Woman who weighs 250 pounds is denied massage by spa owner who said she is 'too fat' and 'will break the table'... one day after she completed a half-marathon
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
A Colorado woman who is training for a half-marathon is outraged after she was denied a massage at a spa by the owner - who said she was 'too fat' and 'would probably break the table.' Laura Smith, who weighs 250 pounds and stands 6-foot-3, admits she isn't 'tiny,' but she is furious with Penny Wells, a so-called 'doctor of Oriental medicine' at Natural Healing Center in Aurora, Colorado.
The incident came one day after she finished running a half-marathon. A local chiropractor said most massage tables are built to hold 2,000 pounds, and have a 'working weight' of 500 pounds - twice what Ms Smith weighs. 'She, the doctor, came out and said, "I’m sorry. But you are too fat for our table. You’ll probably break it and you’ll have to pay for it." I was like in shock. I’m hearing this?' Ms Smith told Fox Denver.
Ms Smith said she left the office in tears after the incident on January 21. Ms Wells refused an on-camera interview, but she said she called Ms Smith 'large,' not 'fat.' She said a 165-pound client had recently broken a massage table and she was concerned Ms Smith might break a table, as well. Dr Jim Kambeitz, of Kambeitz Chiropractic Health and Wellness, in nearby Centennial said he's never heard of a massage table breaking under the eight of a client.
'I don’t know about this facility, maybe they need to re-look at their benches,' he said. Dr Kambeitz says he works on players for the Denver Avalanche NHL team - massive athletes - and hasn't experienced a problem with his tables in 15 years. Ms Smith said the spa owner's words were especially stinging because she has recently lost 47 pounds and had run a half-marathon in Arizona the day before.
She is continuing to run and plans to complete another 13-mile race in May. 'I expected some kind of phone call or something from them. Just to say "Wow, we are really sorry we did not know it came across that way." Nothing,' Ms Smith said. She said the painful incident shook her confidence in her weight-loss scheme, but, with her friends and trainers behind her, she's continuing to work out.