Lap dancers at a Bristol club have been giving customers more fun than the miserable council allowed.
One performer has been suspended and two have been reprimanded by bosses for kissing and other physical contact.
Magistrates fined the venue around £16,500 for five licensing breaches. Temptations' manager Valerie Hoare was also ordered to pay £1,550 for two breaches.
Bristol Magistrates Court heard how CCTV from Temptations examined after an unannounced visit from licensing staff in January showed three dancers getting closer than the council allowed in the private booths .
Bristol's Sexual Entertainment Venue licence states that customers and performers are not allowed to touch each other during a performance. But the prosecution said: The footage from all three cameras showed extensive and repeated contact
between customers and performers. The court heard this included one stripper holding a customer's face and giving him a kiss while he had his hands on her buttocks. Other footage showed a dancer sitting on a customer's lap, while in another
booth a performer touched a man's leg with hers.
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A handful of Bristol miserablists have raised a petition calling for the closure of Bristol's two table dancing clubs and its only lap dancing club at Temptations.
The petitioners are recommending:
Central Chambers 9 St Stephen's St, Bristol BS1 1EE
9 objections from the public were received about the renewal of a licence of Central Chambers. It has been reported that this was renewed yesterday (16th Sept) with some fairly colourful language apparently used by a campaigner to describe the
head of the three-strong licensing committee.
Feminist campaigner Bristol_Jane was live tweeting yesterday's hearing at City Hall, during which she called Conservative group leader Peter Abraham a sexist, misogynistic fuckface . The offending tweet has now been removed.
A strip club has been banned from using images of women dressed up as schoolgirls after
miserable claims that the images somehow sexualise children .
Urban Tiger, a strip club in Bristol, promoted their St Trinian's style evening by using dancers dressed in white shirts, short tartan skirts and high boots intended to look like school uniforms.
Another similar image was posted to the club's Facebook page, asking punters: Like women in school uniform? Come along tonight.
Roz Hardie of the moralist campaign group Object whinged:
If you've got the sexualisation of children through adverts it does help to create the context where schoolchildren are being seen as sexual objects.
Urban Tiger's licence has now been altered to state:
Relevant entertainment shall not include any word, action or imagery that endorses or depicts, or might reasonably be taken as endorsing or depicting, or be promoted as including, any conduct which, if taking place in reality, would amount to a criminal
Killjoy Sally Lewis, from the Independent Chair of Bristol Children's safeguarding Board, said this is an issue that may never have been thought about before , and that they want to raise awareness . She spewed:
We aren't trying to be killjoys or ruin anyone's fun. I don't think films like St Trinian's should be banned or anything. We have to look at this in context, she added.
I can't think why any right-minded person would think this was appropriate.