Man sues strip joint Hustler Club over $28k bar tab
A Manhattan man is suing The Hustler Club, saying bigger isn't always better — at least when it comes to the bill.
W.A. Ilg alleges in a lawsuit that Larry Flynt's jiggle joint saddled him with a nearly $30,000 tab after a night of heavy drinking, a bill that the man insists there's no way he could have racked up.
The club "wrongfully served plaintiff excess alcoholic beverages such that plaintiff was no longer capable of conducting financial transactions," says the suit, which was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
The suit said the Hustler Club wrongfully charged $28,109.60 to his credit card, “a sum far in excess of any reasonable costs for said alcoholic beverages."
Ilg demanded his money back but the club rebuffed him, according to the suit, so he's seeking the entire sum plus legal fees and unspecified punitive damages.
A spokesman for the Hell's Kitchen club declined to comment, and Ilg's attorney, Paul Kerson, didn't return calls for comment.
This is the second suit the West 51st Street pole-dance paradise has been slammed with in a year. A Delaware man, Gerard Wall, said the club ripped him off last year to the tune of $21,000. That suit is pending.
Indeed, wealthy patrons getting stuck with inflated bills at Manhattan's strip clubs is as common as clear heels on the stage.
A diplomat's husband, Tauhidul Chaudhury, sued Scores in 2004 after he got a whopping $129,626 bill following a night in which he "could not comprehend his surroundings," the suit alleges.
But the granddaddy of them all came in 2003, when Missouri man Robert McCormick allegedly dropped $241,000 one wild night at the joint — on his company's dime.
He argued that he only spent around $20,000, but still got the ax, and the parties — including American Express — settled for an unspecified amount.
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