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Lest you think the economic damage from the BP spill be limited to the seafood trade, tourism, and such industries directly dependent on an un-oiled Gulf of Mexico, we turn to one of the more unlikely institutions that's seen its business dry up in the wake of the disaster: Strip clubs. The Herald Sun reports:
An unlikely company has filed a claim for compensation regarding the disaster - a New Orleans strip club. The owners of The Mimosa Dancing Girls, located on the edge of New Orleans, claimed that the spill was bad for business as the fishermen who usually frequented the club cannot afford to spend money there ...Obviously, the impact of a disaster that puts entire industries out of commission is going to have a serious ripple effect -- any business that previously relied on workers in the seafood industry is going to have a tough time, needless to say. And though many make the argument that some of these fishermen are getting paid by BP for doing cleanup work, it's reasonable to assume that many will be saving that money, knowing that when BP no longer requires their services for cleanup, they may find themselves in dire financial straits.
Which is why it makes sense that many of the claims being filed now are not from fishermen, and that other industries may actually be getting hit harder right now: "officials at BP's New Orleans claims centre said the bulk of claimants were no longer fishermen ... As well as strip joint owners, restaurant waitresses, dock workers, plumbers and electricians also came to the centre, saying their livelihoods were severely hit," the Sun reports.
For another example, just check out this CNN video of a business that is closing its doors tomorrow.
I'll go ahead and state the obvious: the economic pain already being caused by the BP Gulf spill is already very real.