What's more important than upgrades to a water treatment plant? Flushing smut down the drain. Lavonia, GA officials scraped together a million bucks to buy the local strip club, Café Risqué (ooh la la) and not because they wanted a side business for a little extra cash. They bought the sucker so they could close it right down.
The mayor received a standing ovation when he announced the deal — and then promptly showed he meant business by having crews rip down the highway signs advertising the joint and burning them in a huge bonfire (talk about a Red Light district.) The town had been trying to get rid of the club for years, and not until they spent the money that could have gone for water treatment upgrades and bought the place could they circumvent court rulings that said nude dancing was a constitutionally protected form of expression.
The town now has an ordinance outlawing adult entertainment businesses. Was the $1 million well spent? Do you suppose it was all in ones?