Man suing strip club over $50,000 bill
CLEARWATER, Fla., July 8 (UPI) -- A Florida man is suing a gentleman's club he says charged him $50,000 for a night he spent about $600.
The lawsuit stems from a night in March when Lokesh Simon James went to the Bliss Cabaret in Clearwater, The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune reported.
James said he was at the gentleman's club for about three hours and left thinking he spent about $600 on dances, tips and drinks. But when he looked at his credit card account a few days later he found he was charged $50,000 for the evening.
Now, James has filed a lawsuit against the gentleman's club and a former Bliss Cabaret bartender, Doug Berube, and is seeking to 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. "How many dances would it take before you run up $50,000 at $20 a dance?''
Sockol said his client is in "shock."
Bliss Cabaret officials declined comment.
Lawsuit filed over dancing arrest in NYC
NEW YORK, July 8 (UPI) -- A New York dentist and her boyfriend say they have sued the city on the grounds they were wrongly arrested for dancing on a subway platform.
Dr. Caroline Stern, 55, and George Hess, claimed they were handcuffed and locked up for 23 hours after a late-night confrontation with police a year ago that began when they started dancing to steel drum music while waiting for their train.
"We were doing the Charleston," Stern told the New York Post.
Stern said she and Hess were approached by two police officers on the nearly empty Columbus Circle platform. The officers told the couple they weren't allowed to carry on in such fashion in a subway station, they said.
Things went from bad to worse when Stern was unable to produce an identification card and Hess decided to record the incident on video, the Post reported. "We brought out the camera, and that's when they called backup," she said. "That's when eight ninja cops came from out of nowhere."
Stern and Hess were charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest; however, the charges were later dropped. The couple then went to federal court and filed suit seeking unspecified damages.
"If you are surrounded by good musicians, it is going to make you want to dance," Stern said. "The musician who is playing is legal, but ... we're illegal?"
Mistake leaves man 'father' of extra baby
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, July 8 (UPI) -- A new father says he was surprised to find out he was listed as the father of two children after a mistake was made at the Swedish Social Insurance Agency.
"I had one child extra registered as mine. This seems very mysterious, I thought," said Tobias Wallin.
Wallin notified the Social Insurance Agency of its mistake, but nothing happened, the Swedish news agency TT reported Saturday.
Wallin said he was pushed from one administrator to the next.
"None of them had any clue about what was in their data," he said.
Then, Wallin said he received a letter from the agency saying he had applied for paternity pay for someone else's child.
"I reported the agency to the Data Inspection Board, because they have problems handling sensitive information," he said.
The Data Inspection Board quickly found that an administrator within the Social Insurance Agency accidentally had written Tobias Wallin's personal identity number instead of the real father's.
The mistake has now been righted and Wallin is only registered as the father of his own daughter.
"It's been a strange situation," he concluded.
Teen eats hallucinogenic, shoots himself
DELAND, Fla., July 7 (UPI) -- A Florida teenager says he shot himself in the forehead in an attempt to "wake up from the bad nightmare" after he ate hallucinogenic mushrooms.
The 17-year-old DeLand boy, whose name was not reported, took the drugs with friends Tuesday, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
When his friends left him, he fell asleep, only to wake up a short time later thinking he was in a dream.
The teen told deputies he felt like he was in a nightmare and could not escape his house. He said he then went into his parents' bedroom, found their .22-caliber rifle and shot himself in the forehead.
"I just wanted to wake up from the bad nightmare," he said.
Still feeling stuck in the dream, he attempted to clean up the blood spatter and bandage his head. He then went outside and found someone to drive him to a hospital.
The teen told deputies and emergency room staff he was not trying to kill himself.
"I'm happy and I love my life," he said.
Volusia deputies said the teen will not face criminal charges.
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