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‘Hustler Club Truck’ with Pole-Dancing Strippers Outrages San Francisco Residents

A similar truck spotted in Baltimore promoting Las Vegas gentlemen's clubs, including a Hustler Club.

San Franciscans are known throughout the nation as some of the most tolerant folks on the face of the earth. But an innovative advertising stunt to promote a local strip club has got residents of one city neighborhood up in arms.

CBS Sacramento reports that porn tycoon and free speech activist Larry Flynt is using a customized truck replete with a glass compartment in which erotic dancers gyrate seductively around a stripper pole to promote his Hustler Club, located in the North Beach neighborhood. The ‘Hustler Club Truck’ makes its way around touristy areas of the city, titillating men from near and far into visiting Flynt’s club.

But the truck has caused outrage in the outlying Richmond District neighborhood, where it has been parked overnight while not working the streets of the city’s more touristy neighborhoods on Friday and Saturday nights. While North Beach may have a red light district aura about it, The Richmond is a decidedly more suburban quarter inhabited by (relatively) more conservative residents and even though the salacious strippermobile is stripper-free when parked, some locals want it gone.

“I don’t like it here. I don’t like it in this neighborhood,” one female Richmond District resident told CBS Sacramento.

“For little kids, I don’t think it’s appropriate,” another woman told the station.

San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar, who represents The Richmond in City Hall, had the truck towed away, citing expired tags as the reason. But before long, it was back, parked at Geary Blvd. and 42nd Ave. In response, Supervisor Mar announced his intention of introducing legislation that will permanently ban the truck from city streets.

“We don’t want this truck in our neighborhood,” he told CBS Sacramento.

But Mar is likely to face a tough fight from Flynt, who has weathered numerous legal challenges to his adult entertainment empire, which includes the magazine Hustler as well as an adult film studio, retail stores and strip clubs.

Flynt was shot by a would-be assassin in Georgia in 1978, an attack which left him partially paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair.

Considered a champion of free speech by many Americans across the political spectrum but especially on the left, Flynt was immortalized in the 1996 Milos Forman film “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” in which Woody Harrelson played the lead.

Flynt must surely be left scratching his head over why he’s being targeted in what is supposed to be the most tolerant city in America.

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