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On preparing a hide for tanning

June 3rd, 2013 · 56 comments

Many cultures throughout history have used urine in the process of tanning [animal hides]. As Amanda in Colorado shows us, that tradition continues today among the animals that frequent the tanning salons of America!

We ask that you PLEASE refrain from using the restroom in our wastebaskets. ALL client activity is monitored. If caught we will PERMANENTLY terminate your tanning account and we will issue NO REFUNDS. Your account will be noted and you will NOT be welcome back. We like to maintain a CLEAN, SANITIZED environment for our clients...Urinating in our trash cans are not only un-sanitary, but, it is disgusting and we will not tolerate such activity. Please note: We can stop your tanning session at anytime and re-start should you need the facilities at any time. Our restrooms are located at the front of the main lobby as you walk into salon. THANK YOU

The takeaway? Whether your poison is sun, spray, or fake-and-bake, it comes with a lovely combination of cancer and piss on the side. (I’m gonna stick with my SPF.)

related: The Golden Glow of the Tanning Salon

extra credit: Newsflash! Sunscreen works. []

FILED UNDER: piss · that's trashy · that's unsanitary

56 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Roto13

    I still can’t believe this is a thing that happens. People who go to tanning salons are freaks.

    Jun 3, 2013 at 9:22 pm   rating: 36  small thumbs up

  • #2   Iwill FindU

    Ok so most people get the hang of this whole potty training thing during their toddler-hoods. So what the heck is with all these gross people needing notes telling them were to use the bathroom.
    I mean if a 3yr old has the common sense to be embarrassed when they don’t make it to the bathroom what is wrong with these adults?
    Do they need to back into diapers?
    (Not meant as an insult to anyone with bladder problems)

    Jun 3, 2013 at 9:29 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   H for Toy

      I think I’ve said this before, but isn’t there a limit to how long you can be in a tanning bed? Shouldn’t you go beforehand and be able to hold it for 20 minutes or half an hour? If you’re in there so long that you have to pee in the garbage can, maybe you should be more worried about skin cancer.

      Jun 4, 2013 at 7:25 am   rating: 25  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   SeeYouInTea

      I’ve heard of some people going to multiple tanning salons in one day because of the time limits. Some will go to about 3 just to maintain their tan.

      Jun 4, 2013 at 12:40 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #2.3   Raichu

      Toy, the sign said you could pause your session to pee (though I agree it’s more convenient to go before or after).

      Jun 4, 2013 at 3:16 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #2.4   kermit

      In all likelihood, their remaining brain cells were fried in the process.

      So that’s why they don’t know better.

      Besides, who else (besides reality tv show people) actually go to tanning salons now?

      Jun 4, 2013 at 4:00 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #2.5   H for Toy

      Raichu, I saw that, but I can understand that it might be annoying to get dressed just to run and pee, then get undressed again. But holding it has to be better than the garbage can.

      Jun 4, 2013 at 7:16 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #2.6   Raichu

      lol I guess that just depends on how badly you have to go.

      Kermit, I see a lot of fake tanning around my campus. And there are a ton of tanning salons in the college town around my university. I don’t know anyone personally who does it though. I find it mind-boggling. What’s the point?

      Jun 6, 2013 at 11:08 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #2.7   Pixaroo

      High school girls go tanning a scary amount. Or at least they did when I was there, a few years ago. I remember being in a class when I was a sophomore listening to two girls talking about it. “I haven’t been tanning in FOREVER. Like, seriously, it’s been three days.” Same with a lot of girls I knew when I was in college. I find it really disturbing, honestly. It’s like they have no idea what they’re doing to themselves.

      Jun 8, 2013 at 6:43 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #3   AshMarie

    Who the heck is like, “Man…don’t want to waste any minutes on my time. Better pee in the trash can.” Like, how into tanning are you when you won’t leave the room to pee?

    Jun 3, 2013 at 9:30 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Jami

      Ever hear of Tan Mom?

      Some people are just freaking addicted. I had a girl probably about 19 or 20 with a really unnatural looking deep tan come into my work to check out a James Patterson book to read at the beach. I just wanted to grab her, slather her in SPF 100, and tell her she was already looking like a 200 year old leather suitcase and to not go to the beach.

      She also had to use her boyfriend’s card because she owed $60 in fines.

