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Controversial sign posted outside Evansville strip club

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The sign before police asked the lounge to remove the message. The sign before police asked the lounge to remove the message.

A controversial message was posted on a sign outside an Evansville club this weekend. The message may be gone, but not the fallout from what it said.

The strip club obviously wanted to get attention and they got it. Since our story aired Sunday night a lot of people have been very busy offering their opinion on the sign outside the Busy body Lounge.

The colorful strip club at the corner of Columbia and Fares promises action and a whole lot more.

"Is that really out there because I saw that on Facebook?" asked John Meyer.  

It's a sign of the times in an age where almost anything goes in advertising. But on Monday night, the ad that was posted outside the Busy body Lounge has been stripped down after a call from police.

"I don't know if I would like want to drive by that or just see that all the time," Natalie Kage said.  

Even though we censored what was on the sign, you can clearly see the club was offering something for free if the customer bought a private dance. The club isn't offering any answers as to if that deal involved a free sex act or a free alcoholic drink by the same name.

"But if it is, put like parentheses 'drink,'" Kage said. 

But even then, police say that's against the law because both services are illegal to advertise. Under Indiana law, businesses cannot just give away alcoholic drinks for free.

"Yeah, it's definitely wrong then," Meyer said.

Police say because the sign advertises illegal activity, it has all of the elements of violating obscenity laws adopted by the Supreme Court. That's why officers say they called the club and asked for the ad to be taken down.  

So far, the Busy Body has not been cited, but police say they'll continue looking into whether the message broke any laws concerning advertising for sex, while State Excise Police could open an investigation into whether free alcohol was given away.

14 News tried contacting the club for a response, but have not been able to reach the owner or a manager.

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