by Jacki Mick
Giving the barber pole a brand new use, an Orlando business owner was arrested on Sunday for turning his barber shop into strip club. Super Fades Barber Shop, located on Pine Hills Road, looked like a typical barber shop during the day, save for the pole in the center of the joint.
The Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation discovered that, on Saturday nights, Derrick Price, the owner of the shop, charged patrons $10 to get in and served liquor while women, some under 18, danced completely nude.
After a months-long investigation, MBI officers escalated the pace of their case, after realizing that at least one of the illegal dancers was only 17.
Price denied running an illegal strip club in his shop, telling WFTV, "It's customer appreciation. I thank my customers for coming in and supporting me, that's all it was."
Giving back to his customers in this manner landed him with four new charges on his rap sheet: allowing a worker to engage in nudity, allowing a person under 18 in an adult entertainment establishment, operation of an establishment without a valid license and possession of alcohol without a license with intent to sell.
The underage dancer was also arrested, charged with lewd acts and adult entertainment crimes. Investigators are looking into the possibility that the girl may have been forced to work against her will.
This may the MBI's first experience busting up a nude barber shop, but in no way is it their first time conducting extended strip club investigations. Back in mid-2000s, they were somewhat of a fucked-up Orlando legend for mishandling cases left and right, including tipping strippers with taxpayer dollar bills, jailing old ladies for selling porn and blowing into dancer's vaginas while on the job. Not to mention their 2007 "bust" of Orlando Weekly classified execs for deriving support from the proceeds of prostitution and aiding in the commission of prostitution.
MBI caught some of the Saturday night action on camera as part of their investigation and, if you're so inclined, you can watch it over at News 13.