As the pole-dancing exercise trend of recent years taught the rest of us, exotic dancing takes some muscle. Police say a stripper in Florida showed her strength (and fearlessness) in a different way this week, by ripping an entire electrical meter off the wall of the club.
According to local station WFLA, police say Christie Caratini-Mendoza, a stripper at Desire Gentleman’s Club in New Port Richey, Fla., got into a fight with a co-worker. She reportedly punched the other woman, knocked her down and kicked her. Police say she then took her anger out on the Progress Energy meter bolted to the wall of the club, dismantling the meter and hiding it.
Body camera footage from Caratini-Mendoza’s arrest that night reportedly shows a police officer locating the meter tag tangled in a wig she had in her purse. She has been charged with battery and grand theft.
Tampering with electric meters can cause electrocution, and in some cases it can cause a short circuit with a bright arc that can blind or burn a person or cause a fire — so maybe the person who ripped it off was lucky.
Caratini-Mendoza has had past run-ins with the law and was in the news two years ago when she was suspected of stabbing a female victim outside another club.
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