A Colorado woman was denied a massage by a professional masseuse on the grounds that she was too heavy, reports
the Detroit Press
, which for some reason has the scoop.
Six-foot-three, 250 pound Laura Smith of Aurora was refused a massage following a grueling half marathon because, as the proprietor of the massage business allegedly put it, Smith was "too fat" for their tables.
"I'm not tiny, I know that, but I'm working on it," said Smith in reaction to the incident, which left her in tears. "I had planned [the massage] specifically for the day after my marathon, because I knew I'd be hurting."
But Penny Wells of Aurora's Natural Healing Center, where Smith was hoping to get her rubdown, claims a practical reason for turning Smith down: physics. Wells told reporters that she worried her table might collapse under Smith because one had broken under a 165 pound man. Even so, Smith complains of the lack of common courtesy:
"I honestly expected to have some kind of a phone call or something from them, just to say, 'wow, we're really sorry we didn't know it came across that way,' or something, but nothing."