Strippers pole-dancing in the back of a glass-walled truck — recently deployed by Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club in North Beach — have enticed potential clients on Friday nights around the Financial District. But at other times, the roving advertisement was parked in the more family-oriented Richmond district.
Supervisor Eric Mar, whose district includes the Richmond, wants it gone — and right now. Late Tuesday, he may have gotten his wish.
Mar said the strip club’s managers agreed to send the truck back to its Las Vegas home, but not before he launched a full-scale investigation into local codes and other legislative methods to keep it out.
An employee of the club apparently lives near where the truck had been spotted at 37th Avenue and Balboa Street, a location from which the truck can be seen “for a mile,” according to Mar.
“Many people are really outraged that it has been there,” Mar said. “There’s a strong sentiment that it doesn’t belong in a neighborhood like ours.”
The truck comes complete with a pole and colored lights inside the cage for mobile strippers to simulate what goes on in the club.
Mar said he had the truck towed last month because it had expired Nevada license plates, but that did not deter its presence.
“We thought that might take care of it, but it reappeared,” he said.
The supervisor said the images surrounding the glass frame are enough to warrant concern. And while he conceded that he hasn’t personally seen dancers in the back of the truck within the Richmond District, constituents emailed him after spotting some motoring down Van Ness Avenue.
Mar said local codes prevent roving advertising signs in residential areas, and that he was in contact with San Francisco police Tuesday to monitor the situation.
“They’re going to work on keeping it off the street,” Mar said. “If it doesn’t work and Larry Flynt and the Hustler Club try to figure out loopholes, we’ll work with the City Attorney’s Office to draft a new law that keeps it out of our neighborhood.”
The Hustler Club did not reply to requests for comment.