WELLNESS & FITNESS

Nail Salon Charges Overweight Woman Extra Because They Were Worried She Would Break Their Chairs

Date August 20, 2019 12:00

Discrimination is a big part of the world we live in today. People are constantly being discriminated against due to their gender, race, appearance and sometimes, weight.

Easy to ignore

Overweight people do face a lot of stigma on a day to day basis. While the aggression may not be as obvious or as direct as some of the other types of discriminations, some subtle actions have been directed to make them feel bad.

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For instance, being watched while they eat at a restaurant, fat jokes on TV, or being laughed at by little kids can make these people feel uncomfortable and judged.

At a nail salon

Evidently, even while getting a pedicure, an overweight person is still faced with unfair treatment.

A nail salon in Georgia charged a customer an additional five dollars because she was overweight and they were worried that she might break their chairs.

40-year-old Michelle Fonville had just had her nails done and was waiting for them to dry when she looked at the salon's pricelist and saw that she was overcharged. Initially thinking it was a mistake, she approached the clerk but got an unexpected response

Michelle told ABC;

When she came over and wrote out the prices she then said, 'I charged you five dollars more because you're overweight.'

Michelle was so upset that she resolved never to return to the salon again.

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Kim Tan, the manager who charged Michelle that day, told WSB-TV that she chose to do that because she was concerned that Michelle could cause her to make repairs on her chairs.

Do you think that's fair when we take $24 dollars and we have to pay $2,500 [in repairs]? I said to her I'm sorry, but next time I cannot take you.

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Michelle said that Kim returned her five dollars but told the customer not to return to the salon anymore because of her weight. Michelle said;

I couldn't believe that another human would treat someone like that. She had such a matter-of-fact attitude.

A similar occurrence

Another nail salon also caused a stir on social media when a customer took a picture of what many believed to be a rude sign.

The sign stated that overweight customers would have to pay $45 for a pedicure due to "service fees for pedicurists."

Understandably, people were upset by such blatant discrimination.

It does seem unfair that weighing more should cost a person more, especially at a nail salon. Hopefully, these managements realize their mistakes and not drive away potential customers.