Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Too fat to tan?
I looked up tanning bed weight limits and the cheapies tend to have about a 250 lb limit and then 350 lbs for those big ol' massive ones. As I was looking for that, I ran across this thread for tanning salon owners discussing how to broach the subject of weight if they are afraid someone may break the acrylic because the lady didn't have a stand up bed yet. I was appalled at how quickly the name calling began though I guess I shouldn't be. From "heffer" (it's actually spelled heifer you uneducated twit but good for you for throwing the first name out so that the words like "fattie", "two ton Tessie" etc could be hurled like ninja stars.) Oh how I wish those jerks had the names of their salons next to them so you could make sure potential customers knew of the mass discrimination going on.
Anyhoo, back to the original topic, I used to tan back in the day and I was always terrified about cracking the acrylic. No salon I ever visited before I wised up and started using self tanners told me a weight limit on a bed and therefore I never worried about it. I went in beds that I now realize I exceeded the weight limit by well over 40 lbs and not a single gum smackin', heavy eyelined teenager told me I would have to either use a stand up bed or the uber, mega Tan-a-Tron 3000 to not risk frying to a crisp when I broke through. The last time I tanned I was at my highest weight and I used stand ups even though the girl said I could be fine in any of the beds. I assure you, I now know I wouldn't have been. The year before that when I was in the bed I was sweating not because I was hot from the bulbs but because I was one spider crack from death.
I would much rather have had a sign up walking into a salon saying something like "due to manufacturer weight limits and for your safety, we reserve the right to have you weigh in prior to tanning." If someone questionable still came in after that, I would again expect them to explain policy and tell them they require everyone to weigh in prior to selling them a package. I would rather risk a little embarrassment up front than crash through and have to pay for damages or get seriously injured due to my own ego.
If you were a tanner, would you be against a weigh in policy at a tanning salon for your safety?
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