Woman denied massage because she's "large"


by CNN


Posted on February 18, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 18 at 5:55 PM

Laura Smith is training with her running group for a half-marathon in May. But she couldn't run away fast enough from a painful situation last month.

"I planned it specifically for the day after my marathon because I knew I would be hurting," she said.

Smith had just completed a half-marathon in Arizona and couldn't wait for a massage at Natural Healing Center.

"The doctor comes out and she says, 'I'm sorry but you are too fat for our tables. And you're probably going to break a table and then you will have to pay for it," Smith said. "And I was like in shock, like I'm hearing this?"

She left the center in tears.

Smith who is 6'3" has had massages even before she lost 47 pounds and dropped to about 250 pounds.

"I mean I'm not tiny, I know that. But I'm working on it," she said.

When asked about their side of the story, the owner of the Natural Healing Center that refused Smith service said she called Smith "large" not "fat" and she worried a table might collapse because one had broken under a 165 pound man.

Smith said she expected a phone call from the center with an apology but received none.