Mom faces child abuse charges for letting five year-old use tanning salon

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I’ll be completely honest here. The only reason I’m reporting this is because this lady’s face looks like a well browned turkey. I couldn’t resist viewing this story when I saw her bronzed beauty on the Today Show sidebar to our right.

The jist of this story is that this gloriously browned lady, 44 year-old New Jersey mom Patricia Crenzel, was reported to police after school officials noticed her five year-old ginger-haired daughter with a severe sunburn. The little girl said she went tanning with mommy, and Crenzel got reported for allegedly letting the girl use a tanning bed. Crenzel claimed that the girl didn’t go in the tanning bed and was only in the room with her, and that the child’s sunburn came from playing outside. Here’s more on this story and video, which is about to go viral thanks to its gravelly-voiced well baked star:

A New Jersey woman was arrested after police said she brought her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth, causing the girl to suffer burns.

But 44-year-old Patricia Krentcil, who was charged with second-degree child endangerment, said her daughter was never exposed to the tanning booth’s UV rays and instead got slightly sunburned while playing outside on a warm day.

“This whole big thing happened, and everyone got involved,” said Rich Krentcil. “It was 85 degrees outside, she got sunburned. That’s it. That’s all that happened.”

Patricia Krentcil said she treats her tanning salon trips as an errand in which she brings along her daughter, but insists the booth lights were never exposed to the girl.

“It’s like taking your daughter to go food shopping,” she told NBC 4 New York at her Nutley, N.J. home after being released on $25,000 bail. “There’s tons of moms that bring their children in.”

“I tan, she doesn’t tan,” she continued. “I’m in the booth, she’s in the room. That’s all there is to it.”
The incident happened over a week ago, but there did not appear to be any burns on the little girl Tuesday.

Patricia Krentcil said she’s been visiting her local salon for more than 10 years, and doesn’t know why her visits there with her daughter have suddenly been called into question.

In New Jersey, children under 14 are not allowed to tan at indoor salons, while those 14 to 17 years old may do so with signed parental consent.

“My daughter’s a beautiful girl who loves school, who had to go through this, and I think it’s traumatizing for a little girl who did nothing wrong but got a little sunburned,” Krentcil said.

She is expected to appear in court Wednesday and hopes to convince the judge it was all a misunderstanding.

[From MSNBC]

You know who this lady reminds me of? Magda from Something about Mary. (Photo below.) Of course people assumed that she would let her daughter use the tanning salon, because she goes around with a face that looks like an old shoe. I’m hoping that some fake bake is involved with that color, and that she put on a few coats prior to her big teevee appearance. Is it even possible to achieve that look with a tanning bed alone? That’s some dedication right there.

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  1. brin says:

    LMAO….I saw this story this morning and when I saw her face, I said “guilty!” You know this will be on all the late night shows.

  2. Chatcat says:

    OMG she looks like she could play a part on The Walking Dead and not have to see the makeup people at all! One look at her and DHS should take her kids away, and her membership to the tanning salon.

    • JoJo says:

      Zombie…that’s what I first thought, too. Ugh.

    • Maguita says:

      That is what I thought too!! At least the Keeper of the Crypt reborn.

      I cannot believe she is only 44!!! If this doesn’t turn you off tanning salons, I don’t what else would. I know some ladies that have been going for over 20 years now, and they too look like a clownish turkey burned to a crisp! I think they’re addicted..!

  3. some bitch says:

    What’s she tanning herself under, a broiler?

  4. tifygodess24 says:

    Wow. How has she not dropped dead from skin cancer? I swear we need to start screening people before they are allowed to have children.
    And she is totally Magda lol gross

  5. Liv says:

    People can be so stupid! She’s looking like hellboy by the way!

    • Addison says:

      Creepy looking for sure. I should not have clicked on this link while having lunch. Blech…

  6. marie says:

    oh that’s awful, she looks 60. why would you willingly do that to yourself?!?

    • BW says:

      I thought she was 60, too!

      Did anyone check the child’s tan lines? That would have been a giveaway as to whether she was playing outside or not. Usually when you play outside, you’ll get burn on the back of your neck, your nose, your arms and the tops of your feet. If she doesn’t have lines where her collar and shirt sleeves and shorts end, or her shoes, then she did the tanning bed.

      Obviously, she doesn’t believe in sunscreen, not even for her child.

