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222 Lafayette St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Spring St.
Frustrating vibe, great massage
By AaronUptown on 1/9/2006
Just to echo the previous comments -- I went to Tui-Na for the first time today, and had the same frustrating experience upon paying. Although I had gotten an hour-long massage (listed as $40), the woman insisted I give her $60. There didn't seem any way to leave without giving her another $20. The thing is, I would have gladly paid $60 in the first place! It was quite a good massage -- sensitive but no-nonsense. So the bait-and-switch price tactic seemed pointless. Also, I should mention there was a guy moaning next to me. The whole thing is a bit surreal.
i can relate, tip was forced
By torpedo26 on 10/15/2005
I recieved a massage here on 10/11/05 upon hearing its the cheapest in manhattan (false, kenmare and mulberry is cheaper at 7$ 10 min, but no oil and you leave your shirt on) a shame, nice massage, nasty tactics. upon me requesting 15 min, they pretended not to speak english, then thought i meant 50 min, and demanded i pay for a 50 min massage after the 15 min massage was compleated. The cost was 12$, when i gave them a 20 she took it and shut the regester! I stood there expecting change for a good 5 min while they pretended I wasnt relevant, my polite gestures didnt interupt them watching chinese soap-operas. Unlike the previous reviewer, upon me making a scene, they did give me my change back, saying now in clear english its polite to leave a tip, which i did, just not 8$, that i handed myself to the massuer, much to their disapointment of just taking it out of my pocket. I actually would return however, they were petrified enough it wouldnt happen again. It was also abundantly clear they were slurring me in their ethnic tongue during the massage.
What a ripoff! Tip was forced!
By mmakayan on 3/7/2005
I found Tui-Na massage place from your site as recommended. Your magazine stated that this store's price is a bargain in the city for 60 minutes at $40. True but here's why the price is not worth it. I came in at 530PM 3/7/05, Monday. I undressed and waited for 5 to 10 minutes. At 625PM, the lady massager was done. That's less than 60 minutes. At the end, she asked me to pay her $10 tip. Yes, she clearly expressed. My first visit and have no idea, I gave in to avoid an embarrasing moment. That's 25% for tip which totaled showed $54.13 on the receipt (tax plus tip tax with a credit card). I don't normally tip this high. I follow the standard tipping scale. With a $40 payment, I should have given her $6. Instead of feeling happy and relax after the massage, I feel cheated. Should the store have a list of tip scale to avoid overtipping and cheating? Can anyone relate to this?
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