How Much Tanning Bed Use Is Too Much?

Should a tanning salon owner be obligated to cut someone off when the tanner appears to have lost control and taken tanning to an extreme?


Charges recently have been brought against a New Jersey woman for allegedly taking her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning bed with her.

As reported in many venues, including The Bloomfield Patch, Patricia Krentcil, 44, has denied the charges, saying her daughter was at the tanning salon with her, but not in the bed. The child did have a sunburn, but Krentcil has said she got that gardening. The child has been placed in the custody of her father pending the outcome of the case.

However, it is pictures of Krentcil herself that have shocked people following the case. As can be seen in the YouTube Video of an NBC Today Show interview, Krentcil has taken tanning to the extreme, prompting doctors to weigh in all over the country on the dangers of extreme tanning. Some say extreme tanning can become an addiction and cause the tanner to be unaware that they have taken it to such extremes.

So the question here is, how much tanning is too much and should tanning salon owners, like pubs, be obligated to cut a tanner off when it becomes obvious they have lost control? What do you think?

Mitch May 03, 2012 at 01:57 PM
She can fake bake all she wants as long as she pays for any future resulting medical care herself. I don't want tax payers to split the bill for her stupidity, that's were I would have a problem. As for the child, the salon should have full knowledge if the child entered the actual tanning bed or not. If they don't then they are not monitoring very well and are providing an unsafe and potential dangerous environment to kids. I've never been in a tanning salon so I'm not sure how that all works. And not to take blame from the mother, but the salons need to make sure kids of certain age cannot enter the tanning beds.
Mitch May 03, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I'm reading now that the salon is backing up the mother's claim that she never let the child into the tanning bed. Other than the overbaked look, she seems to be a good mom.
Sharon Swanepoel May 03, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Yes, the child doesn't look like she's spent any time in a tanning bed. The mother, however, seems to have a serious addiction that doesn't appear to allow for reason or logic right now. I believe the tanning salon owner risks a law suit should anything severe develop with the mom. Like cigarettes, families often come back and hold others accountable for bad choices made by family members when things go wrong.
DaculaHood May 03, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I don't think it's implausible this tan-addicted mom thought her fair-skinned little girl might "need a little color" if only "just a couple minutes, honey." Just look at her in this video interview, for Pete's sake mom looks like she's made out of a tootsie roll -- http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57425927-504083/patricia-krentcil-new-jersey-mother-accused-of-putting-her-6-year-old-girl-in-tanning-bed Also, the alleged incident was reported a week (ish?) ago so if the girl did have some tanbedburn it could have healed. With that said, I personally think the arrest bail and child endangerment charges are a little over the top.
Tim Sullivan May 03, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Ant time spent in a tanning bed is too much time spent in a taning bed.


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