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Hustler's Mobile Strip Club Causes Outrage in SF Neighborhood

Leave it to Larry Flynt's Hustler Club to bring the skin to the street. The chain's San Francisco outpost is stirring up trouble in one of the city's more residential neighborhoods. The culprit? A mobile strip club.

On Friday and Saturday nights, mostly-naked women can be seen dancing  behind the truck's Plexiglas walls. But on the driver's days off? It's being parked outside a library, which also happens to be a few blocks from an elementary school.

Some residents find the image-plastered vehicle hard to swallow.

A local politician once had the truck towed for expired plates, according to the local CBS affiliate. However, the mobile strip club is back. Here's what it looks like -- in and out of action:

There's got to be something illegal here, right? Maybe not.

If the strippers have seat belts and only dance while the truck is parked, Hustler isn't breaking the state's seat belt laws. And if the ladies are keeping their naughty bits covered, then they're not running afoul of public nudity laws.

Officials may be able to use San Francisco's mobile advertising law. The statute prohibits the placement of commercial advertisements on cars. However, there are some First Amendment concerns, which may be why the law isn't widely enforced.

Then there's the possibility of a zoning violation. Cities can limit the location of adult entertainment businesses. But again, whether this ability extends to the business' advertising and vehicles is up for debate.

Residents may just have to live with the mobile strip club -- and be thankful that, while park, the truck remains without strippers.

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