New strip club rules stopped, for now - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

New strip club rules stopped, for now

The parking lot at Showgirls on Lamar was packed Tuesday night hours before tougher strip club rules were set to take effect.

"Monday I got my permit," said bartender Tammy Cornell.

She was prepared.

"We come here, we work, we're college students, we're parents," said Cornell.

She's happy her livelihood will remain intact, at least for now.

"My kids know what I do, my mother knows what I do, and I'm not ashamed of it at all," said Cornell.

An order granted by federal judge Bernice Donald gives strip club owners some time to seek a longer delay while they fight new rules in court.  Those rules include a ban on beer sales, totally bare breasts, and lap dances.  They also require all strip club employees to carry a permit.

"They're taking what happened at Platinum Plus and judging everybody by Platinum," said Cornell.

"The crime in the clubs -- the drugs in the clubs," lists George Kuykendall with Citizens for Community Values.

It's one of the groups leading the charge against strip clubs.

"We've all read about what goes on in the clubs and I think it's time for it to stop," Kuykendall told us.

He believes the county's new ordinance will stick.

"I believe the writing is on the wall and this is just a stall tactic by the club owners," said Kuykendall.

He considers the judge's order is a minor set-back.

"It's not fair," said Cornell.

She hopes it turns into more than temporary relief.     

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