06/04/2004: "Scores", New York's premiere "gentleman's club", is back in the news...
with the sad tale of one Tauhidul Chaudhury, who is suing the club and its ownership for bilking him out of $129,626 (basically, quickly scoping the petition it appears that Chaudhury is seeking relief on three theories. Two are equitable in nature ("undue advantage" and "unjust enrichment") and the other is based in the common law (conversion)). Apparently, Chaudhury came to the club with a few buddies, got completely plastered, and left seven hours later having managed to run up the six-figure bar tab on several credit cards.
In case you're interested, I already did the math. Basically, Chaudhury apparently burned through his credit line at a rate of $18,518 per hour. Or if you're not sufficiently impressed by that, try $308.63 per minute. Or $5.14 per second.
Has someone contacted the Guinness Book folks? That surely has to at least be a contender for the world's land speed record for spending money. At least by an individual; maybe there are a few corporations or governments that have done better.
But I'm impressed.
UPDATE: It gets better. According to the Associated Press, Chaudury is the husband of a consular official attached to the Bangladesh mission to the United Nations.
And if you weren't impressed enough by the burn rate I calculated above, consider this: Chaudury's tab was enough, according to the AP report, to get 6,500 5 minute lap dances at the club, without tip. It's highly doubtful that Chaudury was blowing all that money on lap dances though. Unless he's a big tipper, my calculation is that it'd take you 541 2/3 hours to get in that many lap dances. That's a little more than 22 1/2 straight days of lap dancing, if you don't take any breaks.
I'm even more impressed now.
Len on 06.04.04 @ 08:50 AM CST