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Email Fairfax Visits to New Zealand strip clubs are hidden behind mysterious aliases when they show up on your bank statement. The funny thing is, there actually aren't many places where you can get your car fixed at 3am on a Sunday. But if your joint bank account is showing up late night purchases at Carparts Ltd, your significant other may be spending his nights down at the strip club.
In order to hide clients' trips to the local skin bar, most owners disguise their name in any Eftpos or credit card transactions they process. So a lap dance at Showgirls near Auckland's Britomart, for example, will appear on a bank statement as shopping under the alias Carparts Ltd. The secret coding was all about confidentiality for the clientele, says Jacqui Le Prou, former owner of the Calendar Girls string of strip clubs in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
While those in the industry are not ashamed of their business, in some corners of society the idea of visiting a strip club was still seen as unacceptable, in Le Prou's view.. However, with saying that, there are still a ton of people out there that do not and will not accept it. Le Prou said a lot of thought went into the company name, so that it wouldn't came off as suspicious even when appearing as late-night purchases.
We wanted something that wouldn't be questioned too much whatever the time of the day or night," she said. But it's something practically all strip clubs appear to do - The Club in Queenstown will show up undisguised as The Club - and it's something to look out for on the bank bill.
In Tauranga, visits to Karma used to show up as spending in the City Sports Bar in the same building downstairs. It has changed recently. In Wellington, Dreamgirls processes their charges as Splitrock Ltd. Owner Laureen O'Brien said the banking name was something punters didn't seem too worried about - she had far more questions about the name on the entrance stamp. But we have a UV stamp. Waking up the next morning, there is no inky mark on a visitor's wrist indicating when they went the night before.