Hustler Club mobile stripper truck is parking in the neighborhood. Do you care?

RichmondSFBlog reader Gideon alerted us to this story that ran on CBS News recently about an unwelcome parker in the outer Richmond District.

It seems that Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club, located downtown on Kearny Street, utilizes a special mobile stripper truck to entice visitors to their club. Women dance inside the back of the truck on Friday and Saturday nights, trying to lure customers to pay a visit to the adult club.

But when the truck is not working, it’s being parked in our neighborhood. It first showed up at 37th and Balboa but after many complaints for “indecency” to Supervisor Eric Mar’s office, was towed for having expired tags.

It showed up later at 42nd and Geary, and continues to park in the neighborhood. Supervisor Mar tells CBS that he’s gotten a lot of calls about the truck, which during its first stint at 37th and Balboa, was close by the Anza branch library and Lafayette Elementary School.

Mar has had trouble getting the owners or managers of the Hustler Club to move their titillating truck to another location. So he’s working on introducing new legislation to ensure that these kinds of vehicles can be towed.

What do you think? Are you bothered by this vehicle parking in the neighborhood? Leave a comment to let us know.

UPDATE (Apr 17, 2012 @ 3:45pm): Supervisor Mar called today to let us know that he is not planning to pursue any additional legislation to resolve this issue. There is a city law that has been on the books for about 12 years which prohibits a commercial (advertising) vehicle from parking in the city. Mar worked with the SFPD to initially tow the truck for expired tags, and then when it returned, notify it that it was subject to a $250 – $500 citation if it remained parked due to the city law.

Mar said he spoke with the manager of the Hustler Club who indicated the truck has returned to Las Vegas and won’t be parking on SF streets anymore. “If I had to do legislation, I would have,” Mar said. “But working with the police and residents has successfully resolved this issue.”

Sarah B.

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  1. “If I had to do legislation, I would have,” Mar said.”

    Typical, Eric Mar. Too busy thinking about petty legislation than taking care of the basics like crime, the homeless problem, Muni, ADA lawsuits, the Jack in the Box’s hours, banning big box stores, etc.

    Vote this guy out! He’s out of touch with the realities of living in the Richmond. Writing legislation and non binding resolutions is a waste of time. Eat some more late night fast food Mr.Happy Meal.

  2. The truck was an eyesore and did not fit in our neighborhood. Thank you Supervisor Mar for getting rid of it. If you and your neighbors have a problem, reach out to Supervisor Mar so he can work with you on the issue.

  3. As a parent I agree it was an eyesore and as someone who owns a food truck, I know that we need to find appropriate places to store our vehicles. My son saw the truck and pointed it out to me. He found the comment about the “3 ugly ones” odd but just smirked.

    Like others have mentioned…Mar takes care of what he wants…..my neighbors along Fulton…I agree with you about the trailers and it only gets worse during Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Outside Lands and the Bay to Breakers. I complain weekly about a truck which parks in front of a church blocking the street light and no turn on red sign and I get nowhere.

  4. Micro-laws like the one proposed brought us the venerable “thou shall not eat an orange in the bathtub” California law that’s still on books. Ridiculous. Glad this was solved in a more sane way.

    As for the truck, I have a problem with large advertisements for *anything*, and commercial vehicles hogging the increasingly rare parking spots in the Richmond District.in general… but that’s it. Yep, I saw this truck in action in downtown San Francisco, and I thought “What a brilliant idea!” Frankly, it looked more fun that the party buses full of screaming, throwing-up-drunk yuppies cruising the town.

    Parking by a library or a school was in poor taste. Still, are we *that* afraid of bikini clad female bodies? You see much more on Youtube. I’m more concerned with the lack of good teachers and the graphic violence, virtual and otherwise, our kids are exposed to every day.

    It’s pretty significant that almost every complaint from a parent focused not on any possible permanent damage seeing a semi-nekkid body could have caused their child, but on their own discomfort of “being forced” to talk to them about anything resembling, *gasp*, sex. Well, if you don’t, your kids will google it on their own. Kids are naturally curious about everything, and especially the adult life that’s ahead of them. An age appropriate answer is always the best policy. Keeping them ignorant… oops – “innocent” – will only hurt them down the line when they have to deal with realities unarmed by reliable information.

    [sheepishly stepping off the soapbox]

  5. @Sylvia, thanks for putting words to what I was also trying to formulate in my head. I too was noticing that it was parents that were uncomfortable, not their kids.

    A parent’s job is to prepare their child for the rest of their life. None of us can entirely control the real world. So pretending that we can hide our child inside a bubble for 18 years (or even 5) is silly. Any attempt to do so just deprives the child of opportunities to learn and grow, then leaves them vulnerable when they finally escape their parents prison/bubble.

    As difficult as it may be, we should be prepared to give age-appropriate answers to a child’s questions. We should not try to prevent the questions by putting a bag over their heads, nor making futile attempts to sanitize everything around us.

    A possible response to a child’s question about things like this van: “Some people like to watch pretty ladies dance. Some people don’t.” That’s probably the end of it. On the other hand, saying something like “Those ladies are bad” just invites more questions and curiosity.

  6. The truck doesn’t bother me at all. Actually my boyfriend and I get a kick out of it because it is so out of place! The truth is, our culture is saturated with over-sexualized images and messages. If you’re worried about your kids’ reactions, take it as an opportunity to teach them. My niece has very strong reactions when she sees magazine covers with similar images in the grocery store. She tells me they’re silly and she thinks her mom is prettier (smart girl, huh?). They will be exposed to similar images one time or another, there is no use in sheltering them. We’re lucky to live in such a beautiful and family friendly neighborhood, but isn’t it a violation of Freedom of Speech to censor this? A truck is a truck, who cares?

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