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We make sure there is no criminal activity around us that can be attributed to us. We can prove that property values around our club are higher than other areas. I buy old houses in the neighborhood and fix them up. We don't look the other way and we don't rely on plausible deniability to say, "Oh, we didn't know about that." That's something government officials do. was passed to address, or any other problems the city can dream up that aren't the proper considerations for zoning ordinances. The second is that the property in question will not contribute to the problems any more than any other business allowed to operate in the applicable zone. And here is why they usually pass zoning ordinances: they say that you cause crime, thus downgrading the adjoining property values and attracting undesirable individuals. If all of these things can be proven not to be applicable to your club because you don't cause those problems, they cannot say [your club is in violation of the ordinance]. For example, what we do at Mons Venus is, we see to it that we don't make any noise. There are clubs around me that blare out at night; they blare out to the neighborhood. We make sure we don't do that. You can't hear any noise from my club outside. We make sure there is no litter in the neighborhood. We actually go into the neighborhood and clean up the litter whether it's ours or not. I don't say, "Well, that's not my litter, I'm not going to clean it up," I clean it up. We make sure there is no criminal activity around us that can be attributed to us. We can prove that property val- ues around our club are higher than other areas. I buy old houses in the neighborhood and fix them up. We did exit and entrance polls to show our customers were better financially off than the average person and we did it anonymously. We don't allow drugs (or criminal activity). We don't look the other way and we don't rely on plausible deniability to say, "Oh, we didn't know about that." That's something government officials do. They use plausible deniability, people who run for office. We can't do that. We also send girls with drug problems, if we have any, which we don't hardly have any anymore, to counselling, which is a big factor. I've always tried to plan for every event. In the early days it was unions. Now it's withholding taxes and insurance. Years ago I won in tax court on appeal and the reason was, I run my club differently, in terms of how I treat my danc- ers. I don't take any of their money. They can work seven days a week or one day a week. They can come in at any time of the day. And that's an advantage because we have fresh girls coming in all the time so customers are never really bored. And I don't take any of their money. So the argument is in the industry that they are independent con- tractors instead of employees. That's not our defense that we used in the tax court. www.ExoticDancer.com We went in there and said, "Don't presume," because they presumed I was going to use the independent con- tractor defense. And when I went in there and said, "Don't presume that. I never told you that my dancers were independent contractors. I told you and I am telling you now, they are self employed and you already admitted they are self employed. You audited two of my dancers already and you have taxed them. So what are we doing here? You have already made the determination that they are self employed. Doctors are self employed if they have their own office. Dentists are self employed if they have their own office." So I don't have that problem with the IRS. They actually assisted me with $2 million in withholding taxes and they dismissed it. I'd also like to talk about the way we beat the six-foot (distance requirement law between dancer and patron) in Tampa. We initially tried to beat the six-foot law in the courts, but we could not win. The deck is stacked on you in the court system. So what we did was we provoked the city and they quit even bothering anybody else and they kept making arrests for the six-foot law, and I think there were 100 or 135 cases against my club. And I wouldn't go for a plea bargain. We have a speedy trial law in Florida—90 days for a misdemeanor, I believe—and they have to try it within 90 days or it is dismissed. Well, we invoked speedy trial law. They came with a deal. I said "No deal, we try them all. We are going to try every god damned one of these cases." They couldn't do it—it's impossible. They had to let drunk drivers go because we were invoking speedy trial, and the court systems were overloaded. That was 12 years ago. They just stopped arresting people (for the six-foot buffer) because they couldn't get ahead of it. So here is what we settled for (we did eventually settle). The dancers pled no contest. They withheld adjudication, no fines, no court costs, no probation. So it was just a walk in the park. I did make a mistake that I really didn't see back then. The dancers, some of them, were labelled by school officials as (sexual offenders), so they didn't get to go on outing with their children and school outings and things like that. So that is one thing I didn't have the foresight to see or I would have never let that happen. Now I want to talk about something else. I'm going to talk about the election that is coming up. You know we have Romney running for office and he says he wants to put judges on the U.S. Supreme Court like Scalia. Club Bulletin November 2012 35

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