Consider that, as a parent, we make choices every day that can affect our children later in their lives. Now, consider the case of this lovely woman… New Jersey mother Patricia Krentcil has been charged with felony child endangerment because police allege she put her six year old daughter in a tanning booth. New Jersey law prohibits anyone under the age of 14 from getting in a tanning booth and the Skin Police in Patricia’s hometown of Nutley, NJ ordered the code red as soon as the school nurse asked little 6 year old Anna how she got her sunburn.
Yes, we are all aware that too much sun is not optimal when it comes to caring for your skin. We know about the dangers of skin cancer. But is Patricia truly endangering her daughter’s life when she lets her get sun? If so, I know an awful lot of parents who better prepare for arrest at Cape Cod beaches in a couple months. I fully expect to see Homeland Security on the walkway to the Ocean Park beach this summer, checking beach bags to make sure moms have a crisis supply of SPF 80.
And if “Magda” can be charged with a felony for this, how long until you are dragged from your home by the authorities because you let your son ride his bike down the street without his helmet. Or allowed him to eat an extra slice of pizza when you were at Bertucci’s Friday night. Kids, unfortunately, lose their lives playing sports every year. Will we soon be turning soccer moms into convicted felons for allowing their kids to take part in risky activity?
Parents have an obligation, and a right, to bring their kids up as they see fit. The government does not have the right to force us to raise them as they see fit. Little Anna isn’t going to die because she got a sunburn. And its quite possible her fake-bake addicted mom is the only deterrent she needs when it comes to staying out of the tanning salon.
For the record, Patricia says Anna goes to the tanning salon with her, but doesn’t get in the booth, and this is just a big misunderstanding. So is why she thinks having the facial texture of a 48 year old African pachyderm is even mildly attractive.
YOU SERIOUSLY CAN'T DIFFERENTIATE THE DANGER TO CHILDREN (MAINLY DUE TO THE HOLE IN THE OZONE LAYER, WHICH YOU UNEDUCATED CONSERVATIVES CLAIM DOES NOT EXIST) BETWEEN TOO MUCH SUN EXPOSURE, AND EATING TOO MUCH PIZZA, PARTICIPATION IN SPORTS, ETC.? LEAVE IT TO A PARANOID CONSERVATIVE TO DISTORT THE ISSUE OF PROTECTING A CHILD FROM SOMETHING THAT CAN AND DOES CAUSE CANCER, AND TURN IT INTO A "HORRIFIC" ISSUE, WHICH ONLY EXISTS IN YOUR PARANOID MIND, REGARDING THE USUAL CONSERVATIVE MANTRA OF "GOVERNMENT OVERREACH". OF COURSE, THE ISSUE WOULD BE DIFFERENT IF ONE OF YOUR KIDS TOOK A SCHOOL FIELD TRIP SOMEWHERE WHERE THEY WERE EXPOSED TO THE SUN FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME, AND CAME BACK WITH A SEVERE SUN BURN. IN THAT CASE, I'M SURE YOU WOULD WANT THE TEACHERS, AND ALL OF THE CHAPERONES HUNG WITHOUT ANY QUESTIONS ASKED. PARENTS 'RAISING KIDS AS THEY SEE FIT", DOES NOT ENTAIL PUTTING THE CHILDREN IN DANGER, AND EXPOSING THEM TO CARCINOGENS THAT CAUSE CANCER. IF IT CAN BE PROVEN THAT THE PARENTS HAVE DONE SO, THEN THEY DESERVE WHATEVER PENALTY COMES THEIR WAY. OF COURSE, KNOWING HOW YOU TWIST THESE STORIES, TO TRY AND PROVE YOUR BANKRUPT, PARANOID VIEWPOINTS, AND TO AMUSE YOUR CULT FOLLOWERS, I'M SURE THERE IS MUCH MORE TO THIS STORY, THAT YOU HAVE CONVENIENTLY NOT MENTIONED. I WILL CHECK WITH A CREDIBLE SOURCE, TO FIND OUT WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON. REGARDING THE ISSUE OF PIZZA, LET'S KEEP KIDS, AND EVERYONE ELSE FOR THAT MATTER, FAR AWAY FROM UPPER CRUST PIZZA, SO THAT THE COMPANY CAN BE BURIED IN THE GROUND, WHERE IT BELONGS.
