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Video of woman exiting Calif. fire truck in bikini at strip club prompts investigation

“We cannot have a life-critical emergency rescue apparatus relegated to a frat party bus,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo


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Don Sweeney
The News & Observer

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A video posted online of a woman in a bikini getting out of a fire truck and entering a San Jose strip club has prompted calls for an investigation, California officials told news outlets.

The video was first posted to a private Instagram account on Thursday, Oct. 6, The Mercury News reported. It has since been reposted publicly by another Instagram user.

The video, shot at night, shows a woman in a bikini and high heels exiting a fire truck with its emergency lights on outside the Pink Poodle, an all-nude strip club. The woman walks across the sidewalk directly into the club.

It’s not clear when the video was shot or the woman’s connection to the club, which did not respond to requests for comment by McClatchy News or multiple local news organizations.

“If the investigation concludes that this video is as bad as it looks, then heads must roll,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said in a statement, KGO reported.

“We cannot have a life-critical emergency rescue apparatus relegated to a frat party bus, nor tolerate any conduct that so demeans the heroic work of the rest of our SJFD team,” he said.

“The (Fire) Department has become aware of a concerning video posted on social media,” Fire Chief Robert Sapien Jr. said in a statement, The Mercury News reported. “An investigation has been initiated to determine facts surrounding the video.”

The city firefighters union said it “does not condone” the actions shown in the video, KNTV reported.

“Somebody is having a really good time on city funds that we pay good tax dollars for,” Vince Grimaldi, a business owner near the Pink Poodle, told KGO.


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