'Oh, Are You the Stripogram?' Women Ask Cop

He was not
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2016 9:00 AM CST
'Oh, Are You the Stripogram?' Women Ask Cop
Not strippers.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Police community officer Mike Ober was on foot patrol in Wiltshire, England, on Saturday when he admits having to "beat a hasty retreat." But he didn't skedaddle because he was outnumbered by a gang of criminals. Ober was instead outnumbered by a group of women gathered at a social club for a 50th birthday party—and they thought he was the stripper they had ordered, the BBC reports. Ober says he investigated after noticing a door to the club propped open, only to be met by wild cheering. "Oh, are you the stripogram?" yelled one.

As Ober withdrew after being informed that he had arrived too early, he passed the real stripper on his way in. All in all, he tells the BBC, it was "flattering … I guess." Or as Jezebel puts it, it was "a case of real life imitating an episode of The Golden Girls." And it's not the first time this sort of thing has happened. In 2014, a female cop investigating the rowdy behavior of pub patrons in the UK was the one mistaken for a stripper, the Telegraph reports. One guy who danced in front of her and whipped her with a bar towel learned his mistake the hard way by being promptly arrested. (San Francisco has a hot cop of its own, and he got into some trouble last year.)

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