More Than I Wanted To Know About Craigslist “Massages” Near Heathrow…

More Than I Wanted To Know About Craigslist “Massages” Near Heathrow…

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So I landed at Terminal 4 at Heathrow Airport earlier, then took the bus to Terminal 5, because I’m spending the night at the Sofitel. The Sofitel is connected to Terminal 5 by walkway, so as usual I took some pictures as I was going down the walkway.

A guy passed me, and said “You’re going to the Sofitel? You still have quite a ways to go.” I laughed, and assumed that was the end of it.

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Then he stopped me and started talking. “Did you land here, or where are you coming from?”

“I landed at Terminal 4 and took the bus here, which took about 20 minutes.”

“Well you know there’s a Hilton at Terminal 4, stay there next time.”

“Yeah, I’ve stayed there before, but wanted to try something new. I’ve heard this hotel is nicer.”

Up until this point it seemed like a normal conversation, perhaps except for the fact that the conversation started to begin with.

And then things took a turn for the… strange.

“Do you like massages?”

“Yeah, I love massages.”

“Well you can get really cheap massages around here.”

“Oh, where?”

Let me clarify at this point that I thought we were talking about legitimate massages. There’s nothing I love more than going to Chinatown or Thai Town and getting a cheap, good (legitimate) massage. I figured maybe there was a cheap massage place somewhere near the Sofitel, which I may have been interested in.

“Well go onto Craigslist, there are lots of people near Heathrow. But when they come to your room just make sure you meet them in the lobby, because they need a key to get in the elevator. I learned the hard way. Do you care if it’s a guy or girl?”

“Oh….”

rhony

“Well I recommend going with a guy. They’re cheaper, and they actually do a better job. Just close your eyes when they finish, and you won’t even know it’s a guy. It’s not like it’s romantic.”

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  1. ericnyc Guest

    On the post, I strongly disagree with J. This is a travel blog, not The Economist. Posts like this add color and make it more fun to read. Keep up the good work!

  2. Craig Guest

    I wish people would stop looking at my private list for massage assists!

  3. Craig Guest

    Would be great if I could redeem some Avios for someone to pull my plonker at the Heathrow Holiday Inn Ariel.

  4. Jill Guest

    Love the funny stories. Keep them coming!

  5. Brian Guest

    About the quality of the posts, I wholeheartedly disagree with J. I think the content is as good as ever. You have many posts during the day, and somehow they are consistently well done. These off-beat posts are highly welcome, as well. They give your blog a touch of personality and show your sass. Please don't be bullied into watering your blog down into something boring.

  6. Sleepy Guest

    If it happened to Inspector Clousseau, it can happen to anyone. Don't you try these tricks Anglais with me, monsieur.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzbgpGuX6-s

  7. AlexS Diamond

    Ben, you're losing your touch! You forgot to recommend which credit card would be the best to put your massage spend on!

    I'd have to vote for the Chase Freedom Unlimited, which would give you 1.5x UR points per dollar spent (or 2.25 if paired with the Chase Sapphire Reserve) or possibly the Citi Double Cash or Fidelity 2% card. That's 4 referral links you could have posted.

  8. tim Member

    This blog is going downhill fast

  9. Harrold Guest

    "Just close your eyes when they finish"

    OHMYGOSH

    I can't believe a random guy at an airport said that to you!!

  10. J Guest

    Ben, I used to be an avid reader of your post. I remember the days of valuable content. Nowadays, I think you've lost your mojo. (See: this post or the one about your friend hiding in the closet. Should I go on?) I hope you find the spirit (not airlines) to come up with some better posts soon. Hopefully these new posts will include actual travel tips or strategies to enhance our airplane and hotel experiences.

  11. Bernie Guest

    There are still a couple of open questions. 1) Can you redeem miles for massages at Heathrow after all? 2) Does the economy mileage redemption include happy ending, or only the premium redemption?

  12. Dan Allen Member

    Ben -

    He was trying to pick you up!

  13. Lady She Guest

    I bet the bellboy can hook you up someone better.

  14. KUL Guest

    Well you told the Rolling Stone that you got an involuntary handjob on an airplane. Is a happy ending massage that much different?

