File this under: “Are you freaking kidding me?”
Eccotique Spa is officially on my list of places I will never spend my money. Why? Because they came up with an idea to give a free $50 gift certificate to any Stanley Cup rioter wanted by police, if they turn themselves in.
Yes, I am not kidding you. Read and weep :
A local spa group is offering Vancouver Stanley Cup riot suspects the opportunity to confess and de-stress.
In a once-only, limited-time offer, suspected rioters can turn themselves in to any Lower Mainland Eccotique Spa location and receive a special “$50 Calm Down and De-Stress” gift certificate, president Milajne Soligo said in a release.
“These people obviously had a lot of pent-up anger during all the chaos. We think they need to calm down and relax,” she said.
Soligo says each suspect must show photo ID, describe their illegal activity and apply their fingerprints to the gift certificate before turning themselves in.
The gift certificate will be activated once the suspect has an official police arrest form.
“We want to see as many charges laid as possible with this,” said Soligo.
“We’re happy to donate the $50 gift certificates if it identifies the suspects.
You see, this is just a wee bit of what is wrong with society these days. Do we want to see every thief and destructive twit pay some penance? Yes, without a doubt. But bribing them to come forward with a spa certificate so they can be pampered for a while?
Give me a break.
Eccotique Spas, you get two thumbs down for making a joke out of justice.
From the Spa website:
Vancouver rioters – Hand yourself in for a free manicure
Eccotique has come up with an arresting concept which we hope will persuade suspects of the June 15th Vancouver Stanley Cup riot to fess up, in exchange for massages, pedicures, waxes and other spa services. In return for the confessions, individuals will receive special “$50 Calm Down & De-Stress” Gift Certificates in a once-only, limited-time offer.
To qualify, each suspect must show photo ID and describe how they were involved in an illegal activity, such as looting, arson or an aggressive act. They will then apply their fingerprints to the certificate before turning themselves in to the VPD. Once in possession of an official police arrest form, their gift certificate will be activated.
This is a win/win situation for the alleged rioters and the VPD. Suspects can finally come to terms with their conscience, while the police can see justice is done. These people obviously had a lot of pent up anger during all the chaos. We think they need to learn how to calm down and relax, which fits perfectly with our spa offerings.
This is not a reward for the culprits. We want to see as many charges laid as possible with this. We’re happy to donate the $50 gift certificates if it identifies the suspects.