This act, and variations of it, will no longer be performing at Greenbrier Restaurant
At a smoky pub on Powerline Road in Pompano Beach called Greenbrier Restaurant, there's a long-standing, much cherished tradition known only to the regulars and to their servers: A patron stacks his cash tips in just such a way to cue the female bartender, who in a flash takes down her lingerie and scoops up the cash with her breasts.
They did not, however, make bosom buddies out of the Broward Sheriff's Office. A Juice Special Investigation after the jump.
Err-eola: Al Lamberti covers his nipple with a shiny badge.
Now everyone understands that public exposure in an alcohol establishment not licensed for such things is against the law -- technically. But this happy celebration of breasts and cash wasn't hurting anyone, according to regulars.
"Who doesn't love boobs?" said a woman at the bar. "We, as customers, got to see some nice tits. And the bartenders all got big tips. It was win-win and nobody was getting hurt."
Not wanting to incur any more special attention from the Sheriff, managers at the bar declined to comment, though one bartender, dressed in a shiny pushup bra, a short skirt, and stockings, did say that the crackdown on top removals is a punch to her purse.
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"People would be stacking dollar bills all night, just to watch us keep picking them up," she told me. "Some of us have seen our tips cut in half. It's really ridiculous. We've done this for years and nobody has ever complained. And if someone doesn't like it, this is the kind of place where nobody has a problem showing you the door."
Lamberti's office has not yet responded to requests for comment.
Having assumed that the official objection was to exposed nipples, many of the bartenders wore pasties and continued picking up bills in their usual fashion. But that wasn't good enough. Officers insisted the women keep the whole breast covered.
With layoffs hitting every industry, with all the violent crime, the financial fraud and the corrupt politicking, it's astonishing that BSO can find resources for a campaign of anti-mammary tyranny. But perhaps it's a comfort to some in the community -- Puritans, for instance -- that they can roam through Broward without the mortal danger of falling into a booby trap.