Yellow Pages error rubs massage therapist the wrong way
MINDEN – As a certified massage therapist, Cheryl Morris is all for letting her fingers do the walking.
But the placement of her Yellow Pages ad at the top of the ”Massage-Relaxation” category – right up there with a couple of bordellos where the digital strolls get a whole lot more personal – is rubbing her the wrong way.
Morris changed the name of her business to A-1 Stress Busters so she would lead the ”Massage-Clinical & Therapeutic” section. But when the Verizon telephone books were delivered earlier this month, she discovered that her business had been listed with brothels.
”In some ways, it’s weirdly funny, and in other ways, it’s tragic,” Morris said. ”I just can’t look at it and say, ‘There, there.’ My credibility is at issue.”
In addition to the new name, Morris changed her telephone number and asked that her business be listed in bold type. As things turned out, she said she is just as happy Verizon forgot to make that type change.
Morris contacted Verizon and was told there was little they could do other than offer her free phone service for a year or change her telephone number.
”That doesn’t cut it,” she said. ”Free phone service or a new telephone number doesn’t make up for my credibility or personal safety.”
Since the Yellow Pages were published, Morris said she had two men come to her business on Industrial Way without appointments. At the time, she was working with patients and they left. Morris said she’s had three telephone calls inquiring what type of services she offers since the listing was published.
”I can’t say for sure why those men showed up out of the blue. And as for the phone calls, one definitely wanted something more than I could offer,” she said.
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