A barber in Orlando is accused of transforming his shop into a strip club on Saturday nights – complete with nude dancers, a dancing pole and a steady liquor supply, according to reports.
The owner was arrested after agents of the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation raided the Super Fades Barbershop. ABC affiliate WTFV reported that, according to authorities, the owner of the barber shop, 42-year-old Derek Price, had customers fork over a $10 cover charge to enter the event, though Price denied that he charged admission.
According to Price, he was committed to good customer service. “It’s customer appreciation. I thank my customers for coming in and supporting me, that’s all it was,” Price told Eyewitness News. “I wasn’t taking money for anything, I take donations.”
MBI investigator Lt. Mike Gibson SAID believes that the strip club could have been was a lucrative operation. “Surely he could make $600-$700 a night as the owner running this strip club,” Gibson told WTFV.
Price has since been released from jail on bail, although Gibson expects that he will face further charges. He was charged with misdemeanors, including the sale of illegal alcohol and allowing a worker to engage in nudity.
Police said an underage girl who was present during the raid has been charged with lewd acts and adult entertainment crimes, according to WFTV. Price said that he was in the process of stopping the teen – who, he said, was in search of a relative – from entering the shop just as the police initiated the raid.
ABC News contacted several surrounding businesses who said they were unaware of the illegal activity happening on Saturday nights at the barber shop.
“Normally when we come to work here we just come to the office and stay inside…It’s a dangerous neighborhood, it’s really bad,” an employee at Freeway Insurance, which operates two stores down from Super Fades Barbershop, told ABC News.
Price could not be reached for comment.