OTC and strip clubs *update

It’s not unusual to find a flyer from a “gentleman’s club” under your car window as you leave the Offshore Technology Conference. Some 70,000 conventioneers, most of them men, are an easy target for Houston’s thriving strip club scene.
I have yet to see a flyer on my car after two days, but our photographer had one, which he kindly shared. The Penthouse Club is apparently letting folks in for free if they show their OTC badges.
More interesting, however, is the flyer actually has the OTC logo on it. This is the same logo the organization puts on the t-shirts, the booths, the podium at the press conferences.
There’s a long history of strip clubs making hay out of OTC — anecdotally I’ve heard it’s one of the best weeks all year for some clubs, much better than when the massive International Quilt Festival hits town.
But I’d find it a bit surprising that OTC would lend its logo out. I have a message in to the officials to find out more.
Margaret Watson, a spokesperson for OTC, says the conference did not give permission to the strip club to use the logo.
“This is not the image that OTC wants,” she said, noting they have contacted the club to ask that it stop using the logo and will increasing surveillance in the parking lots to prevent clubs from placing the cards. “Unfortunately, many businesses try to cash in on the crowds at OTC.”