Monday, May 17, 2010
DEFCON 4 - The Crackdown Continues...
This is a special report from the Happyendingz newsroom. Another local Asian massage parlor (AMP) got raided last week. In the past I've said good riddance but now even I'm getting nervous. In the last 9 months 4 AMPs and one American parlor have been busted around here.
I just got off the phone with Audrey, and she's OK if we want to shut down for a few days. But it's my call. Usually when a place gets closed, we see a drop in business for a few days, then things pick up as we start to see their old customers. But that bump in business has been getting smaller and smaller over the past few months. So this last raid has really gotten our customers spooked.
After the last raid, we were at DEFCON 3 - No happy endings offered to new customers till after the 2nd visit. Sure, there was a lot of grumbling and "I'm not coming back here!" bullshit, but better safe than sorry. Besides, where else ya gonna go?
Now we are at DEFCON 4 - No happy endings offered to new customers. Period. Regulars only till further notice. Newbies can still get a nice therapeutic from a FULLY CLOTHED masseuse, but no extras or options.
Yes it's killing business, but we're nervous. I mean, some of us have local cop friends, but it's not like we can call them up and ask "Hey Officer Bill, you guys gonna raid us anytime soon?" What has happened in the past is we'll get a tip from one of our "sources" not to come to work tomorrow. Then we shut down for a day or 2, or just do therapeutics only. The cops file a report that nothing was observed, and that's the end of it.
This time it's different. I did some research and it looks like the recent crackdown is being fueled by some local church groups. They've been rallying the locals to annoy their town police to "do something about the problem."
I've mentioned before that the town views us as an "annoyance" business - nothing to be proud of, but we pay taxes and occupy unpopular retail space. We're basically in the same category as adult bookstores, and tattoo parlors. So it takes A LOT of complaints before the town decides to spend a bunch of money and time to investigate, raid, and prosecute 2 girls who were just unlucky enough to be on shift.
So all we can do now is weather the storm. They're rapidly running out of AMPs to target around here, so eventually they'll get to us - if they haven't already. With any luck, they've already checked us out and we passed for "legit." For all I know, one of my cop friends may have been on official business last time he was here!