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Nobody said a word. Rhonda Boone, Lackey says, refused to look at her.
Lackey's brother, Ron Boone, denies that anyone affiliated with Erotic City drilled the glory holes. "Do you think that somebody can't walk in with a drill in their coat?" he says. "I'm telling you that they are not allowed. They are against policy, and they are closed up as they are found."
At the meeting, Lackey brought a copy of the plea agreement that Jesse Herd had signed. (Herd later withdrew his guilty plea.) She shook the document at Rhonda, who was sitting across from her. Lackey tells The Pitch that she proposed closing Erotic City. "This place is dead," she recalls saying. "This place needs to close. It needs to be sold.... You killed it. It's over with."
Instead, in February, the board voted 5-2 in favor of having only two directors: Rhonda and Ron Boone.
Erotic City's owners decided to shutter the video booths and close the strip club after the county unanimously voted in favor of the new ordinance in January.
Ron Boone says the video booths provided a service. "I think having them have a regulated place where they can go and hook up, if you would, and meet up is probably in the best interests of society. I personally have children, and I don't want to see things like that happen in parks or at the bathroom of Bannister Mall or whatever mall they're meeting at these days. I'm pretty confident that there's a large group of people out there who miss their little hangout."
"If this place is closed where can a hard dick get a little hard dick?" wrote a poster on Backpage.com.
"Is there some place with booths like they had, buddy booth?" asked another. "Just want to have my cock sucked. And if you are interested in wearing panties.... that's great."
Not everyone missed the Erotic City booths. "I have been there a few times, bunch of fat old nasty dudes standing around SMOKING! Ugh!" wrote "Benjamin" on Craigslist. "I know they need lovin' too, but isn't there anyplace where decent looking and acting people [can] check each other out?"
Reached for this story, Benjamin says guys would leave the doors to the video booths unlocked, hoping someone would drop in for a hookup.
"I had several people try to walk in on me," he says. "But it was not anyone that I was interested in."
On a Tuesday night in mid-February, the parking lot outside Erotic City is empty except for a couple of cars parked in front of the sex shop. A clerk works the counter while a scruffy-looking guy eating microwave popcorn watches anime.
The ATM is out of service. "Cash only. Sorry," reads a handmade sign on the cash register. A wooden shed door seals off the back hallway. A handwritten sign says the video booths and strip club are closed. When asked when they'll reopen, the clerk shrugs. A man in a suit and tie browses the racks of DVDs labeled for specific fetishes — Asian, Latina, big boobs, fat, pregnant, shemale, etc. — but leaves without buying anything.