Forget naked hiking; how about spray tanning a naked 15 year old?

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Apr 27, 2009
 
Reading this morn's Offbeat News reminded about what I read this weekend for a news article in this state. I'm surprised that yet again Offbeat Topix didn't use this (yet).
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http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stoc...
Spray tanning of naked girl, 15, raises a stir: No laws broken, but mother is furious with daughter and Linton tanning salon owner
Sat. April 25, 2009; Posted: 03:12 PM
LINTON, Apr 25, 2009 (Herald-Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX)-- SYCP | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating -- A 15-year-old Greene County girl lost her opportunity to attend the prom when she forged a permission slip and stripped naked so she could have her body sprayed with dihydroxyacetone at a Linton tanning salon to obtain tawny skin to show off her prom dress.
When her mother found out, she scolded her daughter and told her there would be no prom this year. Not only did the girl forge a letter and sign her mother's name, she used bad judgment, her mom said, by taking her clothes off for the procedure.
The man who owns the Linton tanning salon sprayed the girl with the dye, which infuriated her mother.
"She and her friends have already paid for the limo and she spent $355 of her own money for the dress," Brandy Holtsclaw said. "When I confronted her about this tanning thing, she said she did not see what the problem was and I told her,'You are 15 and you do not get naked in front of any man unless it is a doctor.' If she is going to make decisions like that, she has no business going anywhere."
And she said Jeff Mortland of Paradise Tans "had no business" carrying out her daughter's spray-tan request. "I have a problem with him doing that," she said. "You can't get on your home computer and look at something like that without risking trouble."
Holtsclaw's daughter is left with a beautiful spray-on tan that would have set off her $350 prom dress just right. Her mom took way her cell phone and said the girl "is not allowed to do much of anything" for a while.
Mortland said he did nothing wrong. He said he knew the girl from previous visits there using the tanning beds, and that he trusted her and believed her mom had written the note the girl brought with her on Monday.
It turns out that state rules regulating the tanning industry do not require parental permission for spray-on tans. Kids younger than 16 cannot tan in the ultraviolet tanning beds unless a parent is present, and those between 16 and 18 must have signed permission slips before being exposed to the UV rays.
But when it comes to spray-on tans, during which the recipient can opt to wear nothing at all for a total-body tan, no such permission is required.
"There's nothing here in the regulations that would apply to a spray-on tan," said Tina Wiseley, assistant director of the State Board of Cosmetology Examiners, which oversees tanning salons. "As I look at this, there is nothing in the regulations to prevent a 15-year-old from doing this. But I certainly understand that mother's concern."

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Holtsclaw filed a complaint with the Greene County Sheriff's Department and also called the prosecutor's office. Both agencies, she said, told her there was nothing they could do. No laws had been broken.
Mortland said he feels as if he was duped by the girl. He said that he sprays on a lot of tans at his business and that he requires parental consent even for spray-ons, which is not required by the licensing agency.
"She did not have to be naked," Mortland said. "A lot of times people will leave on their underwear or bra. I leave it totally up to them, and I have no clue what they will be wearing until I go into the room."
He said it takes just a couple of minutes to spray on a tan. He said Holtsclaw's daughter "looked great" when she left his establishment. He said he was blind-sided by the mother's reaction and the fact that the girl lied to him and handed over a forged document.
He, too, talked to law enforcement officials and said he was told "I did nothing wrong."
Mortland said other customers and employees were in the shop when the tanning occurred. "It's not like anything could have happened," he said.

He apologized to Holtsclaw, but reiterated that he never would have applied the tan had he known the girl did not have her mother's permission.
Keenan Gill, general manager at A Total Tan in Bloomington, said his business avoids such situations by offering a tanning system with a machine that sprays the dye onto the body in the privacy and confines of a small room.
"It's a tricky situation, having someone undress and exposing them to someone who applies the tan. That is one of the reasons we opted for the system we have instead, which was expensive," he said. "I would be very uncomfortable putting myself in that position. And I would not want any of my employees in that situation. It's a slippery slope."
He said the girl's age is troubling. "That would concern me liability-wise and I would never allow myself to be in that position," he said. "I'd be uncomfortable in a small room with an unclothed girl like that. I would be uncomfortable if it was a 30-year-old or a 50-year-old."
Holtsclaw said she is more aware now of what can go on behind the curtain or wall of a tanning booth. "It never occurred to me something like this could happen, that it would be OK," she said.
"She should have covered up. He should have insisted she cover up," Holtsclaw added. "I'm not saying he (Mortland) should get into trouble, but he needs to know this is no way to run a business.
"Red flags should have gone up everywhere. Maybe it's not illegal, but it should be."
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Props to the mom, BTW. I would have pretty much done the same ... contacting the authorities, talked to the proprietor, and certainly meted out punishment to the daughter. I hope Mom doesn't cave in.
I'm surprised as much as Mom that the state law doesn't address this... and would think that I would (as a proprietor) would not 'service' anyone under 18 in that manner in a commercial salon/tanning enterprise. It ain't right.
Seems that that is more appropriate in gender-specific areas of health clubs or spas with parental/guardian chaperone.
DILF

Patchogue, NY

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Agreed.
This was a minor. If it weren't a minor, there is no issue.

Minors naked in front of strangers (other than medical staff) should be highly scrutinized.

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