Sensing an opportunity is literally coming to their doorstep, strip clubs in Tampa are gearing up for the Republican National Convention by hiring more dancers, bringing in Sarah Palin look-a-likes and making their facilities more private.
Tampa and the surrounding area is known for having a high number of strip clubs, though other cities like Miami, New Orleans and, of course, Las Vegas also have their fair share. And as it turns out, the GOP convention is known for bringing a crowd that wants to visit them. According to The New York Times, club owners in Tampa spoke with those in other cities that have hosted the event and learned that GOP conventioneers are big spenders, shelling out an average $150 versus $50 for Democrats.
“…[R]evenue pours in during conventions, sometimes quadrupling earnings from a Super Bowl week,” the paper reports.
So ladies, if you know a man who’ll be going to a political convention this year or in the future, you know what’s up.
The newspaper also tosses in this interesting story from a dancer named Jazmin, who’s 19 years old.
Given the opportunity to stand up before a politician, she will do her job, naturally, but also share her own tale of financial struggle, as many voters here would do.
Laid off from a job in the Medicaid billing industry, she scraped by as a cashier at a grocery store. The paycheck scarcely covered her car payments, she said. Then a friend of a friend told her about the strip club, and now there she is, saving her money (the most she’s ever made) for nursing school.