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When a customer at a Tennessee nail salon who got a pedicure realized that she was charged extra for being overweight, she contacted the authorities and went public about the act of discrimination.
But the nail spa has no qualms about charging “overweight” customers more and even has a controversial sign posted in their establishment.
After realizing that she was charged extra for her weight, Deshania Ferguson used Facebook to complain about the nail salon. And the words she wrote to expose the place have gone viral. And the shop is facing pushback from the public…
Although Deshania hopes that her post will force the discriminatory nail salon to change their policy, they never claimed to have kept it a secret. The salon owners feel so strongly about their extra-charge policy for overweight customers that they posted a public sign in their shop stating as much.
“Sorry. But if you are overweight, pedicures will be $45 due to service fees for pedicurists. Thank you!” the sign reportedly read.
Nevertheless, Deshania was outraged when her bill came out to more than the skinny girl next to her at the Rose Salon in Memphis, Tennessee.
“Went to get my nails done on Overton Crossing and Frayser Blvd and this is what they have up … so rude,” Ferguson wrote.
Roe Nails charges just $30 for a pedicure. But when an “overweight” customer walks in the door, the price increases by 50 percent to $45.
Although their strange practice has been exposed, the nail salon has refused calls from reporters including InsideEdition.
But local reporters from WREG said that owner Son Nguyen posted the sign in the store upon realizing that pedicures were more work when done on bigger customers. He did say that he may refuse pedicures to obese patrons in the future because some heavy customers have broken pedicure chairs. It happened on two separate occasions, which is expensive for the salon operator.
Nguyen said that replacing a salon chair costs about $2,000 to $2,500. And for a $45 job, the risk is just not worth it to the businessman.
In the video report below from InsideEdition, you’ll see inside the scandalous nail salon and hear more about this strange policy.
Hundreds have left comments about the breaking story out of Memphis. Here are some popular ones:
“just because the two damn chairs broke doesn’t mean you can overcharge fat people,” wrote Daniel Kim Iakezurichkim.
“I swear to Got who ever made that sign I will PUNCH THEM #FatLivesMatter,” wrote Gaby4Life.
Other people think that the salon is correct to charge overweight and obese people more:
“Nothing wrong with this. Is it news because he’s charging them so cheap?” wrote Jerry W.
Another wrote that “It’s a choice to be fat.”
“Seriously, even if he did put that sign up, so what? HE will be the one losing customers and suffer a loss to his business. Don’t try to shame him because he has the guts to say what most people feel to say but rather don’t,” one of his defenders wrote.
Do you think this man’s policy makes sense or is it egregious and unfair?
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