I love Groupon. Ever since I first discovered it, I’ve watched the daily emails pop up in my in-box and clicked on the messages to see what the deals of the day are.
For those who don’t know Groupon, it’s a middleman shopping service offering up to 70 per cent off some great things to do, see, eat and buy in Dubai.
It’s kind of like the Robin Hood of the 21st century, allowing anyone to enjoy restaurants, hotels, spas and luxury goods that they wouldn’t normally be able to afford.
Among a few other things, I’ve bought a fishing trip for DH for his birthday and a keratin hair-straightening treatment as a Christmas present for myself from DH.
I’d probably spend a lot more if it wasn’t for the fact that HSBC in Dubai sends a text message to my husband the moment I use our credit card with the amount of the transaction – which seems to reach him even if he’s in deepest Africa and I can’t actually get through myself.
Today, when I clicked on a newly arrived Groupon email there was a Look Gorgeous Hair Pampering Package and, next to it, a photo of a smiling couple lounging on a bed, along with the words:
‘Give Yourself Peace of Mind with an STD test at Scientific Clinical Laboratories’
The discount was undisclosed due to healthcare ad regulations, but there was some information on how sexually transmitted diseases are passed on and which STDs are checked for.
A money-off STD Groupon – hilarious. And the thing that really tickled my humour: The little gift-wrapped-box icon and button saying ‘ Buy it for a friend!’
Just in time for Valentine’s day.