Thursday, December 20, 2007
And this one wasn't even on wheels - WITH AN UPDATE
About six months ago, the pictured Accupuncture and Massage studio opened at the corner of Garey and Lincoln. That's where I usually turn into the area to go home, so I couldn't help but notice the errr interesting hours they kept at 1290 N. Garey Blvd. Now I'm not out on the town at night too much because of Mr. Big, but it seemed that every time I do come home late, such as 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, that the Accupuncture and Massage studio had an "open" sign on the door and the lights were on inside and on the porch. I had actually started to write this post a couple of weeks ago, but I was worried about possibly badmouthing a new Pomona business. Plus I know too well the wonders of accupuncture, so I really did want to be a believer.
Well a few days ago, I read in the Daily Bulletin that there were arrests for suspected prostitution at a few area massage parlors, including 1290 N. Garey. But as of yesterday, 1290 N. Garey still had the "open" sign on the door and the lights on. Now today when I took todays' photo, the porch light is off and the open sign is down. Although it's worth noting that the friendly, large red bow is still on the door.
I have called the posted number for the massage studio, but just get their answering machine: a young woman of perhaps Thai descent that announces that they charge fifty dollars for accupuncture and "thirty, forty dollars" for massage (just in case you were wondering how much these things go for these days -- althought it sounds like they're somewhat flexible). Update: I've just talked to Dr. Lu at the posted phone number. Dr. Lu told me that he is the owner and accupuncturist at the business. He assures me that there has never been anyone arrested there. He said that he only has two employees, both females. He said that news of the arrests were also in a Chinese daily newspaper, and that he has already gone down to the police station yesterday morning and the police confirmed there was no arrest at his business. He told me that he will be in contact with the DAily Bulletin for them to do a retraction, and is contacting his attorney either way. (Looks like he'll need to get in line behind Mayor Torres at the DB Complaint window tomorrow.)
I've written emails to the neighborhood watch captains and the Chief, and will do one now to Paula Lantz, asking them to get more information about this matter. Any response I get will be the subject of a future post.