Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Shepherd's Confusion

Leave lap dancing to the pros

Posted by Letters to the Editor July 28, 2008 5:21PM

Re: "State senator arrested in battery, theft, " Page 1, July 28. I read with dismay the report in Monday's paper of the arrest of a member of the Louisiana Senate, but it was the circumstances of the arrest, as reported by one of the arresting officers, that really caught my eye.

Police said two women were in Sen. Derrick Shepherd's residence, and at the time of the arrest one of them was performing a lap dance for the recumbent incumbent. When I linked that fact with the $100 bill allegedly missing from his ex-girlfriend's pocketbook the story started to come together.

Clearly, the senator doesn't understand that most of the cabarets on Bourbon Street take credit cards. No need to raid someone else's cookie jar for the odd dollar bill to pay for an amateur dance when you can slap down the plastic and high roll to your heart's content.

This lamentable ignorance may be unique to Louisiana, because this past week New Orleans hosted the National Conference of State Legislatures, and I'm pleased to report that our sales numbers indicate that other states' legislators and their staffs are better informed.

Robert Watters
Rick's Cabaret
New Orleans

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