      Jun 3, 2013 at 9:47 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

  • #4   jdaniel

    “Just where do you think you are at? WalMart???”

    Jun 3, 2013 at 9:32 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

  • #5   diogenes bang

    While the note is a nice attempt, I don’t think it’s necessary. If I were to walk into the tanning room and be faced with the olfactory melange of piss and people-who-tan, I believe I’d turn around and walk out. Ah, who am I kidding. I wouldn’t be caught dead (with or without melanoma) in a tanning salon to begin with.

    Jun 3, 2013 at 9:37 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

  • #6   Rachel

    If they didn’t want people to urinate in there, they shouldn’t have put restrooms in their wastebaskets.

    Jun 3, 2013 at 10:35 pm   rating: 69  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   doodleysquat

      Why would anyone need to throw something into a wastebasket in the short time you’re in there? Remove the wastebaskets and install chamber pots like civilized people.

      Jun 11, 2013 at 6:38 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #7   Noel

    This note is familiar. Haven’t I read this before here?

    Jun 4, 2013 at 12:23 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Noel

      Umm…err….should have clicked the related content. Guess this is common. Eww.

      Jun 4, 2013 at 12:25 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #8   Madrias

    I’ll stick to my use of sunscreen in the outside world and stick to the healthy glow of my monitor as the only source of tanning for me.

    Jun 4, 2013 at 4:45 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   The Elf

      I’m rocking the alabaster over here myself.

      Jun 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #8.2   L

      I ended up with a blue stain on my arms because I sprayed myself with sunblock and then put on a sweater XD

      Jun 5, 2013 at 1:44 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #9   Lil'

    Why do we have to tell adults these kinds of things?

    Jun 4, 2013 at 7:19 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Tesselara

      Right?! My guess–raised by wolves. Naked, tan wolves with no shame.

      Jun 4, 2013 at 7:24 am   rating: 24  small thumbs up

    • #9.2   Jami

      To them tanning > acting like a civilized human being.

      Jun 4, 2013 at 7:34 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #9.3   Madrias

      Hey, hey, hey, don’t insult the wolves like that! Some of us who were raised that way seem to have better manners.

      Jun 6, 2013 at 1:27 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #10   jUstPunkin

    Wait.. so someone is actually watching people tan? Because that was my take away (that, and the whole “really, gross, pee in a garbage can – WTF thingy).

    But, yea, so they are monitoring all activity – does that mean some creepy guy is watching naked ladies in a tanning booth?

    Jun 4, 2013 at 9:29 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Lil'

      And if he’s watching, then why don’t they already know who is peeing in the trash can?

      Jun 4, 2013 at 9:33 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #10.2   tylerzmum

      It’s not that they’re watching, it’s that they have to go in and clean the room after each person is done…I worked in a tanning salon a long time ago, and pee in the trashcan wasn’t even the worst thing I saw in those rooms :S

      Jun 4, 2013 at 10:11 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #10.3   Raichu

      It’s like having a security cam – if you found pee in the trash can you could go back and see whodunnit. No need to watch the whole time.

      Tylerzmum…do tell? (Will I regret that?)

      Jun 4, 2013 at 3:19 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #10.4   Beatus Mongous

      I’ve heard of people having sex on tanning beds. Personally, I prefer a real bed.

      Jun 4, 2013 at 4:44 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #11   Ermengarde bang

    Merely thumbing a comment on this thread makes me want a shower.

    Jun 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #12   bob loblaw

    Sign only mentions whizzing in the trash can, all those who are crapping in it may continue …..

    Jun 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

  • #13   Raichu

    I can’t believe this happens enough for a sign to be necessary. How gross.

    (I am of the opinion that salon tanning gross anyway, but that’s just a whole ‘nother level of gross)

    Jun 4, 2013 at 3:22 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #14   Beatus Mongous

    Urinating are?

    Jun 4, 2013 at 4:45 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #15   Amanda

    I submitted this, and I just want to mention that I do not tan regularly. I’m getting married next week and wanted a little color before the big day.

    Jun 4, 2013 at 5:41 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Dana


      Jun 4, 2013 at 6:37 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #15.2   H for Toy

      Congratulations, Amanda! I’d pick a new tanning salon before the big day, though :)

      Jun 4, 2013 at 7:14 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #15.3   redheadwglasses

      Congrats and have a great time! My friend tanned before going on her honeymoon last month simply to avoid the burn she’d get in otherwise.

