A tanning salon in Ohio allegedly turned down a customer because she was overweight.
Kelly McGrevey told WKYC Cleveland news that she bought a tanning package in person at the Aloha Tanning salon. But when she returned days later, an employee refused her service and denied her a refund, citing a new company policy that forbids people who weigh more than 230 pounds from using the machines.
“I’ve never had anyone, ever, tell me that I couldn’t tan because of my size,” McGrevey said in an interview with WKYC. “It’s discrimination,” she added. “I just want my money back.”
Nicole Peterson, an Aloha employee, told The Huffington Post that the salon has since refunded McGrevey's money. She said the salon's new policy was put in place after several overweight customers caused the company's lie-down beds to crack. "It can be very dangerous when acrylic glass on the bed cracks," Peterson noted. "Our policy is about nothing but safety."
"I have very big people who tan here all the time, and love to tan here," Peterson added.
McGrevey told WKYC that she’s filed a police report against Justin Hileman, the owner of Aloha Tanning. It's only the latest tanning-related incident to make national news.
Late last year, a 27-year-old woman was busted for using drugs inside a tanning bed. And who can forget about “Tanning Mom” Patricia Krentcil, who was famously arrested for putting her 5-year-old daughter in a New Jersey tanning booth?
It's notable that the tanning industry is still attracting so many customers, even as the health warnings of indoor tanning are widely known. Indeed, as part of the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, the Obama administration decided to slap tanners with a 10 percent tax that hasn't done much to dim demand.