Wait...It's a Crime to Impersonate a Stripper?

September 8, 2011

Of all the jobs that seem pretty hard to impersonate, "stripper" seems to be somewhere near the top of the list. Okay, so some of the more ugly of us will have to go in on a Tuesday in the morning to pass ourselves off, but it's not like there's an official uniform.

No doubt this is what Natalie Behnke, a habitual offender in Florida, thought. Behnke, 25, decided to jump the line at the strip club, went in, got on stage, got naked, and started hitting up the men for donations. Then, well, things got ugly.

First of all, Behnke obviously wasn't an employee, and secondly, for some inexplicable reason, strippers need to be licensed in Florida. We're not really sure what the licensing process entails, although if there's a practical exam, we want the job. But if you don't have a license, you can't get naked for money.

So the club asked Behnke to leave, and she refused. So, in a world first, the club called the cops on a female patron. She was arrested and later released after paying a $450 fine, because apparently impersonating a stripper is only a misdemeanor in Florida.

But seriously, Florida, what are the licensing requirements?

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