Friday, August 27, 2010

This is a Damn Shame!Woman Charged Extra by Nail Salon for Being Overweight

It's normal practice for nail salons to charge for extra designs and services, but what about extra weight? According to WSB TV, that was exactly the case for Michelle Fonville. The Georgia woman received a startling surprise after receiving a manicure, pedicure and eyebrow arch from Natural Nails in Dekalb County, Georgia, when the owner tacked on an extra $5 dollars to her bill for being overweight.

Salon manager Kim Tran explained to Fonville that the extra fee was meant to cover the cost of replacing the $2,500 salon chair, in the chance that it broke.

"I said, Ma'am, you can't charge me $5 more. That's discrimination because of my weight," Fonville told WSB TV.According to the salon owner, the chairs are only meant to withstand 200 pounds and anything above that weight has the potential to damage the chairs.

"Do you think that's fair when we take $24 [for manicure and pedicure] and we have to pay $2,500? Is that fair? No," said Tran in her defense. Tran has since refunded Fonville her $5 and told her to take her business elsewhere. Fonville, who was close to tears when given the news, would like more customers to learn about the salon's unfair practices. "The word has to get out there that these people are discriminating against us because of our weight," she said. "I mean come on, we're in America. You can't do that."

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