Today’s Dumbass: Man Forced To Pay $28,000 Strip Club Tab

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We’ve all had nights that wound up costing more than we realized at the time. Cover fees, drinks, buffalo wings and mozzarella sticks (even though we just had dinner an hour ago), a taxi to take our financially irresponsible asses home… hey, expenses add up fast. For one New York gentleman, a night of fun will cost months’ worth of economic pain.

Last year, William Ilg paid a visit to Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club, a “10,000 square-foot playground of decadent adult entertainment.” Emphasis on paid: he somehow racked up a $28,109.60 credit card bill. (And you thought you overdid it last weekend…) When Ilg woke up and discovered how much he owed, he did what any American would: sued the club for getting him so drunk that he was “no longer capable of conducting financial transactions.”

However, a judge has ruled that the club is not required “to protect plaintiff from the results of his (voluntary) intoxication.” Gonna be a real awkward conversation with his loan officer.

A former manager for the Penthouse Executive Club told HuffPo, “If this guy came in and had a private room with a few private entertainers, it would be very easy to run up a bar tab like that” at a thousand bucks per hour and another thousand per bottle of champagne.

We here at Guy Code respect the judge’s decision. Sure, these prices are exorbitant–even unconscionable–but nobody forced Ilg to enjoy a bunch of lap dances from beautiful women. If you don’t want to live with the consequences of your drunken actions, then don’t drink. Harsh? Maybe… but that’s the naked truth.

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