      • Lyric says:

        Hey BW….don’t go insulting 60 years old…LOL…she looks like death warmed over and through…!

    • Agnes says:

      i keep hoping this isn’t real. who the hell would willingly look like this!?!?

  7. thinkaboutit says:

    How stupid, of course she didn’t take the child tanning. Does she look even remotely tan to ANYONE??

    • ahoyhoy says:

      At the time of the incident, the girl had a “severe sunburn”. With a ginger complexion, it is normal that she would burn only, and not show a tan after the burn heals. I have that complexion.

      • marie says:

        I do too, I can burn/blister and go back to pastey white within a week.. I’ve never been able to get a tan..

      • ahoyhoy says:

        I feel your pain, Marie. lol.
        I have learned to embrace the pale, reminding myself that my complexion would’ve been THE SHIT just a century or so ago!

      • PrettyTarheel says:

        Ooh, ohh, I want to jump into this conversation. My son is a ginger with very fair skin, and I am pasty white as well. I hoped he would get his father’s beautiful, light gold tones, but no. We live in a beach town, and we look like tourists year round.

      • Red Granny says:

        True, some people just don´t get a tan. I´m not a ginger, but I have very fair skin, so I too go from red back to white when I get a sun burn.

  8. fabgrrl says:

    I dunno. Seems like a non-story. If this woman didn’t look the way she did, I doubt this would be made public. The little girl got a bad sunburn, not the end of the world, since the kid was otherwise okay. I’m guessing the Mom wasn’t paying attention, and fell asleep or something, and the kid somehow got into the tanning booth. Totally stupid and negligent, yes. But if she is an otherwise good parent, then let her off with a very stern warning.

  9. lil ole me says:

    Kids aren’t allowed in the rooms at all. In school, when I worked at a well known tanning salon chain, we had Mothers want to bring BABIES in the rooms with them. They got a BIG FAT “NO” with lots of side eye. Then the Mom’s would always say “Well, can they (the kids) stay out here with you?” To which I replied “NO, I’m a salon associate, not a babysitter”. When you are back and forth cleaning beds and a kid gets taken or slips out the door- NOT my responsibility.

  10. says:

    I saw the picture before reading the caption and thought “poor burn victim”.

  11. keri says:

    Scarier than Leatherface (without the pun)

  12. mel2 says:

    All I can say is the Mom is a psycho.

  13. Esmom says:

    Hands down the worst case of tanorexia I’ve ever seen.

    I have not seen that particular shade on anyone, how is it even possible? Set the tanning bed to “brown shoe polish?”

    • brin says:


    • ahoyhoy says:

      I’m glad you mentioned it. I thought ‘tanorexia’ was kind of a joke until my best friend had it. She was naturally super-pale when we met, but in her late 20′s (the 1990′s), she started tanning. And tanning. And she would constantly ask me if I thought she looked pale or needed to go tan right away. She would literally call me at all hours to whine, “I can feel myself getting lighter,” with all the seriousness of someone battling cancer or something. My friend never tanned as bad as this lady, but Tanorexia is f’d up and can take over your life!

      UGH…This lady’s nose looks like it’s turning into one big spherical melanoma.

      • Esmom says:

        I had a friend who was exactly the same way, it was crazy. I haven’t seen her in 15 years or so but by the looks of her FB profile pic she’s still at it. Still she was never as BROWN as this lady!

    • Red Granny says:

      Umpa Lumpa

    • Kimbob says:

      Yes…YES…@Esmom…you nailed it! That’s exactly what she set that tan-bed dial for….shoe-polish brown…for SURE!

      When I first saw this woman’s pic, I…um…I’ve NEVER seen anyone look like this…ever! Does someone close to her (like her HUSBAND?!)not feel the need to intervene?! Seriously, this woman HAS A PROBLEM!

      What’s even worse, is that she probably feels she looks GOOD at this “shade.” It’s PITIFUL!

      Well, ever the optimist, she prolly doesn’t have a Vitamin D deficiency….LOL!!!

    • Zoe says:

      Think celebitchy is right, she has bronzed herself or applied self-tanner on top of the mess. Whatever it is, she’s an example for women not to fake & bake.

      She looks much lighter, although very tanning bed orange, in her mug shot.

      • Emily says:

        OMFG that mugshot is priceless. I’m currently have a very quiet laughing fit at work. What the hell is with her lipliner, too?

