Saying that her pedicure chair is only designed to handle people weighing less than 200 lbs, the manage of Natural Nails in Dekalb County, Georgia, Kim Tran, defiantlysays she charged Michelle Fonville an extra $5 as a prophylactic measure— just in case her body weight broke the chair. Tran says it costs $2500 to replace one of those pedi-chairs. Who knew these pedi chairs were so delicate?
Really, a pedi-chair that can only handle 200 lbs? Maybe the nail salon needs to update their equipment. A 200 pound weight limit seems a bit skinny, considering that Americans are a hefty bunch.
The situation raises several issues:
Should businesses be allowed to charge more because of concern that a heavy person may break a chair? The implications are enormous. It could bring a whole new pricing model for restaurants, bus rides,and theaters.
As you watch the video, it is interesting to see how indignant the under 100 lb salon manager is. What she didn't say is how often these pedi-chairs break because of fat customers. So my question is, how often do these chairs break because they are not designed for American booty?
Finally, whose side are you on, the 200 lb plus customer, or the business owner who needs to watch her expenses.
Here's the interview. What do you think?