Tan lines? Mmmmm
It takes ONE!
My sister did get ONE bad sunburn august 1984 and had skin cancer removed, they thought they removed it. It returned when she was 26 and died 9 months later, February 2001. So yes, it does only take ONE! I'm not the sun police, I do enjoy the sun, but adults should have some common sense when it comes to their children being out in the sun!
The problem is...
Hillman, I completely agree that the government can't be telling you what to do. Much of the time in our country, the government is telling us what to do with our lives, with our careers, and how to raise our kids. It's completely wrong.
The problem with this particular situation is that this woman has had a history of over 12 civil judgments and liens, was committed of a $4g theft back in 2000, has seven kids, and is being convicted of child endangerment because she BROKE the law--she put her child into a tanning booth at age 6, and in New Jersey anyone under 14 CANNOT be placed into a tanning booth. This could have been against the child's will, the child may not have had protective eye wear, and since tanning booths have an exponential amount more power of UV light than a day in the sun, this is why it's considered dangerous.
It would be like giving your child a puff of a cigarette--one puff isn't THAT bad for you, but it's still against the law, and its habit can lead to addiction, cancer, heart disease, and other respitory issues. Tanning is an addictive activity too like anything else and can cause melanoma, skin cancer, significant burns, acceleration of aging and other conditions. Anyone under 18 cannot buy cigarettes, and no one under 14 in NJ can go into a tanning booth. Both are up to you when you are at those ages if you choose to participate in those activities, but until that point you cannot. Period.
CAN YOU COHERENTLY EXPLAIN, IN YOUR PARANOID CONSERVATIVE DELUSION, WHICH PART OF THE GOVERNMENT IS TELLING THIS MOTHER "WHAT TO DO?". IT IS OBVIOUS THAT SOMEONE SOMEWHERE SAW SOMETHING UNTOWARD THAT THIS WOMAN WAS DOING, AND DECIDED TO CALL THE COPS ON HER. FURTHER, I SUSPECT LETTING HER KIDS STAY IN THE SUN TOO LONG, IS NOT THE FIRST POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS THING THAT SHE HAS BEEN OBSERVED DOING, AND IS PERHAPS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICE BERG. THAT BEING THE CASE, IT IS A LAW ENFORCEMENT ISSUE, AND NOT NECESSARILY ONE CONCERNING THE GOVERNMENT. HOWEVER I REALIZE THAT GIVING THE ENTIRE STORY, AND NOT JUST PICKING AND CHOOSING ASPECTS OF IT TO BE "OUTRAGED" ABOUT, MEANS THAT HILLMAN CAN'T USE HIS PROPAGANDA AS A MEANS TO GET HIS LOYAL, EQUALLY MISINFORMED BORN FOLLOWERS, INTO AN INDIGNANT RAGE. SOME THINGS NEVER, EVER CHANGE!
To Maty-Caps, The ex- Upper Crust Pizza Delivery Boy
The arguement here transcends whether or not she let the kid Tan, or a Parent is negligent when it comes to allowing children in the sun without some protection... You, however, cannot wrap your teeny, tiny brain around that... Sorry thatUpper Crust Pizza canned you as a Delivery Boy, because it was too hard for you. Why not do us a favor and move to an undisclosed location without Internet access so you will not annoy us anymore.
TO MR. SHINE BOX
TO MR. MENTAL LIGHTWEIGHT:...YOU''RE NOT POSTING UNDER "B. RUBBLE' ANYMORE?...: FIRST OF ALL, I COULD CARE LESS WHAT THE "ARGUMENT" IS ABOUT FIRST OF ALL, SECOND OF ALL WITH YOU INVOLVED IN THE 'DISCUSSION", IT DOES NOT 'TRANSCEND" ANYTHING. YOU AND YOUR FELLOW MINDLESS SHUT-INS ARE TRYING TO PROMOTE YOUR PARANOID CONSERVATIVE VISION THAT THIS IS SOMEHOW A GOVERNMENT PLOT, OR SCHEME. MY COUNTER TO THAT IDIOCY, IS THAT THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS CASE. IF THIS MOTHER IS LETTING HER CHILD INTO A TANNING BED FOR HOURS ON END, SHE IS PROBABLY DOING OTHER THINGS TO HER KIDS THAT HAVE BEEN WITNESSED BY OTHERS, WHICH MEANS THAT THE TANNING ISSUE IS MORE THAN LIKELY JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG. DO YOU UNDERSTAND NOW, SHINE BOY?...I'LL LET YOU BACK TO YOUR SHOE SHINING. "UPPER CRUST DELIVERY BOY"...THAT'S FUNNY!...JUDGING BY HOW THAT COMPANY IS RUN, AND WHO "RUNS" IT, I WOULDN'T BE ASSOCIATED WITH THAT ORGANIZATION IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM, IF ALL OTHER COMPANIES CEASED TO EXIST. ALSO, I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE, AND THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT.