  14. Rux says:

    I know due to this woman’a appearance it may seem plausible that this happened but I actually believe the mom. I do not think she took her child tanning. BTW New York & New Jersey have had some really hot, sunny days the last few weeks, therefore the “sunburn outside” excuse I can buy. I got a little sunburn on my face last week when I took my dog to the dog park.

    • thinkaboutit says:

      So true. I went up on my roof that day when it hit the 80s and had to come back down immediately — the sun was hella strong and even I was starting to burn after just a few minutes, and I’m not burn-prone at all.

  15. Guest1 says:

    Actually, as early childhood teacher I find the whole thing gross and borders on child abuse. I saw the interview and she has a few screws loose and who knows what other things she does to her daughter. Also, by exposing her daughter early to sun burns this little girl has a higher rate of skin cancer.

    • thinkaboutit says:

      As a teacher, it’s irresponsible of you to make an assessment of her mental condition, and presenting those “credentials” like it makes you an expert is a JOKE. Do you jump to conclusions about all the families you encounter at daycare? Because you don’t have nearly enough information to make an accusation against this woman regarding “what else she does to her child.” Awful, I’m glad you don’t teach my kids.

      • Jess says:

        Are you Magda? This lady is CLEARLY off her rocker, defending her is not what a normal person would do. Also, any individual responsible for the professional care and education of children is TRAINED to be on the look out for abuse and take note of individuals who are “not the norm”. They are required by law to report any suspected abuse to police.

      • Kimbob says:

        I’m with @Jess! Leave @Guest1 ALONE! She was just saying what she does for a living AS A QUALIFIER, ok?!

        This woman is clearly OFF HER ROCKER, like @Jess asserts. And YES, it is a responsibility of teachers to be on the lookout for such!

        Seriously, it’s like you’re telling @Guest1 she can’t have AN OPINION on this website….I CAN’T STAND BULLIES, seriously.

      • Twez says:

        I’m a graduate student in mental health counseling. That bitch is crazy.

      • jamie says:

        thinkaboutit–you sound insane.

    • ahoyhoy says:

      O/T, but thank you for going into teaching. It’s a stressful, woefully underpaid profession.

    • Marie Antoinette Jr. says:

      I applaud the teachers at that school who noticed the mother’s tanning addiction. They did the right thing by putting 2 and 2 together and concluding that someone that deranged about tanning would be likely to endanger her kid with it.
      If they made a mistake, who cares? At least that crazy tanorexic knows now that someone is watching her.

    • Guest1 says:

      @Jess As a teacher for 15 years I am required by law, in my state, to report any suspected child abuse cases to DCFS. If there was abuse and I didn’t report it, I can be held legally responsible and loose my job. I have known many responsible teachers who have suspected a student in their class of being abused and reported to the proper authorities. Actually, early childhood teachers, in many states, take training classes in teaching teachers how to spot red flag behaviors in children and parents. Teachers are actually on the front line to protect children when they are being abused. I have reported abuse cases far less than this crazy lady with a tan and I am glad the school called her on it. If you have children in school I am sure that school has reported cases and you should hope that the teachers are properly trained.

      • thinkaboutit says:

        Yes please, judge the parents you encounter at YOUR SCHOOL. But please don’t decide you know who/what they are within 2 minutes of meeting them (under most circumstances; of course if you see some egregious behavior that is a different story). And please don’t judge them because of how they look. AND please don’t judge any parent based on a 40 second clip you saw on the news. To say this woman is “clearly mentally ill” and then toss out early childhood credentials as if that makes your assessment more valid, is irresponsible and ignorant. We can all form our opinions and share them, and it’s fun to do so, but to claim to KNOW that a parent is unfit based on the limited evidence we have seen is ignorant, whether you’re a teacher, a mental health professional, or just another internet nutjob.

      • Guilty pleasures says:

        Normally I abstain from being the grammar and spelling police, but you have been a teacher for 15 years and still use ‘loose’ when you mean ‘lose?’ Come on!!!!

    • Original Lucy says:

      I’m not a teacher or mental health professional, but anyone who does THAT to their face, has a mental problem…@ thinkaboutit – if you think that this is something a normal, well-balanced person does…then you have a screw loose…

  16. barbi says:

    Why would the daughter say she got the sunburn from a tanning bed if she got sunburned outside? 5 year olds (usually) don’t think to lie about something like that. It is not like she is lying about eating too much candy or something a kid would hide. She is disgusting looking, btw.

