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  1. Mia May 16, 2009 @ 8:01 pm

    This is funny. People are ridiculous. Doesn’t England have regulations like we do here?

    Actually, come to think of it, I wouldn’t be too surprised if something like that happened here. Don’t parents have any brains?

  2. Brittany May 17, 2009 @ 10:36 pm


    The girl involved here was at a public event where you can basically go into a tanning bed by putting in a few coins. It’s like a vending machine that deals UV radiation. The beds are supposed to be monitored, but whoever was on duty at the time, well, apparently wasn’t.

    In my opinion, the idea of an unmanned tanning booth doesn’t even compute. Of course children are going to be curious about a giant lighted box. What if they get stuck inside and are left with more than just burns? Have you ever seen the film Final Destination 3? Exactly.

    The mother should be held accountable in this situation, however. She’s the one who knew about her daughter’s desire to tan.

Tanning bed leaves 10-year-old burned, mom burning mad

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According to a recent report by Fox News, a 10-year-old girl in England suffered burns on 70 percent of her body. The cause: an unmanned tanning bed.

Apparently, the girl’s mother gave permission because the girl was “curious.”

The full report on this story never mentions the accountability of the mother.

The harmful, if not detrimental effects of ultraviolet light is not a topic of recent discovery or publicity. This, of course, begs the question, what was a 10-year-old girl doing in an unmanned tanning bed? And moreover, what was this 10-year-old girl doing in an unmanned tanning bed without the supervision of her mother, especially since the mother knew where the girl was?

The photograph provided on the Fox News Web site accompanying the piece hints to a side of the story not covered in the text. The girl’s skin has lost its red hue and has been left with hundreds of freckles, a form of skin discoloration and pigmentation; the result of excess UV damage. Her mother sits to her left with a skin tone that can only be described as reminiscent of the green-haired, candy-loading helpers of Willy Wonka.

The mother is now demanding that all unmanned salons are shut down. Hmm….

Brittany @ May 4, 2009

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