Best Expensive Obsession

Hillsborough County's Anti-Nudity Crusade

Well, if you gotta have an expensive monkey on the your back, it might as well be sex. (Beats drugs and rock ’n’ roll.) For the Hillsborough County Commission, that means spending lots of your tax dollars trying to crack down on the sex trade outside of Tampa’s city limits. They hired a lawyer out of Tennessee who specializes in getting paid by uptight governments, and that lawyer then hired a cadre of private dicks who spent some time hanging out in adult bookstores, peep shows and strip clubs. The price tag for the mouthpiece and the dicks alone: $29,030. So far. Just so one of the brother shamuses could report, “I entered the peep show area and smelled the odor of semen.” It smelled like … victory.

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