    • thinkaboutit says:

      She didn’t say she got burned tanning. She told other girls she went tanning. Since it’s part of her weekly routine, she may not have thought anything of saying “I went tanning with mommy,” meaning she went with mommy to the salon. Or perhaps she thought she sounded very grown up and sophisticated to her friends. Let’s not jump to conclusions here.

      • barbi says:

        @Thinkaboutit, I stand corrected. I just saw the story (West Coast) and I do have to say it could have been her just “bragging” to friends. My point wasn’t that kids do not make things up, all I was saying was that if she got sunburned outside, why would she tell an adult she was in tanning bed. After hearing she told friends, that totally makes more sense. Kids for sure would say something like that. I actually believe the Mom. Honestly pisses me off that they are all over her, but someone can beat their child and never have anything happen, until they beat their poor baby to death. Disgusting! :-(

    • jc126 says:

      The kid probably doesn’t know you can get burned from the sun, given all the time her mom spends in the tanning bed.

      Shame on the mom for not putting sunscreen on the kid. By 5 years old, the mother should know her daughter’s skin can burn.

    • kidasaurus says:

      I have a 4 year old, and he makes up stuff all the time. Sometimes he likes to tell us he’s going to “work”. Or that he’s drinking “coffee”. Children imitate their parents and pretend to be adults all the time. And this weird idea that small children don’t lie or make up things is crazy. Young children can have a hard time telling reality from imagination or even a dream. They’re extremely impressionable. This woman might like look a piece of dried up old leather, but that isn’t evidence of child abuse.

      • Suzen says:

        Yeah, mine bragged/lied to everyone at school that she got 12 puppies for Xmas. Her concerned teacher even asked me about it. She got ONE… ONE dog. Duh. Tots sometimes exaggerate out of ignorance or for attention.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        When I go to work, my 3 1/2 year old son asks if I’m going to “bury people.” At school the other day he told the teacher “mommy buries people!” She seemed a little creeped out when she was telling me what he said, but got a good laugh when she found out it was true.

      • bluhare says:

        MDID: That’s a cute story. Bet your son doesn’t take much crap growing up.

      • Katija says:

        I’m the youngest in my family and moved here when I was one… I totally used to lie about Russia when I was a kid. Except I’d hardly ever really been there, so I was just making crap up. Oh yeah. We totally had water slides everywhere and eat ice cream every morning in the old country. For sure.

        I can’t believe I’m defending her, but just because she looks like an Ugg boot that was rescued from a house fire doesn’t mean that this wasn’t a case of her daughter just running her mouth and causing unnecessary hoopla. Kids do that all the time.

      • lower-case deb says:

        this “research” came out about two years ago :)
        i don’t know whether the science has been debunked yet or whether it still stands, but it’s fascinating nevertheless

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        @bluhare, thanks! 😉

  17. imabrat says:

    Oh good heavens, not so early in the morning.

  18. TheOriginalKitten says:

    When I was in college I worked at a tanning salon and there was woman who always came in that looked VERY much like this lady. She was also anorexic on top of TANorexic. Rumor was that she was 32 but it was impossible for me to believe as she looked 45. She was a total bitch to all of us girls that worked there but I couldn’t help feeling sorry for her. Seemed like a severe case of BDD…

  19. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    I was eating breakfast when I saw this on the homepage. I had to really control my gag reflexes and read another post while I finished eating before coming back to read this…Not that it helped much, her face has me quite nauseous.

  20. daz says:

    i had to check the date and make sure it wasn’t 1st of april, when i read that she was 40 because she looks about 60. how on earth does she think that looks good.

  21. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    This is scary.

  22. kibbles says:

    This woman clearly has addiction issues. No one with a right mind would tan to the point of looking like this. It looks painful and it is clearly hideous. Addicts can’t see that they are killing themselves and harming the people they love. I hope she is ordered to seek medical treatment for the sake of her daughter.

    • Kim says:

      I don’t know the regulations at tanning salons, but shouldn’t the staff be able to refuse entry to people like this who are clearly doing harm to themselves?

  23. picopink says:

    If she let her daughter go in the tanning booth,that’s ridiculous! But if her face isn’t a poster against tanning salons, I don’t know what is!! She’s obviously addicted to it. Either she thinks she looks good or doesn’t care how it looks..unbelievable!

