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December 11, 2009

Strip club Lust fined, temporarily suspended

The liquor board fined and temporarily suspended Lust, a strip club on The Block, yesterday for numerous offenses.

Lust was fined $5,000 (a tidy sum, I might note), and suspended for 10 days, Feb. 1-11 next year, according to chairman Stephan Fogleman. Fogleman sent me an e-mail which broke down the violations. Lust was found guilty on all counts. Here they are ...

Violation of Adult Entertainment Rule 7

“No dancer may mingle with patrons while the dancer is nude” on September 12, 2009 (Re: Dancer with no underwear seated in the lap dance area with a patron) and on September 12, 2009 (Re: Another dancer with no underwear performing a lap dance for a patron seated at the bar);

Violation of Adult Entertainment Rule 3(a)

A dancer may not perform or otherwise appear nude unless the dancer; (1) is on a stage that is raised at least 18 inches above floor level; and 2)except as provided in subsection (b) of this rules, is at least 3 feet from the nearest patron on September 12, 2009 (Re: Dancer with no underwear performing a lap dance for a patron seated at the bar);

Violation of Adult Entertainment Rule 5(b)(2)

“No dancer may touch a patron’s (i) breast or chest; (ii) genitals or genital area’ or (iii) anus, anal area or buttocks” on September 12, 2009 (Re: Dancer rubbing up and down male patron’s body from his genital area to his midsection);

Violation of Adult Entertainment Rule 6

“An adult-entertainment business may not permit any of the following on the premises, whether by dancers, patrons, or otherwise ... (2)caressing, fondling, or touching the breast or chest, genitals or genital area, or anus, anal area, or buttocks of any other person, whether clothed or unclothed on September 12, 2009 (Re: Dancer rubbing against genital area and mid section of male patron);

Violation of Rule 4.18

“No licensee shall commit or allow the commission on his premises of any act which shall be contrary to any federal, state or local statute, law or ordinance or against the public peace, safety, health, welfare, quiet or morals” on September 12, 2009 (Re: Violation of Adult Entertainment Rules as adopted under the provisions of Baltimore City Code, Article 15 §1-3(a) and enforced under authority of Article 2B §12-203.1)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:37 PM | | Comments (14)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Sounds bad. I hope LiquorBoarding didn't have to spend too much time "investigating" the charges.

I bet this was a result of the Sessa birthday extravaganza

Some of these rules are totally strange to me, especially 4.18 which basically reads as "Violation of the rule that says not to break the rules."

furthermore, kudos to the owners for giving the strip joint such a direct name. It pretty much says it all. Unless of course it were called "SEX." Or "STRIPPERS."

Sturmy -- Shhhh!

Anyone who would allow a naked stripper they just met to rub their privates parts on their genitals (clothed or unclothed) is asking for the crabbies.

wow - they have soaps for that sort of thing.

great use of manpwer and money by the city of Balto. and the state of Md. , what a joke!!!!

how long did the liquor board member stay in the club .just enough to get a lap dance? Go back to letting people smoke in bars and clubs

Maybe they'll post evidence from the investigation on YouTube!

There goes the neighborhood.

hmm instead all that activity, they should invest in some gift cards, those who follow the rules of the establishment would recieve a gift card, for discount purchases of the gift card they can contact :the mayors office and ask for Steal-a

they should know, whatever you do in the dark, comes out in the light. Figuratively speaking.

Come on LiquorBoarding - aren't there bigger fish to fry in this city? I only find myself in strip clubs during the occassional bachelor party, but that's enough times to have seen everything that Lust was cited for. If sleezeballs want nastiness rubbed all over them, who cares. Better taking place in the shady clubs than in Patterson Park.

Some of these rules are totally strange to me

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