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What Would You Do?

Over the weekend, a friend and I went to get manicures. I’ve been to this place before for pedicures, and it was very nice, so I suggested it. As we were getting our nails done, the woman doing mine clipped my cuticle on one finger too close to a cut I already had and cut another too short. Both started bleeding. The first time it happened, I assured the woman that it wasn’t a problem – the cut on my finger was really close to the nail and I expected it to happen. After the second time, my friend suggested that I ask to get it for free.

I felt really uncomfortable asking for that, but I also feel like I really should have. After all, we had paid and tipped before we got to that point – since it was a manicure and no one wants that to get smudged, they ask that you pay before they start painting your nails. I always tip fairly well, but only for good service. For example, one time when I was out for dinner, I asked for the usual things to be left out of my meal. When they weren’t and the waiter blamed me at first – and then I didn’t get a discount or my dinner for free, which is what usually happens when this sort of thing happens – I didn’t tip him well at all. So the fact that I had already paid and tipped meant that I couldn’t demonstrate my displeasure in my tip.

What do you think? Should I have asked about this or said something?

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  • Reply Rebecca

    I think you should have said something…the last time my mom, sister, and I went out for manicures the manicurist was talking badly about my mom and sister in Spanish. I felt awkward, but I confronted them. We're paying for a service, and we deserve to get to a fairly normal standard.

    February 5, 2014 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Kiki

    That is always such a hard situation and I am not usually the one to confront people even though I know I should.

    February 5, 2014 at 3:38 pm
  • Reply Laura

    I would have asked to speak to a manager, since it happened twice in the same visit. It's very easy to get staph infections from manicure places (since you can never be 100% sure they're cleaning the equipment unless they take it out of a sealed package). Better safe than sorry!

    February 5, 2014 at 4:59 pm
  • Reply Rambling Hermit

    I wouldn't have asked to get it for free but I would definitely said something and not gone back.

    February 5, 2014 at 5:32 pm
  • Reply eHa

    I always feel awkward in situations like that. When it something important like food or possible infections I would try to talk to a manager but I would be worried about taking money away from low paid workers.

    February 5, 2014 at 8:28 pm
  • Reply Jenn @ hello, rigby!

    I had this happen to me a few years ago. It was during the winter, and I get really dry skin, and thus my cuticles are much more delicate. The lady was clipping away and talking to another tech and cut me twice on the same finger. I didn't say anything other than "ouch!" and "could you clip a little less?"… and she just continued on. I ended up having a really beat up nail bed because she also filed over it. I left her a pretty tiny tip and I never went back to the place.

    jenn @ hello, rigby!

    February 6, 2014 at 8:00 am
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