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Bubbles And Babes Down Under: Drought Drives Australians to Nude Car Wash

A nude car wash, with X-rated shows and topless girls, has been given the green light by local authorities in Brisbane, Australia. The historic drought Down Under prohibits people from washing their own cars, and now they are looking for some raunchy entertainment while they wait for their cars to be cleaned.

Australians are known for their laid-back, glass-half full attitude to life. Now, with the country suffering its worst drought in decades, the Aussies have come up with a novel invention: the nude carwash. And some appalled local residents have found that there is nothing they can do about it.

Residents of Brisbane, in the tropical state of Queensland, have been told that they will just have to put up with the X-rated car wash in their community. Local police and government say no laws are being broken, so they can't shut the carwash down.

The Bubbles'n'Babes car wash is the brainchild of a local strip club owner, Warren Armstrong. For 55 Australian dollars ($45) customers get a regular old topless car wash, while a fully nude car wash -- with X-rated floorshow included -- will set a hot-blooded Aussie back a full 100 dollars.

"It’s a bit more fun than having a coffee and reading a newspaper while someone else washes your car," Armstrong told National Nine News.

But not everyone welcomes the idea of scantily clad ladies soaping down cars in their community -- since it opened the car wash has provoked a wave of complaints from some of Brisbane's concerned citizens. Local councillor David McLachlan tried to have the car wash shut down by looking into whether the owner had exploited a city-planning loophole. But the local mayor, Campbell Newman, told a meeting of councillors on Tuesday that there was nothing to be done. "If it was approved for a car wash, then I can't imagine how we can stop them."

Professional car washes are a booming business Down Under, as many drought-stricken Australians are banned from washing their own cars due to tough water restrictions. The so-called "Big Dry," has driven snakes into town in search of water and thirsty camels have gone on the rampage through campsites in the outback.

Queensland police insist that there has been no cover up, or corruption, in connection with the car wash staying in business. They say the raunchy business isn't conducted in public and the owner adheres to the law by using recycled water.

While the local cops are happy to live and let live, they aren’t being completely blasé about the risks involved, insisting the carwash be screened off from the view of passing motorists. As Superintendent Colin Campell told reporters. "We don't want any traffic accidents caused by people looking at the girls instead of looking at the road."

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