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Massage parlours rub motorists the wrong way

Tecom residents peeved by massage parlours and freelancers sticking business cards on their car windows

  • By Sharmila Dhal, Chief Reporter
  • Published: 21:07 September 18, 2013
  • XPRESS

  • Image Credit: SUPPLIED
  • A car at Tecom adorned with cards offering “massage and relaxation” services

Dubai: Tecom residents are crying foul over what they call a “masseur menace” in car parks.

Officegoers, shoppers and residents living in the area said massage parlours and freelance masseurs and masseuses turn their car windows into veritable billboards by sticking their business cards in them.

“I just have to go into the supermarket for 10 minutes and there will be at least five to six cards on my car,” said Rima, a Lebanese resident, as she headed towards the Robinson Supermarket.

Deepa Bhatia, an Indian businesswoman working in the area, said the cards appear at any time of the day. “I visit my workplace at different times of the day and these cards will pop up every time. I have found at least a dozen cards on either side at times and it is such a nuisance.”

Chris, a finance executive working in the Grosvenor Business Tower, said: “I can pick and choose if I like considering the number of cards that appear on my car. It’s really crazy, especially when I hear about how some parlours are fronts for dubious activities. I wish they would leave us and our vehicles alone.”

Another office-goer Prateek recounted how he had to take his car to a mechanic after some cards slipped inside and got stuck in the vehicle’s window frame. “Residents said the cards invariably have mobile numbers listed on them with pictures of partially dressed men and women. They offer a range of “massage and relaxation” services with Indian, Filipino, Chinese, Thai, Malaysian and Moroccan options.

One card from a “spa” says it is open from 10am to 1.30am. Another centre offers its services till 12.30am.

Bhatia said she has waited in a corner on some occasions to see who could be placing the cards. “I saw a couple of men once. I don’t know who is doing this and how they manage to fill up so many car windows with so many cards in such a short time.”

Chris said people prefer to use the open car park because it is free. “But I guess we are paying a price for it by putting up with the masseur menace.”

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  1. Added 15:07 September 19, 2013

    i don't think that there is a big issue its only a way of marketing. don't take it serious. Its just the way of Advertising.

    Aamir Sohail, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 14:46 September 19, 2013

    I live in the same area and it is really frustrating, sometimes you are in a hurry and you waste your time by throwing the dozen of the clipped cards, TECOM is becoming a nest for the illegal massage parlors which most of them are located in a residential towers, the authorities has to take action to shut it down.

    Wassim, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:41 September 19, 2013

    Its just cards no big issue. People are such a cry babies nowadays

    singh, mumbai, India

  4. Added 14:38 September 19, 2013

    If you ever visit the Tecom area you will be surprise to see that the color of the road is white .. due to these cards being thrown The issue is by putting these card in the door, the glass rubber get cut at time. Secondly are these really massage parlour or something else. :)

    faisal, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 14:33 September 19, 2013

    This reminds me of the phone booths in London and other European cities but the only difference there is the cards you find are for escort women. I think this is the same in Dubai but disguised as massage parlours. I think authorities should find the people posting them and fine them as it is very intrusive and should be stopped.

    Zoom, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 14:13 September 19, 2013

    Every time I got to the university from 6 to 10 pm I have to find several cards on my car and the cars parked on either side. It is a form of hands on marketing. If instead of the massage cards we had events or even discount cards no one would mind. That being the case maybe they can tone down the number of cards they leave on the car, a maximum of 1 card per car would be reasonable.

    Omar, Dubai, United States

  7. Added 11:20 September 19, 2013

    i don't think that there is a big issue its only a style of marketing. If instead of spa cards a lottery ticket is there then every one would like to have one. Throwing card in garbage box is a very easy thing to do.

    Jamal, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 11:00 September 19, 2013

    I've actually started collecting them now! The massage parlours change their card designs once every week or two weeks so that you think its a new place. I've seen two men and a woman wearing satchels they hang around the parking lots and pull out the cards from their satchel bags. They've gotten very good at it that they have lightning fast speed!

    Yasmin, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 10:54 September 19, 2013

    The authorities should be closed down massage parlours. Also placing visiting cards, which have pictures of women is embassraaing for the people who travel with family.

    Abdul Jaleel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 10:38 September 19, 2013

    Every one wants to advertise their business, ways of earning for a living, they do give u a choice of either going for it or not. I too everyday just throw all these cards from my window.

    Pankaj, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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