Thursday, September 25, 2008

San Antonio Restaurant Investigated for Sexual Activity

What is your favorite menu item at the local Mexican restaurant? Chicken enchiladas, bean burritos ... perhaps the adventurous fish tacos? If you patronize the Las Nenas Cafe in San Antonio, you may also have the opportunity to order the "waitress lap dance special" to go with your chips and salsa. And, with such extra offerings that cannot be found on the menu, you had to know it was only a matter of time before law enforcement got involved.

The investigation into the restaurant started with a local news team acting on tips from troubled customers. With an undercover camera in tow, the reporters stopped by for lunch and discovered scantily-clad servers who were offering explicit dances to eager diners. Even with this surprising entertainment, there was still some question concerning whether or not the restaurant operates in violation of indecent exposure laws, as the women remained in their clothes. So, Las Nenas continued to operate with toned-down dancing to keep the investigators at bay. The story does not end there, however.

One of the waitresses at Las Nenas was arrested yesterday for solicitation of prostitution after she offered more than spicy food to undercover vice cops. Other employees who were interviewed following the unnamed woman's arrest insisted that nothing illegal was taking place at the dining establishment. However, I find it difficult to believe that the $800 in tips found on the waitress/alleged sexual salesperson came from quick delivery of the margaritas during the lunch rush. For now, the investigation continues and the operating license of Las Nenas is in serious jeopardy.

Are you an employee at a local business who has been accused of offerings deals not printed on the weekly circular? If you find yourself in need of a criminal defense attorney, please contact us at Bertolino LLP and let's discuss your case. We have attorneys in Austin, Houston, and San Antonio who are ready to help.

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