  24. Hanna says:

    Looks like someone threw pure melted copper on her.. damn.

  25. TXCinderella says:

    If she is guilty of doing this, her punishment should be being forced to visit people who are dying or have had a recent amputation caused from skin cancer.

  26. Chell says:

    She should be hired to do a PSA for teenagers on the effects of tanning salon abuse. When are people going to wake up & realize the dangers? And yes, I did abuse tanning beds when I was a teenager, but have since then wised up!

  27. Annie says:

    The tanning salon should be in trouble for letting her take her daughter in the room. Why isn’t anyone mentioning the eye damage the daughter can get . She has no eye protection. This lady is cra-cra. So sad that she is raising children

  28. Jess says:

    Omg, she reminds of the Russian woman who used to tan a lot at the old tanning salon I worked at. Someone asked her why she tans a lot and she said her African American bf wanted her to look very dark rofl.

  29. Dibba says:

    I laughed out loud. Shouldn’t have, but I did when I saw the photo

  30. Franny says:

    Let this be a warning for everyone who goes tanning religiously. This lady is 44, but looks 74. No thanks.

    • yuya says:

      LOL. I asked my husband this morning how old he thought she was…and he said, lates 60′s. I look at him and go: “She’s MY age.”

      I look like a teenager compared to her.

  31. Green_Eyes says:

    How many salons a day does she go to and how many days a week to achieve that sickening look???? I can get way too dark, IF I am outside too long. However, I have never gotten THAT lobster baked in broiler zombified look nor do I know anyone that has… WOW. I just cant fathom a Salon being proud to have her be their walking billboard so to speak, I’d have to tell her sorry but I have the right to refuse service. KS has laws, no one under 16 can use indoor Salons, over 16-18 w/ parents consent. Children are not allowed in the rooms period, some Salons are kid friendly, some have a no kids period sign. Common sense she should have been putting Sunscreen on her little girl for yrs now, but guess SHE was in a hurry that day get to the Salon & lil one burnt (doesn’t take long or a pale child to burn outside… 15 minutes she could have a good burn. My lil Sis has my moms complexion & for yrs she couldn’t go to the pool w/ me. . Back in the day. W/ my health one vice I can still keep is tanning, but shoot me if I achieve that color, for then I have lost my mind….

  32. DiaBLa says:

    Hmmmm…exposing your daughter to a tanning bed at 5 years old…skin cancer and eye damage. Way to go, Mommy Leatherface…..
    She prob goes to several salons in one day to achieve that look as well.
    She also looks toothless in her interview….i would think she would invest in some dentures…

  33. lucy2 says:

    Good Lord, she’s 44? FORTY FOUR????? I would have guess mid 60s at best.
    Lots of us here in the Northeast got a little too much sun the past few weekends, so I’m thinking that’s what happened to the daughter.
    However, that woman needs some serious help. No one of a sound mind willing makes themselves look extra crispy.

  34. Jackson says:

    Beyond all of the excellent points others have already made, the only thing I can add is that I am literally stunned that this woman is 44. I honestly cannot believe that is here real age. Lordy. I think the American Dermatology Association has found their poster child.

  35. Anastasia says:

    I fail to understand why the tanning salon allows her to bring her five year old in the room with her.

    Also, I was eating breakfast when I saw this and had to quickly scroll past her face. Not much makes me gag, but that literally did. Lord.

  36. jwoolman says:

    Never mind about the kid – Is it legal for a tanning salon to let someone use a booth whose skin is already so damaged from tanning? There are laws against serving drinks to drunks… Really.

  37. Ming says:

    Humbug, obviously she’s a social activist: Black Power !

  38. Beck says:

    It does look like she has been dipped in copper. Last year on vacation, I saw a couple of people on the beach that looked like that. And, one was had so much oil on her, I thought I could smell her skin frying.

    I think this woman is a tanorexic plus she uses lots of bronzer since, you know, she wants to look tan. Maybe she will see herself on TV, read all the comments on the internets, and get herself some help.

    Even if her daughter was not in the tanning bed, she should never be allowed in the room. This woman has a few screws loose.

  39. Jenna says:

    “…this lady’s face looks like a well browned turkey.”

