The national spotlight on an ultra-dark New Jersey mom has prompted questions about not only her judgment, but also rules regulating the industry.
“That wouldn’t happen here,” said a local business owner, who asked not to be identified. “No one is allowed to be in the room while someone using the tanning bed.”
According to the Texas Health and Safety Code, “when a tanning device is in use by a person, another person may not be allowed in the area of the tanning device.” Other regulations include a minimum age requirement of 16.5 years old with written consent from the parent or legal guardian, maximum exposure time limits for customers based on time recommended by the tanning bed’s manufacturer and complete and maintain records.
“Customers have to wait 24 hours before they can tan again,” a local business owner said. “We are very strict about that. If someone tans at 6 p.m., they can’t come in before 6 p.m. the next day to tan. They have to wait.”
Other local tanning business owners were contacted, but they preferred not to comment.
Patricia Krentcil, the 44-year-old mother from Nutley, N.Y., has gained national attention and outrage for allegedly taking her then 5-year-old daughter Anna into a tanning booth.
School administrators notified police when Anna showed up to class with a sunburn and told the school nurse she got burned from “tanning with mommy.” Krentcil, who pleaded not guilty to child endangerment charges, claims the burn is from playing outside.
After seeing the before and after images of Krentcil, local reactions from Facebook have ranged from total disbelief to disgust. The Bulletin sought response from its “fans.”
“I just can’t fathom that is real,” Lory Hunt said. “When I saw her on the news, I wondered how does she look in the mirror and think it’s OK?”
“I think she’s crazy,” Jay Longley said. “But, I don’t believe the accusations against her that she put her daughter in a tanning bed.”
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