With all that is going on in the world today, this little problem I faced today is a small one. None-the-less, I have never liked being screwed without a climax and I think that screwing almost took place today.
Like most residents in San Diego, I receive several monthly advertisements offering me discounts, free gifts, reduced price items. This is not about those advertisements; rather it is about one particular advertiser.
A friend called me and asked if I would like to go with her today to have a “Shellac Manicure.” Since it has been 28 days since my last one, I thought it would be fun. She found, in the “Get One Free” catalogue a “shellac manicure” for $20. The only restriction I could find, besides the expiration date of 1/31/12 was that it was for “new clients only. I had never been to the “Rose Canyon Beauty and Spa” before; hence I qualified as a “new client.” My friend made reservations for both of us.
When we entered the salon there was immediately some confusion; the manicurist thought we were there for a pedicure, but we quickly stated that we were there for the shellac manicure and had reservations. We each sat down in the designated spaces. The manicurist looked at my friend’s nails, which were polished with regular nail polish. Then she looked at mine, which had a shellac polish on them and told me that the price would be $5 more to remove the polish. I asked her why and was told that I had to pay for her time in removing the polish. I said that the coupon did not state that any place and it was false advertising. She said that all salons charged $5 more to remove the shellac. I said that I have gone to 6 different salons for a shellac manicure and never paid more to have the polish removed.
I decided not to take advantage of the coupon as the salon would have been taking advantage of me if I had agreed to the extra $5 price. I can’t help but feel that the salon owner actually ended up losing money because 1) – I did not pay the unadvertised price to have the polish removed; 2) If she had done a good job with the manicure I would be back and now it was obvious that I would not patronize her shop again; 3) My friend will never go back either, since she now has a shellac manicure and they would charge her more to remove it for the next manicure; and 4) I told her I would tell everyone that I come in contact with about the false advertising.
So….I truly believe this is false advertising. Do you agree?