    I could NOT stop laughing at that. :D

  40. janie says:

    Some of my (very pale) friends started working at tanning salons and suddenly became incredibly dark and bleached their hair blonde. What is it about tanning beds that is so addictive? Being that unnaturally tan doesn’t even look good.

    I can’t believe anyone allows this woman to tan looking like this. If I was a tanning salon employee and she walked in, I would refuse service. She’s killing herself.

  41. irishserra says:

    I saw this photo and thought:

    “Celebitchy doing a story about women coal-miners?”

  42. Jezi says:

    This scares me. Idk, I have a hard time believing that she would be tanning her daughter. But hey, you never know nowadays.

  43. Dorothy says:

    I feel sorry the woman. she obviously thinks she looks good like that. Her dermatologist has his hands full with this one.

  44. ladybert62 says:

    She has some serious psychological issues and needs help.

  45. Nina says:

    Linnocent is back on the tan? She looks GREAT.

  46. Isa says:

    It’s so easy for kids to get a sunburn. It doesn’t really show up until 24 hours later. My kids have red hair. My little girl was outside for about 30 minutes and she started turning pink so we went inside. The next day it was so much worse. It was red and you could see the outline of her shirt. I felt horrible! Normally I’m really good about putting sunscreen on her, but that day I figured she’d be okay for just a little while. I learned my lesson! That woman looks horrible. So crispy. I wonder what she sees when she looks at herself?

  47. Chickie Baby says:

    Good Lord Almighty! Magda is EXACTLY who I thought of, as well! It was funny in the movie, but in real life? Dang.

    It’s women like this who make me feel better about being the same age as her, but with unwrinkled skin that makes me look decades younger. Cripes, lady.

  48. brasileira says:

    God, I saw the picture and thought… now Celebitchy is going to comment on coal mines working conditions too?

  49. person3514 says:

    If the parents on toddlers and tiaras can get away with the crap they do, then they need to leave her alone. Maybe put her in a parenting class, but don’t take her kid.

  50. jjrox says:

    She looks worse than Magda. There is no way she got that brown from just the tanning bed. I bet she does self tanner too.That stuff can make you brown if you slather it on. I feel sad for her, she’s like the plastic surgery cat faced lady. She keeps doing it because she thinks it makes her look better but it just makes her look crazy.

  51. the original bellaluna says:

    44? She looks 77! Step a-w-a-y from the tanning salon and put down the bronzer.

  52. AudreyS says:

    I used to go to tanning salons in my 20s and 30s and used to layout in the sun. But I stopped the moment I realized I was literally “cooking” myself. It’s really gross when you thing about it.

  53. MOONAGE says:

    She looks like one of those unfortunate men in vintage footage thats done a hard shift down T’Pit.

  54. Princess Lizabeth says:

    OW, MY EYES!!

    I don’t know how I will get the image of this woman out of my head. There needs to be an intervention for her immediately!!

  55. Leslie says:

    She looks like she has an auto-immune disorder that turns your skin this weird bronzey color, I can’t remember what it’s called…

  56. I Choose Me says:

    OMG I don’t want to laugh at this woman as she clearly has issues but this entire thread is cracking me up.

    My favourites: She looks like William H Macy at a minstrel show.
    Did she set the tanning booth to brown shoe polish?
    Did she tan under a broiler?
    She looks like an Ugg boot resuced from a fire.
    She looks just like bacon, yummy!

    gg – your comment made me laugh the hardest. :D

    • NYC_girl says:

      #72 is very funny too – “char-broiled football.” I laughed out loud. I just saw the woman on the news going into the courtroom – she didn’t look as bad as the pic above. Orange, but not like she smeared shoe polish all over her face. In another pic she’s used black eyeliner as a lip-liner. That’s pretty bad too.

  57. malthusia says:

    I say keep tanning! Tan more! More bronzer too!

    And keep a photo blog so we can all laugh at you.

    Who really cares if she kills herself? I don’t.

  58. tammy crago says:

    What kind of unethical salon owner would allow her to tan at their place.I was addicted to tanning years ago but inever looked like this. she has to be doing several tanning sessions a day.she obviously has mental issues. I have a friend whos boyfriend worked in the sun all day got melatona and died within 3 months. This woman will never see her daughter graduate from high school. she needs help bad!

    • crtb says:

      The law says you can use the same tanning salon 7 days a week, once a day for 12 minutes. Why should the salon be held responsible if someone wants to bake themselves to death? How can they know if when she leaves their place, she isn’t going to another tanning salon then another.

