A Memphis nail salon is facing major backlash after allegedly upcharging patrons who are overweight.
The uproar started after Facebook user Deshania Ferguson posted a photo of a sign allegedly hanging outside of Rose Nails. “Sorry, but if you are overweight, pedicures will be $45 due to service fees for pedicurists,” the sign read.
Ferguson’s post, now shared over 500 times, caught the attention of WREG, a local ABC station, which sent reporters in to talk to salon owner Son Nguyen. Though the walls, floor, and chairs in Rose Nails matched those in the photo, Nguyen repeatedly denied to WREG reporters that the sign had ever been put up in his business.
However, he did say putting up such a sign was something he’d been thinking about. Then he doubled down, telling the station that he does deny service to those who are “severely overweight.” He cited difficulties for pedicurists and past incidents of heavier people breaking pedicure chairs, which he said cost him upwards of $2,000.
He’s not just biased against size, though. Nguyen also said the salon currently charges men an extra $5 because they don’t come in as often as women do.