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Stripper pole mishap leads to Riverview neighbor’s lawsuit

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Stripper poles have become something of a thing in recent years. With alternative fitness centers creeping up all over cities advertising pole dancing classes as the latest and greatest of exercise, it’s become increasingly popular for people to install them in their homes.

A stripper pole on Amazon goes for under $100 and has four stars. Reviews list it as looking “classy” in “shiny chrome.” But one review listed the product as “not sturdy at all” and “way too flimsy.”

It’s not clear whether or not that’s the pole Alfredia White purchased and installed in her Riverview home, but she did install one and now it has her in a potential financial dangle.

According to a lawsuit filed in Hillsborough County Court, White reportedly invited her neighbor, Valerie Boston, over to give the pole a whirl. As with all impeccable ideas, this one ended badly.

Boston, a hearty woman at 5’4” and 190 pounds, attempted to twirl around and instead went crashing down to the floor with the pole.

Now Boston is suing White for damages associated with her injuries. Her lawsuit alleges she “underwent extensive hospitalization, medical treatment and rehabilitative care” and called her injuries “serious and permanent.”

She’s seeking an undisclosed settlement to cover her expenses and other damages.

A search of Boston’s Facebook page shows no reference to her injuries, not surprisingly. People tend to be pretty liberal on social media these days, but a selfie under a toppled stripper pole seems a bit excessive.

The moral of this story – maybe keep your stripper pole to yourself and whatever audience you purchased it for.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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