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Old 08-24-2010, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Here’s some hard evidence that fat people are discriminated against: A nail salon charged $5 extra on a customer’s bill for a manicure, pedicure and eyebrow arch at a nail salon because she’s obese.

Fat Woman Charged $5 Extra At A Georgia Nail Salon | The Frisky
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Old 08-24-2010, 09:25 PM
 
Location: La lune et les étoiles
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1) Its Georgia so I'm pretty sure that they will have to charge a majority of their customers the extra $5.

2) These Asian owned nail salons are very often greedy (hence the added $5 fat fee) and rude (talking about customers in front of them in their own language).

3) If people don't like how they (and most of the other similar nail salons) run their businesses, then don't patronize them and they will go out of business.....or they will learn to adapt to better customer service and business practices.
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Old 08-24-2010, 10:35 PM
 
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1) Its Georgia so I'm pretty sure that they will have to charge a majority of their customers the extra $5.

2) These Asian owned nail salons are very often greedy (hence the added $5 fat fee) and rude (talking about customers in front of them in their own language).

3) If people don't like how they (and most of the other similar nail salons) run their businesses, then don't patronize them and they will go out of business.....or they will learn to adapt to better customer service and business practices.
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Old 08-24-2010, 11:13 PM
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Location: MA/NH
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1) Its Georgia so I'm pretty sure that they will have to charge a majority of their customers the extra $5.
True. There are a lot of overweight women in the southern states. But especially those that are black. So perhaps this is also a racial issue.
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2) These Asian owned nail salons are very often greedy (hence the added $5 fat fee) and rude (talking about customers in front of them in their own language).
Are those Asian nail salon owners greedy? From the prices I've seen posted in their windows, their prices seem quite cheap. And their services are much cheaper than hair salons that do cornrows, weaves and hair extensions. Those hair stylings seem very overpriced to me. Or at least, relative to the income of those getting those hair styles, it doesn't seem like a very smart way to spend the money they have.
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3) If people don't like how they (and most of the other similar nail salons) run their businesses, then don't patronize them and they will go out of business.....or they will learn to adapt to better customer service and business practices.
I completely agree with you on this.

Otherwise, I would like to know how much this customer weighed. Someone that is truly morbidly obese would put more wear and tear on the salon furniture than someone of average weight. And the $5 charge would be a subtle way of discouraging this customer from ever returning. So if this customer and other fat customers stopped going to this salon, it'd really be a win-win situation for all sides.
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Old 08-24-2010, 11:37 PM
 
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True. There are a lot of overweight women in the southern states. But especially those that are black. So perhaps this is also a racial issue.
That's possible, though my Japanese ex-sister in law told me that many Asian women find black men exciting ... maybe it doesn't extend to black women? I dunno.

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Are those Asian nail salon owners greedy? From the prices I've seen posted in their windows, their prices seem quite cheap. And their services are much cheaper than hair salons that do cornrows, weaves and hair extensions. Those hair stylings seem very overpriced to me. Or at least, relative to the income of those getting those hair styles, it doesn't seem like a very smart way to spend the money they have.
Oh, those are very time- and labor-intensive hairstyles - and they last for weeks. Years ago, I stayed with a black family for a couple of months. The mother cornrowed her daughter's hair about every 3 weeks. It took her three hours to do it. Lots of people don't know how to do it, or aren't good at it, or don't have someone handy who's willing to spend hours braiding for free.

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Otherwise, I would like to know how much this customer weighed. Someone that is truly morbidly obese would put more wear and tear on the salon furniture than someone of average weight. And the $5 charge would be a subtle way of discouraging this customer from ever returning. So if this customer and other fat customers stopped going to this salon, it'd really be a win-win situation for all sides.
Isn't equipment a cost of doing business? On another board, someone looked up the pedicure chairs, and found that they are available for $2500 or so - not repairs, but NEW. If this salon owner does not want to have the business of the overweight, she's certainly going about it in a way to alienate them. Otherwise, she could have raised the prices $1 or $2 for all of the customers to make up for extra costs, rather than making people feel bad about their weight - kind of a funny thing for someone in the beauty business to do, don't you think?
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Old 08-24-2010, 11:44 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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Was it at the Goja Pitty Booty Nay Salon?
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Old 08-25-2010, 12:42 AM
 
Location: Canada
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1) Its Georgia so I'm pretty sure that they will have to charge a majority of their customers the extra $5.

2) These Asian owned nail salons are very often greedy (hence the added $5 fat fee) and rude (talking about customers in front of them in their own language).

3) If people don't like how they (and most of the other similar nail salons) run their businesses, then don't patronize them and they will go out of business.....or they will learn to adapt to better customer service and business practices.
Reminds me of that episode of Seinfeld where Elaine gets George's dad to interpret what the Korean nail ladies are saying about her
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Old 08-25-2010, 01:01 AM
 
Location: Upper Midwest
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2) These Asian owned nail salons are very often greedy (hence the added $5 fat fee) and rude (talking about customers in front of them in their own language).
Yeah, I saw a lot of that years ago when I worked very briefly for a Mongolian restaurant as a server. It was owned by a Mongolian family. I quit after one of the employees, one of the middle-aged Mongolian sisters, started stealing my tips. Shame... I enjoyed working there.
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Old 08-25-2010, 05:30 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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If you have equipment that won't take a heavy woman, you need to post a sign saying so. You need to inform your customers. Otherwise you'll be sued when that chair breaks; and you'll lose. And if you're going to put a surcharge on your obese customers (not wise), then it needs to be known up-front. Personally I would resent being charged extra to cover damage caused by obese people, but that is probably what's happening at most salons and healthcare facilities anyway.

I can see them trying to recoup the cost to repair damage caused by people too fat for their equipment. But the way they went about it in this instance was unfair and extremely rude. It's a delicate issue that must be handled delicately.
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Old 08-25-2010, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Wow. Nevermind the discrimination; that's just plain rude. If I were a customer of that salon, I'd be talking to anyone who would listen about the salon's despicable policies.
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Are those Asian nail salon owners greedy? From the prices I've seen posted in their windows, their prices seem quite cheap.
You get what you pay for in those salons.
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Someone that is truly morbidly obese would put more wear and tear on the salon furniture than someone of average weight.
For the 10 minutes that you're sitting in the chair? What a crock.

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So if this customer and other fat customers stopped going to this salon, it'd really be a win-win situation for all sides.
How is it a win for the salon owner if business drops off?
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