A New York nursing home took resident activities to a whole new level when it hired a male stripper to put on a show, and now it’s getting sued for its entertainment efforts.
“The elderly residents of a Long Island nursing home saw their shuffleboards replaced by washboard abs when they were subjected to a low-rent Chippendale’s striptease in the facility’s rec room, a new lawsuit claims,” reports the New York Post.
The New York Post has a photo of an 86-year-old resident interacting with (read: tipping) the stripper. When that resident’s son saw the picture while visiting his mother at the East Neck Nursing Center in West Babylon, he took notice of the exchange of money.
The woman’s family asked the nursing home staff why she was holding dollar bills in her hand, as her cash was supposed to be safely locked away in her commissary account, according to the article, but didn’t receive a satisfactory answer.
“A nurse later told another of the victim’s sons that the strip show was an ‘entertainment event’ for the patients and was done in ‘good faith,’” reports the Post, citing the lawsuit.
When the son confronted a nursing home employee about the photo, the staffer attempted to confiscate it, says the lawsuit, which claims that hiring male strippers to perform for residents was a “serial occurrence” at East Neck Nursing Center.
“[The plaintiff] was placed in apprehension of imminent, offensive, physical harm, as she was confused and bewildered as to why a muscular, almost nude man, was approaching her and placing his body and limbs, over [her],” the lawsuit says.
Attorneys for the plaintiff’s family say the resident “lacks the mental and physical capacity” to protect herself. The nursing home has responded to the suit, saying that a 16-person panel of residents all approved the strip show.
Read more at the New York Post.
Written by Alyssa Gerace