A nail salon in Memphis, Tennessee, has gained the ire of customers as it is being accused of fat-shaming clients. Moreover, it was reported that the salon is charging heavier customers more than its usual fee if they want a pedicure.
According to Revelist, Deshania Ferguson, a customer of Rose Nails in the Frayzer Plaza Shopping Center, first posted a photo of the service fees sign to Facebook earlier this month. She captioned the shot, “Went to get my nails done on Overton Crossing and Frayser Blvd. and this is what they have up…so rude.”
The sign reads, “Sorry, but if you are overweight, pedicures will be $45 due to service fees for pedicurists.”
The post has been shared over 500 times on the social media site, and one commenter said that the salon ought to be reported to the Better Business Bureau for discrimination. Another said that what the establishment is doing is similar to making heavier people pay for two seats on an airplane.
Memphis’ News Channel 3 reports that a regular pedicure at Rose Nails ranges from $25 to $30.
Ferguson revealed on her Facebook page that there are only two people who work at the salon, the owner and his wife. Ferguson’s beautician friend, Saquio Seaberry, suggested that she should tell the staff to lift weights.
“I’m a small woman so I struggle lifting up the heavy legs of clients whether they’re overweight or 6’9 300 lbs,” said Seaberry. “It’s a part of the business, accommodate the clients.”
News Channel 3 spoke with salon owner Son Nguyen, who denied that they posted the sign. He told the news program that the photo may have been taken at another salon. However, he did say that instead of charging overweight people extra money, he has decided not to service someone if they are severely overweight.
Nguyen claimed that it’s difficult for technicians to give them pedicures and that overweight customers have previously broken some of his chairs, which has cost him $2,000 to $2,500.
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