Thursday, August 04, 2005

In Naperville?

Many of you who read this fine blog know that I grew up in the Chicago suburb of Naperville. For those of you unfamiliar with Naperville, Naperville is known not only for its affluence, but also being a buttoned-down, conservative town, where the typical mother behaves like Mrs. Lovejoy from the Simpsons ("Oh won't someone please think of the children!"). Needless to say I was quite shocked and got a good laugh when I read this:

A recent gentleman's club outing in which scantily clad women performed provocatively for male golfers on a Naperville course has embarrassed the town's mayor and prompted a criminal investigation.

Naperville police said Wednesday they have reviewed a videotape recorded by a woman who lives near the Country Lakes Golf Club on the city's north side but found no evidence that crimes were committed. The golf event was sponsored by Blackjack's Gentleman's Club in South Elgin.

Police Sgt. Joel Truemper said a Chicago television station says it shot its own video of women breaking the law by taking off their clothes or performing sex acts at the Monday event. Truemper said the department is trying to get a copy of the tape and would seek a court subpoena for it if the station does not surrender it voluntarily.

"We are doing whatever it takes to get a copy of this tape," Truemper said.

Country Lakes Golf Club is privately owned, and managers declined to answer questions about Monday's outing. Messages left for representatives of Blackjack's Gentleman's Club were not returned Wednesday.

Naperville has an ordinance prohibiting public nudity and indecent exposure, but it is not a crime to wear string bikinis or short skirts on a golf course, police said.

Naperville Mayor George Pradel said he was embarrassed by the extensive television coverage of the golf outing. Money magazine last month rated Naperville as the third-best place to live in the country, the mayor noted.

"My heart is broken because this is a family city and I wouldn't want anything to disrupt that," Pradel said. "I'm a cheerleader for Naperville. This takes a little of the air out of my balloon."

If you want to have a really good laugh, click on the link on that same page of the story for the video of the WGN-9 story on it. I just lost it when the WGN reporter talked to an 8-year-old boy about seeing the scantly clad women on the golf course:
Boy: It was nasty.

Reporter: Why?

Boy: Because their chest was showing and stuff.

I'm willing to bet that the kid's mom told him what to say before he went on camera because if I saw that when I was 8-years-old, I would have no idea what was going on. Now this golf outing was without question quite tacky and the golf owners should have exercised better judgment, especially since there is residential housing that surrounds the golf course. However, to say criminal conduct occurred is a joke.

By the way, many thanks to Lucas who e-mailed me this story.