You Can Now Tip Strippers With…Bitcoin?
Bridging The Gap Between Las Vegas Strippers and Technology
Shout out to our friends at Mashable for bringing this lovely story to our attention. You read the title of the blog correctly; you can now pay for and tip your strippers in Vegas with Bitcoin, the new cryptocurrency that is gaining popularity worldwide. We'll give you a minute for the absurdity of that to sink in.
The folks over at The Legends Room over on Valley View are doing their best to bridge the all important gap between strippers and technology. Ok, maybe "all important" is a bit of an over statement, but we guarantee that there are at least a few of you out there reading this that think this is awesome.
How Does it Work?
Let's start with the less strange side of things. The club offers membership and allows you to pay for that membership with Bitcoin or with Ethereum. What is Bitcoin or Ethereum? Basically (heavily over simplified), it's a form of money that is only in digital form. This means that you can't actually hold it; it's not actually a coin. The perks of the currency are that they are not controlled by a centralized bank (meaning no borders) and transactions are 100% anonymous except for the sender and the receiver. This means if you're looking to do anything shady, cryptocurrency is your friend.
The stranger side of things is that the club also lets you tip the dancers with Bitcoin. But...if it's not a form of money that you can hold, how do you do this? QR codes. The club will have you scan your phone on a QR code which is a digital symbol that allows you to transfer your tip to the dancer. Sounds normal? You just walk to the front of the club and scan the tip over, right?
Wrong. You scan a code that is ON the dancer. The dancers will have temporary tattoos put on them that link to their payment accounts. You will literally scan your phone onto the dancer and then transfer the tip over through an app. Because we're sure all of you might not believe us right now, we've attached a picture for your viewing pleasure...a safe for work one.
We were not kidding. This raises some interesting questions. What happens if the dancer sweats or gets "fluids" on her? Clearly that's going to create issues with the technology. Also, are there multiple QR codes located in different spots that are worth more money? We're asking the real questions here.
Our guess is the club is trying to lure in the tech savvy and maybe those in town for business that work in tech industries. It seems a bit gimmicky, but gimmicks work...especially when they are attached to naked women. We're not sure if we're going to make it out there to check this out but it definitely sounds interesting.
We don't really have anything else groundbreaking to say about this. We just felt like it's one of those things "you should know". Maybe you can bring it up for discussion over family dinner?