he Chinese manager of a spa in Florida has apologized online after being outed for refusing to provide two gay men with the couples massage that they paid for, claiming that he had never before seen a same-sex couple.
Michael Garcia and his boyfriend Arnaldo had paid $109 via Groupon to book a couples massage at the Joy Feet Spa in the city of Naples. However, when they showed up, manager Jerry Liu told them that wasn’t going to happen. In footage of the exchange posted onto Facebook by Garcia, Liu can be seen laughing at the two men as they insist that they are a couple.
When Garcia accuses Liu of discriminating against them because they are gay, Liu explains that a couples massage is only for a man and a woman, pointing to a poster of the offer showing a man and woman as proof, offering to instead let them both have massages at the individual rate.
However, Liu’s thinking on the subject has since changed following the intense backlash that Garcia’s video stirred up. On his spa’s Facebook page, Liu has apologized in a number of posts, declaring that couples massages are available for “man and man or woman and woman and man and woman.”
“I am sorry! I think I am miss understanding about the couple meaning,” Liu wrote in another post. “Couple means a pair or two person considered as joined together as married or engaged pair lovers. However in my county, a couple means a man and a woman as couple. I never see a couple have same sex.”
Liu’s country is China. He moved to the US a few years ago.
In a third post, Liu went on to invite Garcia and his boyfriend back for a free couples massage. Asked if he would be taking Liu up on the offer, Garcia replied “Heck no.”