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Aibu to wonder why people having thier smelly feet chowed on by poor captive fish is public entertainment?

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fannybaws Tue 21-Jun-11 19:12:36

Having a perfectly nice browse around the shops this afternoon when I came across this fish pedicure stand, right in the middle of the shopping centre.
I don't even have a probloem with feet generally but just yuk!
What next public ear cleaning, group colonics??grin

LittleMissFlustered Tue 21-Jun-11 19:15:00

There are stands for eyebrow threading all over my town at the minute. Not my cup of tea, but it's amusing watching a newbie wince as they have it donegrin

kaluki Tue 21-Jun-11 19:15:50

Ugh. I agree this is vile.
Why on earth would you let a fish nibble the dead skin off your feet when seconds earlier it was nibbling on someone elses disgusting feet?
I feel sorry for the poor fish.

diabolo Tue 21-Jun-11 19:18:01

Where I go on holiday, (only the Med) the little fishes do this for free! Tickles like you would not believe.

Pay for it? No thank you.

Pumpernickel10 Tue 21-Jun-11 19:18:06

I've actually had this done, and I'll be honest my feet felt fabulous afterwards so smooth and no hard skin. It may be a bit yuk but it works better than any pedicure I've ever had.

Pumpernickel10 Tue 21-Jun-11 19:18:47

Mine was free as my friends got a beauty salon smile

Pumpernickel10 Tue 21-Jun-11 19:19:29

I think she charges £25 so there's money in fishes

SmethwickBelle Tue 21-Jun-11 19:23:23

I think it sounds rank too, Groupon is always pleading with me to take up increasingly heavily discounted offers on it so I think it might be one of those things that was a novelty that has now passed.

HidinginaHardHat Tue 21-Jun-11 19:25:04

We've had two shops open here for the sole (ba boom boom, im here all day) purpose of providing these fish pedicures. I don't get it. Ick. YANBU

Pumpernickel10 Tue 21-Jun-11 19:25:32

Well I liked it but I'm pretty rank though

fatlazymummy Tue 21-Jun-11 19:33:53

I just give myself a pedicure. I don't really want animals attending to my personal grooming. Just like I wouldn't get a dog to lick my privates instead of washing them. Same sort of thing to me.

Pumpernickel10 Tue 21-Jun-11 19:37:20

Mandy2003 Tue 21-Jun-11 19:41:46

I'm not sure SmethwickBell - I keep getting increased discounts offered on burgers and pizzas! I think the fish pedicure is incredibly cruel to the fish and incredibly unhygienic. If they add more chemicals to improve the hygiene the fish suffer more so its a no-win situation IMO.

DurhamDurham Tue 21-Jun-11 19:48:38

Me and my 14 year old DD had a 'fish pedicure' and it great fun! It tickled a lot , we were sat side by side and were laughing all the time. We paid £15 each for 25 mins and it was worth every penny. Our feet felt lovely and smooth and we enjoyed our 'girly' time together. DH thought it a grand waste of money grin

Pumpernickel10 Tue 21-Jun-11 20:01:28

I though the same Durham my feet felt like new

Pumpernickel10 Tue 21-Jun-11 20:03:17

Mandy they don't add any chemicals to the water and these fish already feed off dead skin off other fish,mainly sharks etc. That's what these fish eat dead skin so how is it cruel?

Mandy2003 Tue 21-Jun-11 20:09:51

Paragraph 7 after a quick search

Pumpernickel10 Tue 21-Jun-11 20:14:35

Thanks Mandy I wasn't sure to be honest, thanks for that, it's give me something to think about. I think it's a new thing in the UK so we don't know of the dangers with it, I certainly didn't.

Mandy2003 Tue 21-Jun-11 20:16:31

OK Pumpernickel smile

I had a further search, most of the references have copied the Observer article word for word but I think this gives a fairly good view.

ashamedandconfused Tue 21-Jun-11 20:36:04

OMG have you seen further down in that link!! bull semen conditioner and nightingale droppings for facials!!!!!

aquashiv Tue 21-Jun-11 20:43:08

I had it done and spent most of the time time trying not to screach. It does bloody hurt. The queue cleared. My feet were smoother though.... Imagine being them fish in the old food chain - poor things yuck.

hiddenhome Tue 21-Jun-11 20:44:55

Fish should not be used in this way. They're living creatures and deserve some respect. The environment that they are kept in is not natural and can lead to their deaths. Ask the store owners how often they need to restock hmm

anothermum92 Tue 21-Jun-11 20:47:30

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Fimbo Tue 21-Jun-11 20:49:42

According to dd you are not allowed to have them nibbled if you have veruccas, wonder if it applies to corns too?

sherbetpips Tue 21-Jun-11 20:54:15

Limbo - no corns are not viral

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