Oh, poor Patricia Krentcil. The 44-year-old ‘Tan Mom’ is now being banned from at least 63 tanning salons in the New York/New Jersey area. Her picture has even been posted behind the counter in some of the salons to help employees identify her and let her know she’s not welcome. And rightly so. Tanning salons need to take more responsibility for not allowing customers to go to such extremes.
You would think that any responsible business would look at someone whose leathery skin is obviously damaged beyond belief and say, “No tanning for you.” I’m all for personal responsibility, but Krentcil should never have been permitted to continue tanning based on the way she looks. Shouldn’t tanning salons have some kind of limit or good judgment?
It seem that the New Jersey Department of Health may agree. Apparently, they are teaming up with the local health department in Krentcil’s home town of Nutley to inspect the tanning salon where this all started.
Luckily, there are some responsible salons out there.
Nicole Simon, manager of Body Works in Garfield, N.J. told the New York Post that they have strict policies:
We don’t tan people like that. If she comes to this store, we’ll let her know we can’t tan her. Our customers never look like that.
James Oliver, owner of Beach Bum Tanning has ordered the ban in all of his 53 area stores:
It’s very hard for these people who have these compulsive addictions to stop on their own. You really have to step in and say, ‘You shouldn’t be doing this.’
But of course, Krentcil doesn’t agree with the ban and told the Post so:
Somebody put a picture in the windows of me? My attorney will find out. It’s stupid.
Regardless of what she thinks, it seems like Krentcil may be forced to get tanned by the sun from now on.