Is a new strip club opening in New Hampshire? Property owner says he was pranked by surprise sign

No, Epping, New Hampshire isn't getting a strip club.

The owner of a vacant plot outside of Exeter was surprised by a salacious sign posted on his property Monday, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports. The sign, prominently visible from the intersection of routes 27 and 125 in Epping, advertises the imminent opening of a fictional strip club on the property.

“Coming Soon! Simple Pleasures Gentleman’s Club,” the sign exclaims from high above on a utility pole, flanked by silhouettes of exotic dancers.

It was news to Michel Fecteau, the property owner who was certainly not planning on opening a strip club in the small town. He told the Union Leader that he believed he was being pranked by a pal.

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“I’m quite certain it’s a friend of mine who thought he was being funny,” Fecteau said.

Some locals, however, were not in on the joke. News of the sign quickly landed on a Facebook page for Epping residents, with some users apparently taking it seriously. Fecteau said he got calls from the town’s planning board, police department, and selectmen’s office about the sign.

For his part, Fecteau seems to be taking the goof in stride.

“In these crazy times of a pandemic and political discourse, it’s probably not a bad thing to have a little chuckle over a Halloween prank,” he told the Union Leader.

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