Judy Viger, a New York mother of four, is facing jail time after she hired strippers for her son’s 16-year-old birthday party. The South Glens Falls Police Department has charged Judy Viger with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child because 5 of the children were under the age of 17. Some were as young as 13 (on a side note I don’t think my hormonal teenage brother would mind going to this party lol). Pictures of the November party recently surfaced on Facebook (remember posts on social media aren’t private).
The birthday party took place in a room at the Spare Time Bowling Center and had 80 people in attendance. The bowling alley released the following statement:
“Spare Time Bowling Center can confirm that a private party did take place on November 3rd, 2012. We neither arranged for (nor paid for) the entertainment that was provided at the party. Spare Time has been cooperating fully with the investigation and will continue to do so.”
In a press release, police accuse the mother of “organizing, managing, and paying” for the party where two strippers performed “personal and intimate dances for some party attendees.” The strippers, who work for the company Tops in Bottoms, aren’t facing charges. The strippers apparently didn’t know the attendees were underage and believe the incident is being “blown out of proportion.”
I don’t think this mother should be imprisoned. Should she face a fine or some lesser misdemeanor charge? Yes, maybe she should. But I don’t see how this party “endangered” the children. At least not physically.
I’m a little bit curious as to what the other parents did while these strippers provided the entertainment. The fathers were probably so excited to actually be at a kid’s party they “chaperoned” and “supervised” the dancing. I can only wonder what the mothers were doing.
What do you think?
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