Burned: Tanning mom Patricia Krentcil banned from scores of salons

10:48 AM, May 10, 2012   |    comments
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(USA TODAY) -- At least 63 New York area tanning salons have turned a cold shoulder to a 44-year-old mom of four who made headlines last week when she was accused of taking her 5-year-old daughter to a tanning session, the New York Post reports today.

Patricia Krentcil is persona non grata at the salons, and some "have even put wanted-style posters behind their counters alerting staffers to keep her from getting past their front doors," the Post reports.

The New Jersey town of Nutley charged her with child endangerment. Krentcil says the red-haired girl got sunburned while gardening on a hot day, and the salon in question also vehemently denies the claim.

Krentcil doesn't seem too beaten down by the bad pub. She says she loved the spoof she drew from Saturday Night Live. She thought the skit was, ahem, "well done."

But the story and the vivid images of the woman with skin like too-crispy bacon has turned many in the tanning the industry against one of its most faithful supporters. Apparently some in the tanning industry don't believe there is no such thing as bad publicity.

"We don't tan people like that," says manager Nicole Simon of Body Works in Garfield, N.J., where Krentcil is personna non grata. "If she comes to this store, we'll let her know we can't tan her. Our customers never look like that."

James Oliver, owner of Beach Bum Tanning, ordered the ban in all his 53 area stores. "It's very hard for these people who have these compulsive addictions to stop on their own," Oliver tells the Post. "You really have to step in and say, 'You shouldn't be doing this.' "

"Somebody put a picture in the windows of me? My attorney will find out," Krentcil tells the Post. "It's stupid."

A manager at City Tropics Tanning Salon - where Krentcil allegedly took her daughter - said Krentcil is still welcome, but he advised her to avoid dropping by for a while.

"I think she might be using that lotion stuff that body builders use," Anthony the manager says. "It makes them look like tree bark."

But Krentcil has not been banned from his shop - which now prominently displays a new sign: "No Children Allowed.''

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