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"Sugardaddy seeking his sugarbaby ... Ask me about your monthly allowance." Seems innocuous enough, right? After all, it's 2017 -- alternative relationship are accepted, if not celebrated, and some legal experts are even recommending sugar daddies as an alternative means to fund a law school education.
But putting that message on a business card and handing it out to underage girls at the beach is altogether something different. So say goodbye to your prospects of landing a sugar baby, Richard Basaraba, and say hello to a six-month ban from al the beaches in Volusia County, Florida.
"I'm really upset about it. This really knocked me for a loop," Basaraba told the Daytona Beach News-Journal, saying he was "devastated" by the ban. According to him it had all been a bit of a joke:
Basaraba said he recently ordered a T-shirt that reads, "Accepting application 4A sugar baby" to wear during his daily walks on the beach. The shirt had proven a conversation starter, he said.
"I've had women stop me and say, 'I want to take a picture with you in this shirt.' They want to put them on Facebook," said Basaraba.
He, too, posted some of the photos on his Facebook page.
"Anything I've ever posted only gets three or four likes. I posted this (photo of me posing with a woman in a bikini) and got 78 likes," he said.
He ordered business cards that included an email address about a week-and-a-half ago to match his shirt, he said, using a stock image he found online. He only gave out five or six but did not receive any emails.
How would he respond if someone wrote to him in search of a sugar daddy? "That's a good question. I don't know," he said, adding that he has deleted the email account and related Facebook posts and trashed the business cards.
But one mother didn't see the humor in Basaraba's proposition. Karolina Seaman told officers Basaraba approached her 16-year-old Oviedo daughter and two 18-year-old friends and handed one of her friends a business card. According to the police report, after Basaraba learned the girls' ages, he held up a bra pad and said he was looking for someone to fill it, adding that the 16-year-old "would be perfect," and she should contact him when she turned 18.
Basaraba wasn't arrested but was issued a trespass order banning him from all beaches and walkovers for six months. "I read in the paper about men who have sex with underage women and their life is gone," he told the News-Journal. "I can show you my bank account. I don't have any assets. I don't have money, just enough to live. I don't have money for a sugar baby."
Fortunately he wasn't also cited for false advertising.
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