  15. gsd101 New Member

    I can't believe no one has asked yet...so how was the massage? hahahaha

  16. losingtrader Member

    Maybe you just look like you have to pay for it, lol.

    But craigslist?
    That's where the police are always catching people in the US.
    Especially the ones who mention "Tina."
    It becomes a prostitution bust and a meth bust in one.
    I look around on there for a good laugh every once in awhile.
    I was trying to price a rental apartment and found a landlord offering a room...

    Maybe you just look like you have to pay for it, lol.

    But craigslist?
    That's where the police are always catching people in the US.
    Especially the ones who mention "Tina."
    It becomes a prostitution bust and a meth bust in one.
    I look around on there for a good laugh every once in awhile.
    I was trying to price a rental apartment and found a landlord offering a room for $400 per month or $350 if you let him perform weekly sex on you.
    Wow, that saves $12.50 per week. what a deal.

  17. Melbcollege Member

    @MarkP best comment ever! Happy ending with Antonio in 10 pictures haha

  18. Mike Guest

    Dude, I just had dinner.

  19. QR Guest

    @lucky — Ha, I suppose so...I guess I'm just trying to scrub what he actually means out of my mind. Sorry that this story didn't have a happy ending...

  20. Jeff Guest

    The crazy stuff you hear traveling the world.

  21. Ang Guest

    This is the second time Lucky. I would really start changing your body language.

    After 2 exchanges with a stranger I have met in public, I always shift from an open stance to a closed one with both toes pointed in the direction I was going. If that does not work I with half step or full step away keeping head and upper body so I an keep eyeballs on the stranger. I have also...

    This is the second time Lucky. I would really start changing your body language.

    After 2 exchanges with a stranger I have met in public, I always shift from an open stance to a closed one with both toes pointed in the direction I was going. If that does not work I with half step or full step away keeping head and upper body so I an keep eyeballs on the stranger. I have also kept walking when I'm told there is a great distance to traverse. They might be being helpful or they might be informing you that there is no help close by for an intimidation con.

    One thing to realize is that criminals have radically changed tactics since gate areas are now boarding pass only. Once you are outside security you are in the area criminals can play now.

  22. Santastico Diamond

    Ohhhhhh, happy ending!!!! My mother always told me since i was little: "Never talk to strangers!!!" :)

  23. Andrew Guest

    I was there last night and I was never offered advice on my way in!

  24. Ali New Member

    But why Antonio, being London it's more likely to be Chester.

  25. ThirdPassport Guest

    Agreed with Chris_IOW. As a Londoner I would have ignored everything after "You're going to the Sofitel?".

  26. Gene Diamond

    What pavel said....

  27. MarkP New Member

    That's pretty funny. Although I think you'd get quite a lot of attention for a review series of the sketchy massages of Heathrow! "Happy ending with Antonio in 10 pictures...."

    Might be quite useful for some business travelers!

  28. Alex Guest

    You never know, you might be getting... "Lucky" tonight.

    *I'm sorry. I'll leave now.
    *The door is over here? No?
    *Ok, I'll just sit here then.

  29. Nancy Guest

    HAHHA that's a good one.

  30. pavel Guest

    maybe it's the new yorker in me but why would you even stop to chat with this guy?

  31. Chris Gold

    Thanks. I will now be much more careful when responding to people who offer to give me a hand.

  32. Wes Guest

    Four Seasons Hotel New York

  33. Phil Winstanley Guest

    Spookily I'm in the same hotel tonight.

    That isn't me offering you a massage though !

    Don't bother with the club ...

  34. QR Guest

    There's so many ways to interpret "finish." Hmm.

    1. lucky OMAAT

      @ QR -- Really? I thought there was just one way to interpret it...

  35. Chris_IOW Member

    Yeah...there's a reason Londoners don't talk to each other...

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ericnyc Guest

On the post, I strongly disagree with J. This is a travel blog, not The Economist. Posts like this add color and make it more fun to read. Keep up the good work!

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Craig Guest

I wish people would stop looking at my private list for massage assists!

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Craig Guest

Would be great if I could redeem some Avios for someone to pull my plonker at the Heathrow Holiday Inn Ariel.

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