Last week, we learned that prostitutes can ruin you. But it's not just hookers! Many kinds of sex workers can be dangerous. No one knows this better than Stephen Chang, a securities trader who was innocently patronizing the Hot Lap Dance Club near Madison Square Garden last November when something awful happened. The Hot Lap Dance club, as you undoubtedly know, is known as the "Playboy Mansion of Manhattan party lofts," despite the fact that it is located in a rat-infested corridor of 38th Street near Ninth Avenue. Stephen is married, but the women who work at Hot Lap Dance were irresistible: They "are among the most beautiful women in New York City," the Website says, and do interesting things like "lesbian (dildo) shows and all nude Sybian performances." But don't judge! It's a bear market! A guy's got to blow off steam somehow! And anyway, that Thursday at 1 a.m., Stephen was not there to partake in anything exotic. He was merely in the market for a regular old lap dance from one of the club's many "friendly and personable" workers. Until suddenly, thing were no longer friendly and personable at all.
According to his lawsuit, as the dancer swung around, the heel of her shoe hit him in the eye, causing him ''to sustain serious injuries.''
Ouch. Also, embarrassing. Which is probably why Chang's lawyer declined to provide the name of the brokerage where his client works, unfortunately for us.*
UPDATE: The Stephen Chang who until recently worked at Deutsche Bank, who we linked to in an earlier edition of this, is DEFINITELY NOT the Stephen Chang who was kicked in the eye by a stripper, as he has pointed out kindly and with good humor. So you can stop forwarding this to him now.