Come on Rasputin, simply pointing out that your letter will fall upon deaf ears at MSC and suggesting that the stampede of ÒregularsÓ out the door may not be that detrimental to business in the long run doesnÕt make anyone here a ÒshillÓ for MSC management.
In fact, IÕm glad youÕve drawn a line in the sand and taken your business elsewhere. You certainly wonÕt get an argument from me that the current system is a joke. I would probably be doing the same as you, had it not been for the fact that MSC actually got on my nerves quite awhile ago, and I did exactly as you. (Except for the letter writing part.) They didnÕt need to go to the present extreme to lose me.
As for the future of MSC, I not as confident as you that business will perhaps spiral downward from this moment forward. This isnÕt the first dancer exodus in MSCÕs history, probably wonÕt be the last, and yet theyÕve always managed to survive. They seem to believe that dancers can be replaced, and unfortunately so far, history has proved theyÕre right. Eventually, a new group of dancers desperate enough for work will find a home at MSC. And a shapely figure and attractive appearance were never an MSC requirement. Over the years, itÕs been nothing short of amazing to see who theyÕve let into that place. TheyÕve either been blind, or they just donÕt care. My guess: they donÕt care. Besides, at least by definition, even a less than attractive dancers still fulfills the cardinal rule of strip club managment, which IÕll address further in this post. In any event, MSC isnÕt a monopoly, but it sure had itÕs signature. IÕm just not so sure if that signature was really such a good thing, but some shrugged it off as "charm."
It doesnÕt surprise me one bit that management believes that customers will adjust to the new system. These guys may not be saints, and they may not know a thing about real world management, or customer service, but they arenÕt naive and they are certainly well aware of at least one little fact about their club: a ton of money constantly walks through those doors. Not so ironically, the stage fees theyÕve been collecting all of these years are prime evidence of that. Despite four hour shift charges averaging about $200 per dancer, the dancers would still go home relatively happy, because the seemingly hefty stage fee was usually only a fraction of the total tip money they took in. The MSC management is well aware of what the dancers were making. A lot of money. From customers. So it shouldnÕt be a surprise or mystery at all why MSC believes customers will eventually cough-up the new charges. Even if itÕs after the shock (or should I say schlock) of the new system and everything settles down. Sure, a lot of regular customers will leave. A lot of MSCÕs finest dancers will quit. But eventually, customers (and dancers) will discover that the new labor code apples to all clubs, not just poor little MSC. You can bet your last parking meter twenty that the MBOT wanna-be managers at MSC are fully aware of what an MBOT customer is being asked to pay nowadays and how the MBOT system works. And they won't consider CH to be meaningful competition, because most CH girls don't get down and do the do-do like MSC girls do.
Welcome back, weary strip-clubber. ThereÕs a nice smelly (well, some things will NEVER change) booth waiting for you, a gorgeous dancer who canÕt wait to get naked with you inside of it...oh, by the way, you remember how to use our Òparking meterÓ donÕt you? Thank you very much!
You see Rasputin, the name of the game here is money, not customer service. The strip club managers are convinced you donÕt make money from customer service, you make money from LIVE NUDE GIRLS, the cardinal rule of strip club management. YouÕve noted that the Deja Vu takeover of NCT ruined the club. You may be right, I never went there myself. But I do know for a fact that one thing about NCT hasnÕt changed since Deja Vu took over: the doors are still wide open. They didnÕt go out of business, despite the almost universal recoil on the web back when Deja Vu first implemented itÕs doomsday scenario of clipboard guy dance counters and such. The predictions of empty seats and dancer wanted signs never seemed to materialize. Maybe all of the regs headed for greener pastures, but theyÕre still open and doing business. Why? LIVE NUDE GIRLS! You want Ôem and weÕve got Ôem. And you donÕt have to worry about flushing the toilet downstairs, we have people here that will take care of that...
I guess what IÕm asking is for is a little realism about MSCÕs ultimate prospects. The web is a great thing for sharing information, but itÕs not the best engine for organizing meaningful boycotts, which require strict solidarity. That doesnÕt happen on the web, too much bickering, false information, wanna be experts, and useless affirmations. But donÕt mistake this post as my blessing of MSCÕs managers. IÕve always thought (and have posted before) that they are the most repulsive, foul, revolting, genuine card-carrying ogreish assholes that eagerly bought a one-way ticket to hell long ago, and will dine on their young long before they consent to removing the Òparking meters.Ó
Hell, I didnÕt stop going there just because the ATF quit.