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Tanning Salon Tells Woman She’s Too Fat to Tan

We all know there are weight restrictions in elevators, hot air balloons, and even airplanes, but what about a tanning bed? One Norton, Ohio, woman was told just that, and was refused service at a tanning salon for being overweight. Move over, Tanning Mom, there’s a new tanning bed scandal in town!

Kelly McGrevey purchased a tanning package at Aloha Tanning after touring the salon, but when she arrived for her tan, she was turned away by a man working at the salon. According to Kelly, “He said, ‘Sorry, but sorry, but I'm not going to let you tan today because we've just implemented a new policy where anyone over 230 pounds can't go in one of our beds.” We have to ask — how did this guy know what her weight was? Do they have a scale in house, or is he the guy who guesses people’s weight at the circus?

Needless to say, McGrevey was not only angry but, as she said, “I was just so shocked and embarrassed and humiliated.”

That didn’t keep her from using one of their standup beds on Monday, however. When she returned on Tuesday, that bed was broken and she was given the same spiel about the weight limits on traditional beds.

Here’s the real kicker: The manager, who she refers to as Gus, wouldn’t give her a refund on the $70 month-long tanning package, instead telling her to cancel her credit card purchase.

As can be expected, the BBB has given this Ohio tanning salon an “F” rating. To boot, when the local Channel 3 news anchor Sara Shookman (as well as Kelly, herself) asked to see the policy in writing, a young woman working there said that they simply tell the people as opposed to showing them anything in writing.

Um, is it okay for us to mention that, last year, a British medical journal attributed almost 200,000 cases of skin cancer per year to the use of indoor tanning? But we digress...

“I just want my money back,” Kelly said in the interview with Channel 3. Apparently, the credit card purchase was refunded, but we imagine the emotional scars could last a lifetime.

Sources:, USA Today

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04.23.2013 / 07:12 AM EDT by Marnie Brodersen
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