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Woman sues Bridgeport-area tanning salon for negligence

Suit alleges customer tanned in the nude while unaware she could be seen through windows.

A woman has filed a lawsuit against Palm Beach Tan in Tualatin, blaming the tanning salon for an incident in which the suit alleges she undressed while unaware she could be seen through a two-way glass window.

Renee Baker is seeking $325,000 in damages from the salon, which is located at 7184 S.W. Hazel Fern Road, over the “shame, anger, embarrassment, frustration and humiliation” she is suffering due to the salon's negligence, according to a complaint filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Oct. 13.

The complaint states Baker was at the tanning salon in April when she was assigned a room with large windows facing a parking lot at the Bridgeport Village shopping mall. According to the suit, she believed the windows were made of one-way glass, and thinking she could not been seen inside the room, she undressed and laid on the tanning bed until staff alerted her that she could be seen from outside and asked her to close the electric blinds.

Palm Beach Tan and its staff were negligent in having two-way glass windows in the tanning room, not closing the electric blinds prior to a customer entering the room, and not alerting Baker to either the switch to operate the blinds or the risk of being seen from outside, the complaint alleges.

The Times reached out to Palm Beach Tan for comment. Brad Carmony, a spokesman for the company, responded, “The comfort and privacy of our members is a top priority. Each of our team members are specially trained in the use of equipment and to assure a rewarding and comfortable experience our members. Because this is an active legal matter, we will not be providing any additional comment at this time.”

By Mark Miller
Assistant Editor
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