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Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Nail salon charged a woman having a mani/pedi an extra $5 because she was overweight

A NAIL salon in Georgia has charged a woman having a manicure and pedicure an extra $5 because she was overweight and could damage their chairs. 

Michelle Fonville, 40, of Lithonia, said she was at the Natural Nails salon getting a burnt orange color applied to her fingers and toes, along with an eyebrow wax, when she was presented with what seemed like an excessive bill.
“I said to the clerk I thought I had been accidentally overcharged, I honestly thought it was an error,” she told ABC News.
But then, Ms Fonville said, “when she came over and wrote out the prices she then said, 'I charged you five dollars more because you're overweight'."
Kim Tan, the salon manager, told ABC News' Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV that the chairs in her salon can only hold 200 pounds and cost $2500 to repair.
"Do you think that's fair when we take $24 dollars and we have to pay $2500 in repairs?" Ms Tan said.

"I said to her I'm sorry, but next time I cannot take you."
Ms Fonville said she plans to protest outside the salon later this week.
Ms Tan returned the extra $5, ABC reported.

i totally understand that those chairs are not cheap but I personally think it is not right the salon could have handled it a less discriminating way, maybe they should get a larger chair for overweight clients so they are more comfortable, every gal deserves nice nails.
What do you think?


  1. This is discrimination. If she had a problem she should have said something in the first place not after. Salons like that usually run by Asians are very tricky and they always add extra for this and extra for that. they pretend they don't understand what you are saying...deceitful in the least. I worked in a couple and they wanted me to reuse implements, charge extra, do a poor job just to get more people in so I quit. I won't lower my standards and do a poor job.Especially when it may cause harm to my client. My clients are my friends not just dollar signs. By the time you get tricked inside by the sign that says "Nails $15.00" you walk out paying a lot more and it could cost you more for medical bills in the long run. Do a little research before you go into a salon like that.I'm really glad state boards have a photo on manicurists license in CA. They should be on all of them so you know the person doing your mani or pedi is who they say they are.

  2. i totally agree with you :) i have a video on my blog (up top) about exactly what you are talking about! i put it up their to warn people about this sort of stuff... i never knew how bad this sort of stuff can be until i started the nail tech course.

  3. btw i diddnt understand why she is complaiing about her $2500 chair, what will $5 extra do anyway.. $5 dont even get you a pie and coke these days

  4. people are just interested in money these days.. kinda sadd



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