The Glass Slipper, one of downtown Boston's two remaining strip clubs, has fired seven strippers since June, when workers found one of the women nearly unconscious from an apparent cocaine overdose in a club bathroom, one of its owners says.
Michael Bennett, co-owner of the Combat Zone remnant on LaGrange Street, told the Boston Licensing Board this morning that several strippers tried slipping drugs into the club even after he ordered doormen to check all employees' bags following the June 29 incident.
According to Bennett and BPD Lt. Det. Stephen Meade, a dancer found another dancer in trouble in a second-floor women's room around 7 p.m. "She was sitting on a toilet, shivering rapidly and appeared to be under physical duress," Meade said, reading from a report by the first police officer to arrive on scene. She denied doing any drugs, but another dancer led police to a bag in which they found five needles and two plastic bags containing "a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine," Meade said.
Bennett said the club already had a zero-tolerance drug policy, which included warnings on hiring and signs throughout employee areas. He added that while he had sometimes kept his eye on "entertainers" who appeared to be potential drug users, this particular dancer had shown no signs of problems in the six to eight months she had performed there.
"I've already fired six people," for trying to bring drugs in, he continued.
The board decides what action, if any, to take at a Thursday meeting.