Mark Gold, the lawyer who founded and owns the Ticket Clinic firm, found himself so drunk at the Goldrush strip club in downtown Miami back in 2010 that he wound up charging nearly $19,000 to his credit card
. He ended up suing Goldrush, and claimed they never should have accepted his money and purposefully got him sloshed. Now he's amended that lawsuit, and claims that Goldrush dancers also spiked customers' drinks with crushed Xanax. He also claims that the practice extends to sister clubs King of Diamonds and the Pink Pony.
Gold claims that dancers at the clubs crush up anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax into clients' drinks (though, there's no evidence in the suit supporting this claim). Once customers are high and drunk, Gold's lawsuit claims that they are coerced into putting large charges on their credit card.
(Gerald Tobin, the attorney representing Goldrush owner Jack Galardi, didn't respond to the Daily Business Review's requests
for comment on the new allegations. Riptide has also emailed him for comment, and we'll update this post if we hear back.)
The suit claims that customers are basically held hostage in the VIP room by strippers, and that even the friends they came with are forbidden by bouncers to contact their friend in the VIP room. Gold believes that strippers are paid upwards of $1,000 per hour to keep the customer in the VIP room while hefty charges are being added to this bill. Customers are secretly photographed signing their credit card statements in case any of them try to dispute the charges later.
According to Daily Business Review
, Gold also believes the club's dirty practices involve downright theft:
The suit accuses club staffers, under the direction of management, of stealing watches and jewelry from semi-conscious victims and attempting to sell the articles back to them later.
The complaint says that not all customers are shaken down, but Gold claims well-to-do clients, who are likely married, and "would likely care about their public reputation, are from out of town or who appear intoxicated" are targeted.
Gold's original suit raised eyebrows and caused more than a few laughs, when he claimed that "Gold Rush having knowingly caused plaintiff's irrational state of mind, continued to ply him with liquor in order to charge his credit card excessive amounts to the extent of $18,930." Though he says now more alleged victims have come out of the woodwork thanks to the publicity the original suit received.
"I always knew this wasn't an isolated incident and when the truth came out I would be vindicated," Gold told DBR
. "I've gotten many, many calls from other gentlemen who were also victimized and thanked me for having the courage to come forward."