Ahhh, my colleague Linda, occasional pain in the ass she might be, is always a good source of blog-fodder. Case in point: the debate we got into yesterday...
Linda is ALWAYS griping about heavy clients. Hell, she'll inform *you* that your client is "huge" if she caught a glimpse of said client before you had a chance to. Why? I have no idea. It seems to be one of her missions in life. That being said, she really took the cake yesterday when she proclaimed the following:
Linda: You know, we really should charge fat people more for massage.
Linda: Seriously! If I massage a 400-pound person, that's like massaging 2 200-pound people!
Me: First of all, that's discriminatory. Second of all, that's completely untrue, as our clients get timed services. A fifty or eighty-minutes massage is just that. A fat person might end up not getting as *thorough* a massage, since there is more body to work on, but the same goes for someone who is very muscular or really tall. Hell, I massaged a man so tall, he had to duck to get through the door, should we have charged him more? What about the lady I massaged earlier? She was 5 feet tall if she stretched, and maybe weighed 80 pounds, should we give her a discount?!
Linda: Airlines charge fat people more if they have to use two seats!
Me: Yeah, because they're taking up space that another customer could have used, that makes sense. We're not using more time on heavy clients.
Linda (whining now): But it's more WORK for me, so I should get more money!
Me: How is it more work? You need to remember to adjust your table if your client is particularly large, that's all.
Linda: I guess it would be a bit difficult to implement. After all, some people might weigh 275, but look like they weigh 300...
Me (facepalm): So, we'd need to have a scale here, and WEIGH the clients who appear questionable? Charge all clients by the pound?
We left the discussion there, pretty much. Funny thing is, Linda is by no means svelte. So how did she end up so fat-phobic...?