Overweight Women Charged Extra at Georgia Nail Salon

Sisters spend a LOT of money at nail salons. I’m not into all the designs, gel nails, silk wraps, and what have you, but I know a ton of women who are. I was amazed that a nail salon would tack on an extra $5 for what…FAT. That’s right. An african-american woman in Georgia was recently told that the extra 5 dollars on her bill was due to her being overweight. Apparently, the nail salon had experienced some broken chairs due it it’s heftier customers.

I have a question. Do they have a scale at the front of the store where they can weigh you before you get your services and determine whether you qualify for the broken chair fee? What do you think? Would you patronize a place that charged overweight customers more? We do in the case of the airlines.

Michelle Fonville said her experience at Natural Nails on Covington Highway in DeKalb County turned from pleasant to painful in a matter of moments. “I was humiliated. I almost cried. Tears were forming in my eyes,” said Fonville. She said things went downhill on Monday after the salon manager gave her the bill for her manicure, pedicure and eyebrow arch.
Fonville realized that she had been overcharged by $5. “I said, ‘I’ve been overcharged. She may have made an error,’” said Fonville. “She broke it down, then told me she charged me $5 more because I was overweight.”
Fonville said she couldn’t believe what was happening and recounted the experience with Channel 2 Action News reporter Eric Philips. “I said, Ma’am, you can’t charge me $5 more. That’s discrimination because of my weight,” said Fonville.

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5 Responses to Overweight Women Charged Extra at Georgia Nail Salon

  1. Just one more instance of weight hate. I am a plus sized woman and have been bigger than everyone else all of my life even if just by one size. In high school when my classmates were in size 5 or 7, I was wearing a 10 or 12. It is what it is. What bugs me is how angry people are with people who are larger than they are. They feel free to make snide comments in public, offer unsolicited diet tips or do whatever the can to try to make their intended victim seem like a criminal or otherwise unworthy for weighing more than they feel they should.

    I have heard the news heralding claims by doctor’s that obesity causes everything including stupidity (yes, they said fat people are less intelligent – seriously) and although I am a plus size advocate, I also advocate health. That is not an oxymoron. I have a nutritionist, go the gym several times a week, etc and am actually losing weight not to please the public but because I wan to get some weight off my lower extremities. When I finish losing weight I may still be considered chubby or plus size by many but I’ll be happy in the skin I’m in regardless. All of my vitals are textbook perfect. I don’t have diabetes or any of the other “fat” conditions/diseases. I’ve had doctor’s in the past who acted like they wanted me to have something but the only thing they could ever say to me is, “You’re too heavy, you need to lose some weight.”

    Anyway, despite my healthy lifestyle (that I have been living for 3 years now) and subsequent weight loss, some bold soul who may meet me on the street feels obligated to tell me that I need to lose weight. Um… I AM Losing weight! I HAVE lost weight! It took the better part of 43 years to gain it. It will not come off in 43 days – sorry.

    This same mindset is what has people blogging or commenting all over the web calling people horrible names because they are carrying extra weight or otherwise judging them and blaming them for everything that’s wrong with the world. The vitriol is staggering. It makes people feel comfortable enough to stand outside of a Lane Bryant store and laugh at the customers going in. (Yeah… I’ve seen it) And it makes people feel justified in banning big girls from clubs or charging them more for a pedicure (as in this story).

    If you are running a business then you need to stock it with decent furniture. The average chair can hold at least 350-400 pounds. How do I know? Because I know people who weight that much who can sit in a chair pretty much anywhere they go. There is also commercially available furniture that can hold up to 1,000 pounds. If your business caters to the general public, then you should provide the proper furniture for the general public and not try to charge a minority to pay for your lack of preparedness. What kind of chairs did they have, those little metal folding ones?

  2. i just can’t imagine what good the 5 bucks was going to do had the woman actually “broke” the chair. i would have told them where to get off (and i don’t mean the bus) and left with 10 fingers and 10 toes….and if they had a problem with that…i could always have taken a few with me! hmmph!!

  3. Carol

    This is absolutely ridiculous,everything is insured in these nail joints. The women that go to that place should shut them down,that’s a slap in the face,what next? How dare you discriminate because of weight ,how about getting better seating that can accomodate our plus sized ladies. I have to go there now, first off these places employees do not reflect the ethnicity of their clientele and then there’s language barrier…let’s open our own nail salons and let’s support each other ladies

  4. i frequent hair salons because i always want to keep my hair in top shape `’`

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