Heavy drinking can lead to many problems. As such one man woke up last February to find a credit-card charge for £50,000 hanging over his head. He subsequently contacted the police who visited the venue and launched an investigation into possible criminal behaviour.
The club in question, so called, “ SophistiCats” describes itself as London’s “premier” lap-dancing club. Suggestions have been made that the club used “aggressive sales techniques” designed to distract customers from making “reasoned decisions”. Furthermore two more males say they were taken for £10,000. As such the Euston club faces losing it’s licence after the Metropolitan Police and Camden Trading Standards officers recommended its closure.
The customer facing the largest bill, a professional individual, told police he woke up to find credit card receipts of £50,000 after visiting the venue on February 27th 2019. The man claimed not to remember agreeing to pay the amount with the suggestion being that he had been charged an additional £28,000 “in the last few minutes” before he left the club. A police officer who reviewed the available CCTV footage taken of the club’s VIP area said it was “clear” the man was not fully aware of his surroundings.
The man seemed distracted as a card machine was taken into the VIP area while a waitress “on more than one occasion” indicated for performers to start dancing. This appeared to distract the male. He also purchase bottles of wine at a cost of £1,000 each.
A leading Police Officer commented, “All of these actions appear to be ¬aggressive sales techniques with the victim looking unaware of his surround¬ings and predicament, this victim did not even know he had attended SophistiCats in Camden, as his last memories were of him and his friend having a drink in the venue in Soho, Westminster.”