Melissa Borrett from Lubbock, the founder of Lubbock Fantasy Maid service, began her business last month and has already attracted nationwide notice and some unwanted attention from law enforcement.
The 26-year-old said that she came up with the idea while working as a waitress at a local strip club, where she couldn’t find enough work and wasn’t thrilled with the management, whom she described as “chauvinistic.”
“I had heard of this kind of service being available in other cities,” the New York Daily News quoted her as saying.
“So I started the service in Lubbock, where I would have no competition so I figured it (would do well),” she explained.
Customers can shell out 100 dollars an hour for one maid or 150 dollars an hour for two.
The maids can appear in lingerie, topless or nude as long as there is no one under 18 present and the customer is fully clothed.
“If a customer under 18 calls, we’ll show up fully clothed — and still clean,” Borrett said, laughing.
Any dirty business, she warned, is strictly prohibited.
“At no time may a client ever make physical contact with the maid,” the website warns.
“A maid may accept tips, however if a maid accepts tips for physical contact she will be terminated immediately and the customer will not be able to schedule services with Lubbock Fantasy Maid Service again,” the site insists.
Borrett believes her customers are mostly middle-aged white men but varied among their socio-economic background.
Her employees, she said, are not the women which people generally perceive, with the exception of one employee who worked as a waitress in a strip club, Borrett insists that none of her maids are former strippers.
“This is just a maid service with some really friendly girls and we just happen to be comfortable with (cleaning) without any clothes on,” she said.
She also argued that being a maid service first keeps her business on the right side of the law.
However, not everyone agrees with her assessment.
A Lubbock Police Department sergeant told a local TV station that he believed Borrett’s business needs, at the very least, a permit because he believes it is a sexually-oriented operation.
“Just the fact employees are topless or semi-nude in this case — it’s just not allowed,” he told KCBD-TV.
If necessary, Borrett said she would hire legal representation, but so far business is doing incredibly well.
Since opening the cleaning service, Borrett has been able to move into a home with her 2-year-old daughter.
It’s a huge improvement over her previous living arrangement; she used to split time between her mother’s house, where her daughter stayed, and an Occupy Lubbock camp.
Borrett said she became involved in the Occupy movement for the same reason she opened her business.
“Just securing a better future for myself and my daughter,” she added.