Today, whilst exiting a burrito shop during our lunch break, my wife and I saw a massage parlour with a sign outside offering a “Walk-in back rub”.
Considering the shop was in a pedestrianised road with no vehicle access, I did wonder exactly how else they expected us to enter the palour without, well, walking in.
I suppose we could draw numbered chalk squares in front of their door and hopscotch in, but that just seems a bit extreme.
Plus, I’d left my chalk in my other coat.
This got me thinking.
What if I’m drunk? Would they refuse to accept ‘stagger-in’ customers? Mind you, that’s probably for the best; i’d fall asleep, fart and promptly vomit on their floor. Then every customer would be a ‘slide-in’.
And what if we danced in? Would they shun those of us who choose to Merengue through their door (cha cha cha)? Dancers need back rubs too.
What about wheelchair users, clowns on unicycles, or those on horseback?
And what if I’d tripped on a paving stone and accidentally stumbled through the door and into their parlour? One could argue that I’d ‘tripped in’, but what if they hadn’t actually seen the trip and only saw the moment where i’d regained my balance? Would I be obliged to purchase a back rub?
After the baby sized burrito we’d just eaten they could market them as a ‘walk-in burping’.
As we strolled away, I couldn’t help but smile at the thought of adding a ‘g’ to their sign.
A ‘walking back rub’ would be perfect, as time was running out and we needed to get back to work.