Woman Sues Mesa Bar After Stripper Pole Breaks, and She Topples

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A Mesa woman has filed suit in Maricopa County Superior Court accusing a local sports bar of violating city codes by not applying for a building permit for a stripper pole that she toppled from, cutting her ring finger.

ReAnna M. Hedrick, 28, claims in the October 16 suit that on September 3, 2008, she was at Famous Sam's Sports Bar in Mesa, now under a different name, for "Ladies Night" when she thought it would be a good idea to try her hand at the makeshift stripper pole set up in the bar.

As she was spinning and sliding, her suit says, the pole broke from its anchoring in the ceiling and Hedrick's showgirl moment was shattered.

As Hedrick and the pole came crashing down, her suit says, she grabbed for the top of the pole, which had a jagged edge that sliced the top of her ring finger.

Calls to Hedrick's lawyer, Lewis Moore III, were not immediately returned, but the bar owner was happy to give New Times his take on the situation.

David Moore calls the case "the definition of a frivolous lawsuit."

Moore, who admits he wasn't there when the incident happened, says the woman was at the bar for a few hours before she decided to take her partying to the pole. Moore says the pole wasn't supposed to be there: it was a gimmick used by a karaoke company.

Moore says the only news he's heard about the incident came from his insurance company, which he says is handling the lawsuit.

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I pole. It's an art form. There is stripping/grinding and getting freaky trying to make the pole falic and then there is using it as an apparatus. My girls and I will go to bars some nights and have fun, it's not dirty, it's not a "show girl moment", it's a hell of alot more exercise involving strength and flexability than most of you people reading this and judging this have or will ever have. Honestly. If I went to a bar and did a twisted grip handspring and the pole broke, heck yes I would sue! Pole didn't originate in strip clubs it started out as the gymnasts pillar and basically progressed into aerial pole/chinese pole. Having a pole like that set up is like putting swings up without securing them and expecting people not to get hurt. You can all sit safely behind your keyboards and say nasty things about this woman and the suit, but if you know anything about pole, or about this thing facilities have called liability you'd know she is in her right to sue and that to post sexualized crap toys up as an advertisement for a real apparatus is irresponsible and simply prevents this art from progressing in the public's eye.

Mykalai Kontilai
Mykalai Kontilai

The bar has a responsibility to monitor anything an outside company does at their location...

Mykalai Kontilai
Mykalai Kontilai

its responsibility of the bar owner for any incident at bar so he should taken care of all the matters

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modern kids bed

this sue is apt one should investigate the matter very seriously and should bring the culprit in picture

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