Spearmint Rhino have settled out of court with a man who took legal action against the club after spending £7,500 in a Bournemouth branch of the strip club chain.
Gil David racked up the bill, which included some £2,000 worth of tips to staff, during a 12-hour stag do drinking binge in which he reportedly imbibed around 30 beers, vodkas and Jägermeisters.
Mr David, from Portstewart, Northern Ireland, is claimed to have cavorted with two strippers at a time for much of the night, with much of his expenditure billed to a credit card.
But despite seeming only too happy to enjoy the facilities on offer at Spearmint Rhino, he decided to launch legal action after claiming he was not “in control” of his “faculties” and didn’t realise what he was doing or spending.
“I was coerced into spending what turned out to be a third of my salary in five hours,” he told a Central London County Court, in quotes reported by the Daily Star.
“I was coerced into spending what turned out to be a third of my salary in five hours”
“There is no way, had I had all my faculties, that I would have spent anywhere near that kind of money.”
Mr David reportedly stayed in the club until around 5am, even taking advantage of the VIP room service on offer.
The strip club visit came at the end of a busy day of boozing in which Mr David and the stag do crowd he was with, visited several local bars as well as a nearby branch of walkabout.
Having returned to their Travelodge accommodation in the early hours of the morning, it wasn’t until the next day that he realised exactly how much had been spent – which probably made it the worst hangover ever.
But with the court failing to find a conclusive winner in the case, Spearmint Rhino offered to settle out of court in a move that could have far reaching effects for stag dos the world over.
With plenty of men guilty of overspending at strip clubs up and down the country on a weekly basis, this decision could set an interesting precedent for future legal action.
That is, provided the plaintiff doesn’t mind being made a bit of a laughing stock in court.
Always drink responsibly. Especially on stag dos and especially in strip clubs.