Manicure/Pedicure Bars

Australia
May 9, 2008 10:48pm CST
I don't know about you, but when I'm at the shopping centre and I walk past the manicure and pedicure places with the little Asian woman all there in a row squatting down scrubbing people's feet, it makes me think that I totally couldn't handle having that done to me. It always seems like it's just white woman dripping with jewellery who are there getting their feet and nails done. I feel sorry for these women who have to do that and if i were sitting in the chair having that done I would feel as though the little Asian women there were just like slaves, scrubbing my feet. It just really puts me off everytime I walk past there. Does anyone else feel the same?
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@kbourgerie (8774)
• United States
10 May 08
The people that are in those jobs chose to be in them. They weren't handcuffed to the pedicure tubs and made to do something they didn't want to do. They are just as capable of getting jobs in any field as the rest of us are. I don't drip with jewelery, but I get my nails done. Its my treat to myself every couple of weeks. I think I deserve that much. And judging by the number of people in these shops and the price that I pay, in no way are these women being underpaid for the choice they made.
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• Australia
10 May 08
I'm sure they're not being underpaid in developed countries such as ours but I have always wondered why they all tend to be Asian? I am aware that they choose to be there but it's like they can't get jobs anywhere else and they all resort to scrubbing white women's feet.
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@Hatley (164670)
• Garden Grove, California
11 May 08
Perhaps the asian women do not feel that way, and I am sure that they could get other jos but maybe they do not want some other job. It might bother me but it probably does not bother them. also in some religions it is thought to be enobling to wash someones feet not mine but other religions.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
10 May 08
It does not bother me because thats their job and they want to do that..If i felt sorry for them then i would have to say i feel sorry for everyone ,like the plumber that pumps out your toilet etc..Its what they have chosen as their professional,and it pays good...I feel sorry for everyone who has to work,but thats life...I do get pedigures and i appreciate what they do..I always tip them $5.00 beside the $20.00 that they charge...
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@drannhh (15211)
• United States
10 May 08
Oh, absolutely. I would never have somebody tend my feet for me. That is just not going to happen. I don't even have people come in to do my cleaning. Sometimes I get a bit behind, but since my mum and her sisters worked as domestics when they were young, it is a matter of family pride to never put someone else in that position. I am also amazed to see people getting personal services such as manicures or their hair done in public places. I guess most people just are not as private as we are. Neither hubby nor I ever go to get our hair fixed at a salon. We help each other sometimes, but generally do our own. Of course we have that wonderful toy called Robocut that hooks up to the vacuum cleaner and gives a perfect cut in 5 minutes. Much more fun that going out and having to tip somebody. Gad I hate tipping! Although today we had a guy come in to do some restoration work and he was so pleasant and efficient and did such a great job that we did give him a little extra.
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@Hatley (164670)
• Garden Grove, California
11 May 08
drannhh there is really nothing wrong with having a haircut and a styling by someone else. some of us cannot cut our own hair and besides that is our treat to ourselves. Why is that so wrong? maybe that is our cultural differences eh? but do respect us as I respect you for your view. I do not see it as personal services doneinpublic then you would have scorned me for shelving books in a public library? No this must be a cultural thing I am as private as the next person but I cannot cut my own hair so must go to a hairdresser.here where I live that is not scorned and the women make damned good wages too.
@drannhh (15211)
• United States
11 May 08
Hatley, I am not saying it is wrong for you to do it, but rather that I am surprised that so many actually enjoy the experience as I certainly would not. One of my favorite myLotters (yes I try not to have favorites, but this person is special) is a hairdresser, but I just do not go out for such services myself, and especially would not want anybody working on my feet. Of course, some people for one reason or another cannot reach to tend their own fee, and would need help. But I think the emphasis of this discussion was more toward those who could do their own, but do not. Maybe I'm wrong.
@Rosekitty (19443)
• San Marcos, Texas
10 May 08
No I don't cause i know they make alot of money off of us silly American's..LOL..at least thats what they tell me...they think its weird that we tip..so they don't mind doing out hands and feet as long as we continue tipping! They are the best at doing it too!..Great nails!
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@jesbellaine (4157)
• Philippines
10 May 08
I honestly don't feel sorry for them because their job is decent and they are working hard for it. I don't go to manicure/pedicure salon/bars though but some of my friends did. They said that the manicurists there are nice people and they must love their work because they satisfy their customers. Cheers!
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@itsmepinky (1301)
• India
10 May 08
As an asian i really feel sad to hear abt such things. Its as if the white women want to prove their dignity and pride. Its not considered right to consider asians as slaves. I think being a beautician is a decent job as long as it helps in suporrting a family. ~Pinks~
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
10 May 08
Hi coffeeshot! While I was reading this post, I felt sad somehow. I am an Asian and to hear comments like that makes me wonder if life is really fair. I know they are doing the best they can to earn decently but it is a back breaking job somehow. I know for a fact that so many of my educated countrymen have gone abroad to work so they can send money home. They accept jobs that are low,low beyond their educational attainment but sometimes most of us do not have a choice. We live in a third world country and we can only take pride of our education and character. I just hope those white women who are having their nails done will tip then good. Just my thoughts. Take care and have a nice day!
@whittby (3073)
• United States
11 May 08
I just had a lovely manicure and pedicure last week. I don't know what specific nationality the woman who did the work was, I didn't ask. We had a very nice time despite a language barrier and were able to have a number of good laughs. I had a back massage from the chair when I was getting the pedicure too - that was absolutely what I needed - I want one of those!. I gave her a tip and thanked her and will go back. She did her job with dignity and skill. It was very special for me to have all this done as I don't go often and she made me feel special without demeaning herself. I feel put off a little occasionally, I know what you mean, but by the whole situation of educated folks from other countries coming here and accepting low paying jobs to get by or send money home. There's a number of ways to look at this and would make a good second discussion for you.
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@djmarion (4901)
• Philippines
10 May 08
that's their job, that's their choice and that's where they get the money for their daily living. we should not feel sorry for them, being a manicurist or a beautician is a noble job, there's nothing to be ashamed of. being able to get that job done requires skills and those people are highly skilled in doing that, imagine we entrust them our feet and nails. if they are not capable what will happen to our nails?
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@Hatley (164670)
• Garden Grove, California
11 May 08
I have never seen that done the scrubbing of ones feet. I have seen a pedicrue and manicure place here in tustin but not like that. I would hate that as it would make me feel badly and anyway nobody touches my feet.Iam horribly ticklish and scrubbing on my feet would actually make me ill. Maybe they do not do that here in the US. hope that they do not.No I would feel the same as you.