federal law, and under merchant account rules, the merchant has to prove that I actually authorized those charges. Where is the slip with his signature for $50,000 worth of services?

3 posted on 07/08/2012 6:54:46 AM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: AndyJackson

I won’t do business with B of A ever. I certainly would not buy their stock no matter how cheap.


4 posted on 07/08/2012 6:58:22 AM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: ConservativeStatement

Gee, using a credit card at a sleazy strip club. What could possibly go wrong?


5 posted on 07/08/2012 7:01:03 AM PDT by shelterguy
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To: shelterguy

Clip Joint 101. You go there you get screwed.


6 posted on 07/08/2012 7:18:58 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: ConservativeStatement

How many lap dances does $50,000 buy?


7 posted on 07/08/2012 7:20:25 AM PDT by scram2
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To: shelterguy

Let’s not ever forget that after the taxpayers bailed BofA they outsourced 30-40,00 billing and office jobs to The Philippines.

I canceled all accounts.

Oh they also had a real snotty attitude.


8 posted on 07/08/2012 7:25:32 AM PDT by glyptol
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To: ConservativeStatement

First off, anyone who uses a credit/debit card in a strip joint is nuts and deserves whatever they get.

Second off, anyone who banks with Bank of America is nuts and deserves whatever they get.


9 posted on 07/08/2012 7:27:08 AM PDT by upchuck (FACEBOOK... Share pointless stuff with friends you don't know. Beg for intrusion into your life.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I just went to thier web site. Saturdays is “couples night”. Certainly if you take your wife you’ll likely spend less money!


10 posted on 07/08/2012 7:30:02 AM PDT by albie
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To: scram2

My calculator tells me that 2500 lap dances @20.00 each would come out to 50,000.00.

That would come out to just under 14 lap dances per minute for the 3 hours he says he was there.


11 posted on 07/08/2012 7:31:14 AM PDT by I am bigjohn
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To: ConservativeStatement

Either the guy signed a blank ticket and the club filled in the amount afterwards or he was tanked and scammed into “buying” what the club termed as “unlimited 24 hour VIP Membership” without understanding what the cost was. Sucker.


12 posted on 07/08/2012 7:33:01 AM PDT by festusbanjo (Nov 2012 is a battle between those who love freedom and those who love free stuff.)
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To: upchuck
First off, anyone who uses a credit/debit card in a strip joint is nuts and deserves whatever they get. Second off, anyone who banks with Bank of America is nuts and deserves whatever they get.

Two great points. I also wonder why someone with a > $50K limit wouldn't have more sense in protecting his interests.

13 posted on 07/08/2012 7:34:48 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: AndyJackson

“Where is the slip with his signature for $50,000 worth of services?”

He probably got drunk and distracted and signed something he shouldn’t have. I got double charged on a credit card in a bar. When they take your card they can do all sorts of things. I got the charge removed and didn’t pay it.

I have never used my own credit card in a strip club. I never went to one by myself. I used to have people take me to them all the time. Bring cash or better yet have someone else pay. And don’t let them valet park your car and hold onto the keys.


14 posted on 07/08/2012 7:36:59 AM PDT by detective
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To: rarestia

Dumb,horny man+Gold Card= Massive debt.
Yep...I fell for that one..but not that bad and paid it off with a lesson learned....


15 posted on 07/08/2012 7:43:59 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: albie

Taking your wife to a tiddybar would make sense like flashing your credit card there.


16 posted on 07/08/2012 7:54:07 AM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: X-spurt

My husband got scammed about a month ago at a strip club in Spain. He had to explain to me why $7000 was gone from our bank account. The charges are being disputed, but not only did he lose money, he lost his wife. Prostitution is legal in Spain and I can only imagine what happened that night. As a Christian, he put 18 years of marriage in the toilet. He’s a pilot and gone extensively, so fat chance I’d ever be able to trust him again. Actions are not without consequences.

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
Matt. 5:28
but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.


17 posted on 07/08/2012 8:15:54 AM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

“Hey, you made a mistake on my bill! It shouldn’t have been a cent more than $48,579.23.”


18 posted on 07/08/2012 8:17:53 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: pops88

I should have added this one, too:

King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Proverbs 6:32
But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.


19 posted on 07/08/2012 8:20:03 AM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: glyptol

I cancelled a Chase account and they were snotty, too.


