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Re: “DeKalb Co. nail salon charges extra for being overweight

Back when Creative Loafing began, I was a young, slender, red-haired, professional woman. Readers back then were intelligent, thought-provoking movers and shakers against the "establishment", hippies, so to speak; we integrated the South, we sat down to learn about one another and made sure everyone was treated with, as I read the above comments, I am stunned and so disappointed that this CL readership is so childish, unschooled, ignorant and apparently racially- and socially-biased. Had this been a "fat" caucasian woman, I can't imagine the same rancor and bitterness being spewed.

This salon, from its grand opening, has a history of brazenly overt racist tactics; they sell fairly expensive gift certificates for specified nail services, but refuse to give recipients/customers those specified nail services (and always try to change the terms of the certificate - I'm a lawyer, so that in itself is illegal) and will curse you out if you ask for exactly those services. They refuse to refund certificate monies (which is an act of bait-and-switc - or as you need to learn - fraud), and leave a terribly bitter taste in your mouth.

Let me ask you, if this happened to your mother if she were fat, what would you feel and do? Read further: As a professional woman, I am required to "look good"; I get regular massages, and have fairly beautiful feet (I was once a model); however, when I went to get a pedicure there a while ago, after the pedicure, the technician sprayed the tub with OVEN CLEANER as I stood there and waited to get my nails done. I left without paying and told all my friends to boycott.

I went to another salon and, because I objected to the cheap nail tips she tried to substitute, instead of the ones I requested, the technician angrily TORE the one nail off that she had applied, which damaged my natural nail. Both businesses went out of business and popped up at other locations in DeKalb and Cobb counties; they just pick up, move somewhere else, and change the name!

The majority of their customers are black women, and, unfortunately, these ignorant non-English-speaking immigrant women have learned (from people like those who made ignorant comments above) that it's okay to denigrate black women, professional or not, even though probably 90% of their business is with black women.

I now have my nails done by a very pleasant caucasian woman in Marietta who treats me well - especially since I am a great tipper! She may hate me, but she never lets on until I leave the salon.

I think it's time for us to learn the trade for ourselves and put these racist people out of business! We put Rich's (Federated Stores) and Macy's (Davison's) out of business in the late 60s because of racist tactics, and we can do the same ANYWHERE just starting with a small, powerful BOYCOTT, BOYCOTT! Something you young folks don't know anything about and never experienced.

Be nice, young people, stop day soon, you or your fat mama may need a fatter person to hide behind when..."they" begin "the persecution". Remember I said this.

Posted by RedCarolina on 08/26/2010 at 12:38 PM

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