All kinds of businesses all over the world have been forced to close due to the coronavirus outbreak. This has left millions of people out of work. Lucky Devil Lounge, a strip club in Portland, Oregon was one of those places. However, they are still allowed to offer takeout and delivery options. They just do it with a twist, sending strippers to deliver the food.
They Created A New Food Delivery Service Called Boober Eats
While the lounge cannot serve any guests inside during the coronavirus pandemic, owner Shon Boulden decided that he would create his own food delivery service called Boober Eats. This is no doubt a play on the extremely popular food delivery service Uber Eats. His objective was to make sure all of his employees would still be getting paid during this difficult time.
The strippers are the ones who deliver the food to the customers. The security guards from the lounge are the drivers. The bartenders are taking orders over the phone and also running the social media accounts. They are charging a $30 delivery fee that they then split amongst all of the employees. This way, each person is making close to minimum wage. Strippers are considered independent contractors. They are not eligible for unemployment benefits like most of the people who have been laid off during this time. They typically make all of their money from tips when they perform inside of the lounge but social distancing and quarantines have prevented that.
Social Media Users Support Boober Eats’ Efforts To Keep People Employed
There were many people on Twitter voicing their support to keep local businesses like Boober Eats afloat. The Group Chat Podcast spoke about it in this week’s episode. They joked that if they lived in the Portland area, all of their money would go to support Boober Eats.
Twitter user Cory Buckley tweeted in support of Lucky Devil Lounge. He urged followers from Portland to “help keep kitchen workers and dancers employed during this bizarre time.”
While another Twitter user questioned why anyone would want to order food from a strip club during the coronavirus pandemic.
He may have a point here considering governments everywhere are urging people to practice social distancing to avoid the spreading of germs. But Boulden insisted that the strippers and staff were provided with gloves and masks to keep them safe.
With finances tight for many during this pandemic, it is quirky ideas like these that will help people to earn money when they need it the most.