20 posted on 07/08/2012 8:48:07 AM PDT by Terry Mross ( To all my kin: Do not attempt to contact me as long as you love obama.)
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To: rarestia

“There are much higher class establishments within minutes of Bliss that would likely not be filled with meth-addicted credit card scammers”

Birds of a feather flock together. I wonder what kind of an upstanding citizen this person could be?


21 posted on 07/08/2012 9:02:28 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: pops88

If your husband is a wonderful, loving man who loves you and treats you well, why throw out the baby with the bath water? Will you really sacrifice your marriage over the first mistake? If he loves you and treats you well try counseling first. Remember, the Bible is about forgiveness too. If he doesn’t love you and your marriage has other problems the strip club excuse is as good as any to kick him to the curb.


22 posted on 07/08/2012 9:26:14 AM PDT by wontbackdown
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To: ConservativeStatement

I suppose my libido was never that strong. Age can account for it now but never in my life did I have any interest in going to a strip club or anything like it.


23 posted on 07/08/2012 9:32:29 AM PDT by OldPossum ( "it's" is the contraction of either "it is" or "it has"; "its" is the possessive pronoun)
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To: wontbackdown

“Will you really sacrifice your marriage over the first mistake?”

I’m not naive enough to think it’s the first mistake. I’m a pilot and have heard plenty of stories. This was just my wake-up call with him getting caught. He’s wanted to have his cake and eat it, too. Marriage counseling is out when he works overseas and gets 30 days off a year. I won’t divorce him. I took my vows seriously, but he’s not coming home and giving me an STD or HIV.


24 posted on 07/08/2012 9:38:37 AM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: pops88
Marriage counseling is out when he works overseas and gets 30 days off a year. I won’t divorce him. I took my vows seriously, but he’s not coming home and giving me an STD or HIV.

We spoke about this before..there are many great guys out there who will cherish and love you and won't purposely ask for a overseas assignment and see you 30 days out of the year...they will look forward to coming home and seeing you every day.

Life is way to short Pops88 to put up with this...but it's your life. I hope you are not full of regret down the road for not doing anything now. This is what turns me off to organized religion...you thinking you need to stick this out for God when you, more than anyone, really deserve better.

25 posted on 07/08/2012 9:48:25 AM PDT by trailhkr1 (That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence - Christopher Hitchen)
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26 posted on 07/08/2012 9:57:17 AM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: pops88

Sounds like someone was trying to get caught.


27 posted on 07/08/2012 10:17:59 AM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: trailhkr1

I’m 53. This was my second marriage. I divorced an abusive husband. I got horribly screwed when I divorced. I lost everything, including my 2 very young children, that I was repeatedly kept from seeing. Some men actually do abuse their kids and it isn’t a false accusation. I refuse to take the chance of divorce again. I’ve lived the majority of my marriage as a single parent. I don’t want another man in my life. I’d rather have my dog as a companion. If my husband wants to cheat, not try to reconcile, while still married, then it’s his conscience.

So for all the guys that think that going to strip clubs and porn is ok- stop for a minute and think about your wives or girlfriends. To quote Joni Mitchell, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.”


28 posted on 07/08/2012 10:20:04 AM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: X-spurt

“Sounds like someone was trying to get caught.”

Like an animal gnawing it’s paw out of a trap.


29 posted on 07/08/2012 10:21:36 AM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: wontbackdown
Will you really sacrifice your marriage over the first mistake?

Mistake? Forgetting to carry the one while adding two numbers, now that's a mistake? To do what he did was just wrong.

30 posted on 07/08/2012 10:26:36 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: ConservativeStatement

$50,000 — that must have been one fine lapdance.


31 posted on 07/08/2012 10:53:51 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: pops88

I didn’t want to go that far, seein I don’t know you.


32 posted on 07/08/2012 11:02:21 AM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: pops88
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Proverbs 6:32
But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.


Not to mention destroyeths his credit rating and potential future earnings as well.
33 posted on 07/08/2012 11:08:08 AM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: AndyJackson

The problem is a lot of strip clubs and even bars favor the tab, there’s actually a good chance he signed off on this without paying attention. Which is where the bank’s problem comes in, they deal with these places, they know how it works, guy started a tab, signed off on a bunch of stuff, then comes the bill and the buyer’s remorse, so he claims it was only 600 bucks, but there’s a signed slip somewhere saying otherwise. He admits he was there, it’s not an itemized receipt like at Safeway, there’s no list saying how many dances, so he’s on the hook.


34 posted on 07/08/2012 11:13:22 AM PDT by discostu (Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.)
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