  59. Candyland says:

    If it was hot and 85 outside why didn’t Patricia tan outside instead of the booth? And why didn’t she put lotion on the kid?

    All I can think lookin at her is Fried Pork Rind.

  60. Candyland says:

    Don’t arrest the Mother. Get her some parenting classes. Burning outside in the sun’s just as bad as in a tanning booth. Excusing one and condemning the other don’t change that the kid could get cancer from either method. Hope not.

  61. Ginger says:

    I saw this early this morning when I checked my yahoo e-mail…I couldn’t believe it…I know I just woke up?? Is this a nightmare and I’m still asleep??!! I kept coming back to it because it’s like a bad car wreck…you can’t help looking….ugh!! She is literally so scary! Her daughters little school mates probably run away from her!

  62. Eric says:

    Actually I think she put shoe polish on
    her face to plead insanity, this is too
    dark by any tanning salon’s standards.

  63. The Bobster says:

    I’ve seen burn victims who looked better.

  64. Jayna says:

    How sad. She thinks she looks good. Mental problems to do that to herself. Her husband looks normal. How can he look at her?

  65. Mary says:

    You know what’s sad? I’ve seen women walking around in my city who are almost as dark as this woman – from tanning, of course, not naturally. It’s a sickness, I think, or an addiction, when you need to tan THAT much and you actually take pride in looking like that.

  66. iseepinkelefants says:

    I thought this was a story about William H. Macy in blackface or something. How the hell do you turn that color? That’s a ‘not found in nature color’ if I ever saw one.

  67. Hypocricy says:

    Whatever happened, this woman’s face should be a wake up call for this society and the tanorexic attitude laxness that prevails in countries like the US or Australia that now tries to tackle this health problem.

    We keep on hearing much more about stars or black people bleaching their skin and very few is heard in comparison to the lethal damages of skin tanning which kills even more and disturbingly increasingly every year.

    There are now some people wanting and pushing a law to forbid tanning salons in Australia because of the number of skin cancer and death related to it which has doubled in a span of one generation only. Australia, the USA are among the main countries with an upsurge of skin cancer because of tanorexic laxness and there are zero campaign to raise awarness about this smooth criminal.

    Au contraire, we still equal tanned skin to good health while pale is deemed as unhealthy. We keep on blaming the media and stars for putting pressure on young women to be skinny but applaud when a star is tanned putting the same pressure on young women to get under the sun too soon, too young.

    • ZenB!tch says:

      This is not normal nor is it healthy nor attractive. She makes Snooki look light. That and I don’t think Snooki can have a ginger child.

  68. Lisa says:

    I just grabbed a rosary and some holy water.

  69. Moi says:

    This lady looks ridiculous, but no more so than chicks who go overboard with plastic surgery, DSL lips, botox or bad hair dye jobs.

    She obviously has body image problems, but not sure that makes her a bad parent. If she would have taken her little girl into the tanning bed, I think she would have been burnt to a crisp with her fair skin (and I think she would still be recovering). With that being said, I think the person who ratted her out (based on what the kid said) did the right thing. Too many people ignore things these days.

  70. Marianne says:

    What makes her think that look is attractive? Seriously…

  71. Psyren says:

    Since when is having skin like a char-broiled football attractive? She looks damn near reptilian.

  72. Sara says:

    whats the problem if this woman…
    she saind “I would never take my 5 old daughter to tanning salon, This is crazy,This is not normal” Well,… lady,… do you real feel normal? because honestly you looks ugly, and you should go to a doctor, because you can have cancer in the future.

  73. DailyNightly says:

    Broiler Zombie. I know someone who does the same thing. She’s a really attractive woman but she is that peculiar shade of orange brown. I nearly fell off my chair the first time I saw her, too.

  74. DemoCat827 says:

    She scares me. She looks like a jack-o-lantern!

  75. ZenB!tch says:

    You know who this lady reminds me of? Magda from Something about Mary. (Photo below.)

    OMG! Totally, my first thought! She’s 44 and looks 64. I feel like posting a photo of my 43 year old forehead as a contrast shot. She looks like she got her Faces of Meth face tanned then spray tanned then painted. It’s not a nice look and I think she is darker than Magda. LOL!

