TORONTO, March 27 (UPI) -- Eyebrows were raised among Toronto's city council when three members accepted an invitation to have lunch at a strip club.
The Adult Entertainment Association of Canada offered free transportation and lunch to council members from the west end, where the majority of the city's 21 strip clubs are located, the Toronto Star reported.
Tim Lambrinos, executive director of the association, told the newspaper councilors could "better understand issues" involving strip clubs if they went to one. He said the invitation was no different than if councilors were invited to a sewage treatment plant or a factory.
Councilors Frank Di Giorgio, Giorgio Mammoliti and Cesar Palacio broke from a community meeting for the lunch, which lasted about 30 minutes close to the stage where naked dancers were performing. The trio paid for their own expenses, the Star said.
Di Giorgio told a reporter they weren't watching the girls.
"I think we made constructive use of our lunchtime," he said. "We basically came over to see what the facility was like -- what kind of facilities they have for the girls that work in there, whether everything was clean, whether they had space to store their materials.
"And everything was OK in my estimation," he said.