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Florida spa manager apologizes for refusing gay couple a massage, blames his culture for not considering two men to be a couple


A Florida spa manager denied two gay men a couples massage because they were not a heterosexual couple. (iStockphoto)

A Florida spa manager has apologized after denying two gay men a couples massage because they were not were not a heterosexual couple.

He then blamed his unspecified home country for not considering same sex partners to be a couple.

One of the men — who goes by Michael Levenosa on Facebook and asked the Daily News not to use his real last name — posted a video to Facebook Monday of the exchange that took place at Joy Feet Spa in the city of Naples.

“My boyfriend and I decided that we wanted to have a relaxing Monday,” he wrote. “So we Prepaid $109 and booked a couples massage...When we arrived the manager refused to service us because we are two gay men.

“He made it clear it had to be a man and a woman. Even after we told him we already paid he still denied us the couples massage,” the post continues. “Today my humanity has been tested.”

In the four-minute video, a man sitting behind the reception desk who identifies himself as a manager can be seen and heard denying a coupon, saying, “It’s a man and a woman for the couples’ [massage].”

The manager also said that for two men, it’s a “different price” and “$60 for each person if you want to do that.”

One of the men told him, “we already paid $109” for the couples massage.

On Monday night, the manager, identified by NBC News as Jerry Liu, posted a public apology on Joy Feet Spa’s Facebook page.

“I am sorry! I think I am miss understanding about the couple meaning,” Liu wrote. “Couple means a pair or two person considered as joined together as married or engaged pair lovers. However in my county, a couple means a man and a woman as couple…So I am sorry, I didn’t mean discriminate any gay or lesbian.”

He also begged, “please don’t ruin my job,” and added that he only moved to the U.S. a few years ago. “I think American people will forgive the small mistake by the culture,” Liu wrote.

In the comments section of his post, Liu also offered to give the couple a one-hour massage for free to “say sorry.”

Not everyone was buying the sincerity of the apology though, with comments ranging from “Ahhhh the ‘I didn’t understand’ excuse” to “I hope they close your business.”