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).
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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