Melissa Borret, the owner of Fantasy Maid Service of Lubbock, is under fire from authorities for her nude maid service that roused controversy in a conservative Texas town.
Borrett, the 26-year-old owner of the nude maid service, started her business in mid-February as a way to make extra cash and provide for her daughter in addition to her waitress job at a strip club.
However, don't get it twisted. The service strictly offers patrons a cleaning service done by maids dressed in lingerie, topless or completely naked for $100 an hour, or $150 per hour for two maids, as reported by ABC News.
There've been a lot of business owners, there have been a few people getting me to come to clean their office but for the most part it's at home, Borrett said. Paramedics ... there've been a few college students. Their apartments and dorms get pretty messy. They definitely don't like to clean.
However, Barrett said nothing comes off for clients under the age of 18 and no one is allowed to touch the maids, as security is present during the service to ensure the maids' safety.
We have a very strict no touching policy. There is definitely nothing illegal going on, we really clean houses, Borrett told KCBD.
In addition to cleaning services, Fantasy Maid also offers help in hosting parties, serving guests, cleaning, mixing drinks, and taking care of any other task you may have, the website said.
Along with catching nationwide attention, police in Texas caught wind of the nude maid service and have stepped in for investigation.
Lubbock police Sgt. Jonathan Stewart told the Associated Press that Borrett cannot operate a business that is sexually oriented without a special permit that costs $650 per year and a $5,000 surety bond or letter of credit.
Just the fact employees are topless or semi nude in this case - it's just not allowed, Stewart told KCBD.
Businesses of this nature are defined as providing, featuring or offering of employees or entertainment personnel who appear in a state of nudity, seminude or simulated nudity and provide live performances or entertainment...and which is offered as a feature of a primary business activity of the venture.
Failure to obtain the permit can result in a $2,000 fine, Stewart said, but the small business owner said she does not need a permit to operate her nude maid service.
My business doesn't necessarily qualify as a sexually oriented business just because the clothes are coming off, Borrett said. The maids are not performers, they're maids, noting her service operates well within the scope of any normal business.
Rather than crumbling under the investigation of authorities, Melissa Borrett is looking to expand her business by hiring more maids, looking for someone who is confident and comfortable in their own skin, and someone who is a very hard worker, detail-oriented, able to work on their own, trustworthy. If the investigation continues, Borrett said she will seek legal representation according to KCBD.
Over the Easter weekend, Lubbock Fantasy Maid Service offered a 20 percent discount for services.