Dubai authorities propose crackdown on “massage service” card vendors

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“Massage” service cards left on a car in Dubai (YouTube)
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“Massage” service cards left on a car in Dubai (Twitter)
Updated 16 August 2017

Dubai authorities propose crackdown on “massage service” card vendors

DUBAI: Anyone who has driven to Dubai and parked in districts such as Barsha and Barsha Heights will be all too familiar with the experience of finding various business cards advertising apparent “massage” services left on the car windows.
But this could soon be a thing of the past with new rules proposed by Dubai authorities that would see venders face stricter fines of up to 10,000 dirhams ($2,720) and immediate deportation.
In some districts in Dubai it is not uncommon for a motorist to park their vehicle, leave it for a few minutes, and return to find a selection of various cards advertising massage services, with photographs of women in various forms of undress.
The cards are left on vehicles by small teams, or individuals, who walk around the streets, quickly leaving an assortment of the offending items on the windows.
Abdul Majeed Abdul Aziz Al-Saifaie, director of the Waste Management Department, told UAE daily Gulf News that his department has drafted proposals requesting the amending of existing rules.
Under the new proposals people caught leaving the cards on vehicles, or at people’s apartments would face immediate deportation.
A fine of 10,000 dirhams would be imposed on licensed massage parlors committing the offense – the fine is currently 500 dirhams ($27).
Al-Saifaie said in many cases the people leaving the cards were also breaching residency laws.
“They don’t have resident visas or they are here on visit visas looking for jobs. So, our proposal is to deport them immediately,” he explained.
The proposals follow an ongoing battle against the problem, which has been the cause for thousands of complaints from residents who are fed up with finding the various cards left on their vehicles, or pushed under the doors of their apartments, often being picked up by young children.


Married only minutes, Texas newlyweds killed in crash

Updated 25 August 2019

Married only minutes, Texas newlyweds killed in crash

  • Judge who married the couple also pronounced them dead at the scene

ORANGE, Texas: Harley Morgan was still wearing his dark suit and Rhiannon Boudreaux her wedding dress when the Texas “childhood sweethearts” were killed in a crash with a truck minutes after they were married.
Nineteen-year-old Morgan and 20-year-old Boudreaux were pronounced dead Friday at the scene by the same justice of the peace who had just married them.
“I’m talking five minutes. You may kiss the bride,” said Orange Police Cpt. Keith Longlois. “The family was right behind them. They were all going out to go to wherever they were going to have their reception,” he said.
Longlois said they were “childhood sweethearts” who decided to be married by a popular Orange County Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose-Simonton.
He said the groom was driving when he tried to exit the driveway of the Justice of The Peace building onto a five-lane highway. A truck pulling a trailer carrying a heavy tractor slammed into their vehicle. The force was so great that witnesses said the car flipped multiple times before coming to rest in a ditch.
The driver of the truck was not identified but Longlois said he was cooperating with the investigation and there was no sign of wrongdoing. Drug and alcohol tests would be conducted, he said.
“I had to sit there and watch my two babies die,” the mother of the groom, LaShawna Morgan, told the Beaumont Enterprise.