No camera phones

Remember a couple of months ago, I got a new phone? Sony Ericsson T610? Tiny, color screen, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, infrared? Camera phone?

See, I don’t normally think of the camera phone feature. I have a decent-but-not-great digital camera already, so I haven’t really made much use of the camera in my phone. But I got a reminder yesterday…

See, camera phones are kind of a big deal in strip clubs.

Yesterday evening I was still technically “on vacation”, didn’t have to be back to work until Tuesday morning, so I stopped in a strip club in my neighborhood for a beer. While I was there, a friend called me, and when I pulled out the phone and the bartender saw me (I wasn’t even sitting at the stage; I was up at the bar!) he came over and read me the riot act. Pointed to a sign that said:

“The safety and privacy of our entertainers is very important to us. As a result, please refrain from using your cell phone while in the club. Since camera phones are becoming more common, and it’s often difficult for us to tell which phones have cameras and which don’t, we ask that all cell phones not be used at [club name].”

Aside from the poor grammar, the message was clear.

They didn’t even let me finish my beer, dammit. I guess that’ll teach me.