      Jun 5, 2013 at 11:13 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #15.4   Beatus Mongous

      Amanda, you are evil, you tanning addict!

      But congratulations anyway!

      Jun 5, 2013 at 4:24 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #15.5   Raichu

      Congrats :D

      Jun 6, 2013 at 11:11 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #16   mustgonow bang

    I never urinate in the trash cans when I tan(never) , but if I have to poo, well what else would I do?

    Jun 4, 2013 at 11:40 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   The Elf

      Use the walmart dressing room, like a civilized person!

      Jun 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #17   redheadwglasses

    People! My goodness! The wastecans are NOT for urinating in! That’ll just make the poop float to the top!

    Jun 5, 2013 at 9:26 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

  • #18   AuntyBron

    Can’t you just see the sequence of events in the mind of the whizzer:
    Week 1 – Don’t want to get dressed to go to the john (whizzzzzz) Maybe no one will notice
    Week 2 – Nobody noticed last week so I’m good to go (har-har) (whizzzzzz)

    Jun 5, 2013 at 5:40 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #19   Sorcha

    The teenage daughter of a friend of mine quit her job at a tanning salon when a client took a dump right there in the bed, and her boss wanted her to clean it up – without plastic gloves.

    Apparently, this was a fairly regular occurrence.

    Jun 5, 2013 at 11:29 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   The Elf

      Somebody’s gotta clean it, but no plastic gloves?! I don’t blame her for a second.

      Jun 6, 2013 at 7:54 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #19.2   redheadwglasses

      Cleaning up poop = boss’s job. Not mine. A tanning salon attendant isn’t getting paid enough for that. To para-quote Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon: “I’m getting too old for this shit.”

      Jun 6, 2013 at 8:16 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #19.3   Raichu

      0_0 I don’t blame her one iota. How disgusting.

      Jun 6, 2013 at 11:13 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #20   redheadwglasses

    In a recent post at, a customer was so angry that she couldn’t use the bathroom of the clothing store (in a mall, and the public restroom was just around the corner from the store), she peed and pooped on new clothing in the fitting rooms.

    I can’t even comprehend doing that or raising someone who would do that.

    Jun 6, 2013 at 8:16 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   Raichu

      So entitled and idk…just…selfish and entitled to an astounding degree.

      (Also, NAR rocks!)

      Jun 6, 2013 at 11:15 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #20.2   Melzi

      That’s just not even human. Perhaps they were alien – can’t we send them back to Mars on the next mission?

      Jun 7, 2013 at 5:45 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #20.3   Rachel

      That sounds very similar to something that happened in a H&M store a few years back. One woman had diarrhea in a changing room and got it everywhere. My friend a thought someone had bad wind until she went and checked. Lets just say she was livid

      Jun 7, 2013 at 7:07 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #20.4   Nicki

      That’s mean, Melzi. Not even Martians are that uncivilized.

      Now people from the third asteroid orbiting Sirius, THOSE are uncivilized monsters who shouldn’t be anywhere near society. ;)

      Jun 18, 2013 at 9:59 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #21   Melzi

    I can’t even imagine the type of person who thinks it’s okay to pee in a bin…like what? So firstly think that tanning salon needs to attract a better type of person and secondly, in all fairness, perhaps the fact that the bathrooms are out by the entry is an issue. Like you have to get properly dressed to go to the bathroom, come back, get undressed yada yada yada. Would be cool if there was a bathroom right there – then you’d only have to deal with seeing peeps naked.

    But in all seriousness, I am never getting on a tanning bed now (who knows who’s done what on it) and pee in a wastebasket – where you raised by wolves?

    Jun 7, 2013 at 5:43 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   Madrias

      Those of us raised by wolves would rather pee on trees. The people who pee in the wastebaskets were never raised by another, only allowed to do whatever they pleased.

      Jun 8, 2013 at 11:18 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #22   Gary

    So how often does this happen? Yuck. Two possible solutions; first just get rid of the wastebaskets all together. Or if that isn’t acceptable, permanently mount them to the wall at a height that a butt can’t be dangled.

    Jun 9, 2013 at 8:24 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #23   Nomnom

    I tell people I cultivate my paleness. Like a goddamn Victorian, bitches! Whaaaaaat!
    But I kinda do. Tan lines are not attractive.

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:43 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up