This might be one of the weirdest stories I've ever told about myself.

Now, before you judge me, what I did was completely legal.

Allow me to take you back to Christmas of 2010.

I had just turned 21 and decided to do a little Christmas shopping at Dartmouth Mall with the birthday money. I'll be the first to admit that I loathe shopping in any form, no matter the occasion. The mall was buzzing like a beehive and the stress was laid on thick. I told myself that the second I was done shopping, whatever money was left over I was going to use to treat myself.

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Ruby Tuesday's was calling my name for a stiff post-shopping beverage. After all, I had just turned the legal age and wanted to explore my freedom as an adult. However, before I could even make it over to the bar, I was enticed by a mall massage parlor that is still to this day in its original location: Oriental Relax Center.

Google Maps
Google Maps

Employees often stand by the entrance with a very convincing strategy to lure people in and, man, it worked. I was long overdue for a massage and a full-body deep-tissue experience was just what the doctor ordered after a long day of Christmas shopping.

What happened next stuck with me ever since.

The room I was ushered to was no more than 10-15 feet from the mall corridors, so close you could hear the conversations of the people passing by. I was instructed to undress to my undergarments, lie on the bed, and call the staff when I was comfortable and decent.

Here's where it gets juicy.

One of the questions asked was if I wanted my glutes worked on. Honestly, I'll never turn down a good glute massage and so I agreed.

I was then asked if I wouldn't mind lowering my shorts. Again, I agreed, and off to work they went.

It was a typical massage during which clothing is optional. It's the sheer fact that I was inside of a public mall, very close to shoppers, and was indecent before a thin wall.

Probably not the story you were looking for, but for me, it was still pretty weird. I guess you just had to be there.

P.S. I will admit, the massage was very nice.

Walk Down Memory Lane at the Dartmouth Mall in 2017

Thanks to artificial intelligence and advances in 3D mapping, Google Maps is slowly rolling out a new feature called immersive view, allowing users to go inside buildings. It looks like Dartmouth Mall is one of the first places in the area to use the new technology, thanks to images from 2017.

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