  76. wunder says:

    She looks like the ‘missing link’ in an anthropological film.

  77. AcesHigh says:

    I wonder if she owns a mirror…
    Also, I wouldn’t doubt that the little girl got a burn from the outdoors. My boyfriend is a ginger, and he’ll get a sunburn after like twenty minutes of being in the sun. I’d hate to imagine what a tanning bed would do to the girl. o.o

  78. Lunamayi says:

    Good heavens, she does look like William H Macy after he fell down a mine shaft!

  79. The Original Mia says:

    She’s a walking PSA for overtanning. Damn, she looks like rawhide.

  80. Jordan says:

    She looks like a creepy mummy. And she has a 5 year old daughter? Don’t you mean grand-daughter, b/c damn!

  81. jamie says:

    YIKESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS does she not know tanning ages you! she looks like she’s in late 50′s! yuckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  82. wunder says:

    She looks like something from the Discovery Channel. Like some show about mummification in ancient Egypt.

  83. Kosmos says:

    This has been hilarious reading some of the comments. On the serious side, however, if a mother brings a child into the tanning salon with her, the child should not be allowed into the same room as the tanning bed. If the salon owners adhere to the rules, they would not allow a child in a bed or even into a private room, so the child would have to wait for the mother in another area. I’m not even sure this is allowable, to leave your young child unattended, unless the staff are willing to babysit.

  84. crazycatlady says:

    I’m so glad Celebitchy picked this up. This woman is, to quote Kathy Griffin, “a little gift from baby Jesus!” What a hoot. (“Browned turkey” – brilliant!) I mean, is she fer realz? I know that tanning addiction is real (I had a mild case of it in my late teens/early 20s), but does she not look in the mirror and realize she looks like Al Jolson?

    I agree, in the interview she clearly looks like she has emptied a whole can of Banana Boat spray tan on her face alone.

    I predict she’s going to be a comedy legend. We have just scraped the surface of the sh-ts & giggles we’re going to get from this one.

  85. Deb says:

    Here’s her mugshot. She’s lighter and more orange, but check out the black eyeliner for lipliner:;next

  86. Meanchick says:

    44yrs.?!!! Oh HAY-ELL no! Her skin looks like jerky. She looks like the poster child for tanning salon abuse.

  87. boo says:

    I don’t know where to begin! There are so many things wrong with this story, first off, does this woman not listen to the news? It’s bad for you to bake until you are the color of dirt! I don’t think she put her child in the booth, I do believe that the little girl probably got a little sunburn in her back yard, she’s a little redhead. But, on the other hand, if I had a child that light skinned I would have to slather her in spf to even go outside. When my little one was 2, I could hardly grab her by her little hand she was so slippery from all the spf I slathered on her! So, yeah, she’s out of touch this one, once in a while someone runs a story on people that seem to be living in the world as we know it, but they live in their own little bubble of ignorance. Her little child is also learning a terrible lesson about tanning from her own mother, and she’s a little ginger child, what is she going to do when she gets older, bake like mommy does? That would really be a crime, cause that lady does not look good.

  88. tmbg says:

    Stick a fork in her because she’s done.

    She makes a ganguro girl look like Snow White. O_O;

  89. Dawning Red says:

    For a moment, I thought she was something you had to kill to get to the next level of a video game!

    Or maybe it’s a monster from Dungeons and Dragons – a “Leather Golem”?

  90. Overrated says:

    First glance at the thumbnail pic I thought it was Jennifer Aniston.

  91. Mikey B says:

    I’m from Nutley, where this woman is from. Its 70% italian, I’m said to say this happens, its really sad.

  92. Twez says:

    It looks as though she touched up with that bodybuilder contest paint. Her tanorexia is advanced and regular over-the-counter self-tanner or Mystic Tan isn’t enough for her.

  93. labyrinth says:

    I dont know but that look is verging on ‘black face’. It looks like tanner syrup on top of extreme sunbed time. How do dark skinned people feel about this i wonder?

  94. She looks like the jar of apple butter in my fridge

  95. jover says:

    I’m laughing so hard i can’t think of any thing to type too too funny and sad; wunder gets the prize for my money -she’s an archeological exhibit not a human being.

  96. nomer says:

    She looks like a piece of beef jerky!

  97. WTF? says:

    She must be getting some type of sick pleasure from tanning, because she can’t be doing this for looks. A serious hit and miss.