Man sues strip club over $50,000 credit card bill
TAMPA - 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. There's no punchline or joke. 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. Bliss Cabaret officials declined comment. 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. Sockol said his client is in "shock." "Do the math,'' Sockol said. "It's impossible to spend $50,000."
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