Matty-The-Moron; RE: Mr. Shine Box
You poor, useless, lack of any intelligence LOOSER: In all your drivel (above), You- my insignificant, small-brained waste of space "friend" made MY POINT.
Please, get on a Plane and leave. Upper Crust is not hiring you back.
THE RETURN OF SHINE BOY?
OH NO, I'M A "LOOSER"(WHATEVER THE HELL THAT IS), HUH? I'LL SIMPLY LAUGH AT THAT ONE, WHILE I CONSIDER THE SOURCE. SECONDLY, I'LL LEAVE WHEN YOU PROMISE TO STOP WASTING AIR. IN CLOSING, I'M GLAD UPPER CRUST WON'THIRE ME, BECAUSE NOONE WANTS THEIR PIZZA ANYWAY, JUDGING BY HOW THE COMPANY IS RUN, AND WHO HELPS TO "RUN" IT IN CLOSING, GET BACK TO YOUR SHINE BOX...IT'S RAINING SO YOU'LL HAVE ALOT OF MUD TO SCRAPE OFF OF PEOPLE'S SHOES.
Matty-Twerp, RE: RE: THE RETURN OF SHINE BOY?
How original. You are such a low-brow LOOOOSER... You make that Retarded Rodent Spaz look like he's a genius. Please, do us all a favor and stop with the silly BULLSH&T that you spew... You have no clue what you're saying/blogging about... You just like to blog in the Basement of the Church that holds the Recovery Program that you're currently enrolled in because no normal, upright-walking Vertibrae will engage you. I, however do so out of totally pitty for you and your various weakness/mental instability/because I am a humanatarian. However, this is getting to be more and more like you bringing a knife to a gunfight... Give up, surrender, and for Christ's sake stop with the Caps; It is hurting my eyes.
SHINE BOY...THE "HUMANITARIAN"???...NOW THAT IS FUNNY!!
OF ALL THE RIDICULOUS, INANE, IDIOTIC, AND INFANTILE THINGS THAT YOU HAVE EVER SAID. CHARACTERIZING YOURSELF AS A "HUMANITARIAN", SHOULD VAULT TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE. I DIDN'T THINK YOU COULD GET CLOSER TO THE BOTTOM BY USING THE WORD "LOOOOOSER" (WHATEVER THE HELL THAT IS), BUT YOU HAVE MANAGED TO DO SO...'BRINGING A KNIFE TO A GUNFIGHT??", WHO, YOU?...I'M GLAD YOU FINALLY CAME TO THAT REALIZATION. ARGUING WITH SOMEONE WHO, FOR THE LONGEST TIME REFERRED TO HIMSELF AS "B. RUBBLE" IS WAY TOO EASY. AS THEY USED TO SAY ABOUT JOE LEWIS' OPPONENTS BACK IN THE DAY, IT IS LIKE FIGHTING A MEMBER OF THE "BUM OF THE MONTH CLUB". ALSO, I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE, AND I WILL CONTINUE TO TYPE IN ALL CAPS, SIMPLY BECAUSE I KNOW HOW MUCH SUCH AN INSIGNIFICANT THING CAUSES YOU TO STAIN YOUR TROWSERS. THANK YOU SHINE BOY, FOR GIVING ME AN OPEN BOOK AS TO WHAT ANNOYS YOU. NOW GO BACK TO YOUR SHINEBOX...MORE RAIN TODAY, WHICH MEANS MORE MUDDY SHOES AFTER YOU WASH YOUR HANDS, MAKE SURE TO GRAB A PIZZA FROM UPPER CRUST. AS A RESULT OF WHO IS ON THE BOARD OF THAT COMPANY, IT IS ON BORROWED TIME INDEED.