By BRIAN HAMACHER
Amid the shiny stripper poles, strobe-lit stages and scantily-clad performers at Rachel’s Gentlemen’s Club, you’ll find Barbara and Sylvia, two old beauties who come for the free food and flu shots — and stay for the ambiance.
“I love it, I want to know where the girls got those sexy stockings that stop up here. I need some of those,” said Sylvia.
Every year around this time, the flesh den in the small town of Castleberry, north of Orlando, offers the shots in a setting way more exciting than a sterile doctor’s office.
And the return of the complimentary lunch buffet has geriatrics coming in droves.
“I hope it’s not my last meal…I think Rachel’s should be commended for doing this for the seniors, really,” Barbara Becker told WESH as she waited for her shot yesterday.
It’s Rachel’s sixth year of offering the shots, which includes the lunch buffet free for seniors and veterans, as well as all Casselberry residents and city employees.
The gray hairs don’t seem to mind the skin show.
“I think it’s great. I wish I had some of these figures like these gals do, they’re beautiful girls,” Becker said.
If you’re hoping to get the shot from a stripper in a sexy nurse outfit, no dice. The shots are administered by registered nurses in the club’s VIP room.
“A little uncomfortable at first, I actually texted my wife to try to find her and go right to her immediately,” Casselberry resident Tom Rogenski said.
Club employees said they just want to help the town.
“At this time with the rising cost of health care, it’s a great way to give back to the community,” said Rachel’s food and beverage manager, Kevin Ruscitti. “We’re proud to be a part of this community and it’s a chance to give something back.”
If you’re thinking about getting a flu shot, but a trip to the doctor’s office makes you squirm like a six year old, you might want to make the trip up to Castleberry. The club is scheduled to give the flu shots again on Oct. 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.