Tampa Bay- 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. That’s what Lokesh Simon James said happened to him after a March night spent at the Bliss Cabaret, 3860 Ulmerton Road. James, 32, has filed a lawsuit in Pinellas County Circuit Court against the gentleman’s club and a former Bliss Cabaret bartender, Doug Berube. His suit demands that he be repaid the money he says he was overcharged, plus interest, attorney fees and court costs. “There’s no way to spend that kind of money,” said James’ attorney, David Sockol of St. Petersburg. “How many dances would it take before you run up $50,000 at $20 a dance?” James went alone to the strip club at about 9:45 p.m. on a Wednesday, Sockol said. He said James doesn’t deny he spent around $600 in dances, tips and drinks. James, of Pinellas Park, contacted Bank of America to report the charges, Sockol said. He was told that because he was at the club, the charges couldn’t be reported as fraudulent, the attorney said. “Do the math,” Sockol said. “It’s impossible to spend $50,000.”
This is the most cut and dry case in the history of the legal system, and I’m not talking about the “You couldn’t spend $50,000 in one night” logic, because that is absolute bullshit. I don’t care if the club charges $1 per dance, once naked women and bottle service enter the equation, literally anything is possible. What I’m talking about is the fact that this guy admitted to spending $600 in three hours on a Wednesday in March all by himself at a strip club. That’s the definition of shameless. If he had spent $50,000 you can guarantee he we would have heard all about it. This is the behavior of a man with with little to no dignity left and nothing left to lose except the $49,400 that he just lost to a shitty strip club in Florida. The worst part of this entire story is that he decides to be honest and gets repaid by having Bank of America tell him $600 and $50,000 are basically the same thing because that’s how Bank of America does math. Shit, I know people who have reported their card stolen after a night out because they didn’t like how long the bartender took and this guy can’t catch a break for actually admitting he was there. Keep fighting the good fight.