Picture this:
You’re a stressed-out, down-on-your-luck New Yorker—with a knife. Times are hard, so you decide burglary is on your to-do list, and of all establishments, you decide to stick up a spa. After your heinous crime-spree, isn’t it only natural to drive your getaway car directly to the SPA and get a therapeutic, celebratory treatment?

After a stressful heist, aren’t you mad you robbed the spa?

There are no pedicures in the pokey!

You don’t have to imagine anymore. Sadly, a version of this unbelievable atrocity has occurred in The Big Apple.

According to NBC news, two men in their twenties stole register cash from three spas at knife-point. The first spa targeted was one of our very own Spa Week spas, Green Phoenix Spa in Midtown. If you mess with Green Phoenix, you mess with us! Don’t make us go all shiatsu on you. Last Monday the robbers hit the Bodywork Foot and Back Spa on Washington Place, and then Shu Xin Services salon on Canal Street on Wednesday. During the  robberies, “The men forced the robbery victim into the bathroom before taking the cash,” says NBC.

Very concerned, we reached out to Green Phoenix to make sure they were okay. We spoke with one of the technicians David, who explained that the experience, though scary, has not affected business: “They came on a Sunday at the end of the day. Sundays are always slow. They just took the money and left. No one got hurt. Everything is okay.” Their positive outlook is truly inspiring.

Help support Green Phoenix! Take advantage of their incredible Spa Deal for March 2011:
60 Min Hot Stone and Deep Tissue Combination Massage. Special: $50; Originally: $75
Call them at 212.221.1330 to book.

Anyone with information about the spa robberies is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577 tips. Individuals can also submit tips online or text tips to 274637, then enter TIP577.

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