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WTF: When Tanning Goes Terribly Wrong

1:11 pm - 05/02/2012

Recently, a New Jersey mom was arrested for allegedly allowing her six-year-old daughter to catch some rays in the tanning booth after her daughter told the school nurse that her sunburn came from “tanning with mommy.” Although the mom said her daughter’s sunburn happened the old-fashioned way—playing outside—authorities weren’t buying it. They charged Patricia Krentcil with Second Degree Child Endangerment, and she’s now fighting to clear her name.

Despite Krentcil’s claims that she didn’t allow her daughter to hop in the tanning bed, a crime for anyone under the age of 14 in New Jersey, there is one thing that has to be working against her case: Her face.

(link to vid, as lj doesn't seem to like the embedding script)

Judging by her appearance on camera, Krentcil has spent many a day in the booth, so much so that I thought she was in blackface when I first glanced at the accompanying picture.

While child endangerment is a serious charge, I couldn’t stop myself from laughing hysterically as Krentcil explained the situation to her local news affiliate. I give them props, though. Throughout the entire news report no one mentioned her noticeably leathery skin or the fact that she looks utter ridiculous with her burnt sienna skin and too-blonde hair.

Although I can’t really comment on whether or not she endangered her child, judging by Krentcil’s skin she looks like she’s done enough damage to herself to last a lifetime.

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lickety_split 2nd-May-2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
I saw the pic before I read the title or the article was ready to explode with outrage over blackface but now that I realize what the topic is... I just... what... I... nope... can't.
chaya 2nd-May-2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
We need a "not blackface" tag.
scolaro 2nd-May-2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
Judging by her appearance on camera, Krentcil has spent many a day in the booth, so much so that I thought she was in blackface when I first glanced at the accompanying picture.

My first thought as well. Holy shit, how can anyone ruin their body like this on purpose?!
clevermanka 2nd-May-2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
how can anyone ruin their body like this on purpose?!

I'm trying not to judge it negatively, and instead see it as a radical body-modification choice. I'm failing at that, but I'm trying.
lacunaz 2nd-May-2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
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chaya 2nd-May-2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
What, like, your body craves the vitamin D or something?
kitanabychoice 2nd-May-2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
oh dear. o_O
tilmon 2nd-May-2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
How can a tanning parlor allow someone with such obvious skin damage to keep using their facilities? Bars get closed if they serve they already drunk. Shouldn't tanning parlors have to also refuse the already damaged?

And what's with having a small child in the same room as the tanning bed? That's just asking for trouble.
mysid 2nd-May-2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
To put in the number of hours that she seems to do, she probably has a tanning bed at home.
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clevermanka 2nd-May-2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
Right there with you.
devilstay 2nd-May-2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
lol, got nothing to say, apart from the fact that this lady was clearly, a nails inch away from ending like a Final Destination movie.
cpsings4him 2nd-May-2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
mercaque 2nd-May-2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
Holy fuck, that picture. It's hard to snark or laugh given that she's involving her daughter in whatever issues she's got going on.
blunder_buss 2nd-May-2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
WOW. I didn't even know that caucasian people could GET that dark. Holy shit lady haven't you ever heard of melanoma?
deathchibi 2nd-May-2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
I honestly suspect there's an addiction or greater issue at hand. When your skin turns *leathery*, there's definitely got to be something up. I always wince when I see pictures like this because oh man, melanoma city and her skin's got to be beaten up like whoa. :(

I'm glad they at least put a minimum age on these tanning beds and acted on the law. I can't imagine frying your children, too.
mollywobbles867 2nd-May-2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
I don't know whether to laugh or cry. She has ruined her skin. If she doesn't have or get skin cancer at some point, I will be shocked.
alryssa 2nd-May-2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
*tilts head*
sestree 2nd-May-2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's something similar to an eating disorder. Follow me here for a second: remember how anorexics don't see themselves as too skinny but rather fat????

Maybe she has a psychological need to change away from what she was/is and is doing it that way. IN that case, she wouldn't see if wrong to expose her daughter to that either. Instead of 'just a few more pounds' it could be 'just a little bit darker' and I will be perfect.

So sad. So very very sad.
pipsdixiechick 2nd-May-2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
And to add to this that the girl is a fair-skinned red-head, who are already at an even higher risk for skin cancer. I can't with this idiot.
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