Cry us a river, lady….
Via NBC News:
The New Jersey woman known as “Tan Mom” has big plans now that the criminal case against her is over: a self-tanning lotion line, a book proposal, a comedy act — and a raft of lawsuits. But right now what Patricia Krentcil wants is a vacation. “Somewhere hot so I can fry like a bacon and come back and say, ‘Ha! Ha! You can’t arrest me for lying in the sun,'” Krentcil, 44, said with a laugh. “Not my face, though. Just my body.”
It was Krentcil’s face — practically the color of a chestnut in some photos — that made her a national punchline after she was arrested in May and charged with exposing her then-five-year-old daughter, Anna, to damaging ultraviolet rays at tanning salons in Nutley, N.J. “I’ve literally been stuck in my home for the past year,” she said. “No matter where I go, everyone knows me. It’s very uncomfortable.”
If she went out to eat, a murmur would run through the restaurant. A sofa-shopping trip had to be cut short when other customers started taking pictures. She was the object of ridicule in her children’s schools.
“It doesn’t matter where I go: I’m ‘Tan Mom,'” she said. She couldn’t shake the nickname, so she embraced it, making TV appearances and getting a magazine makeover. Over the last few months, she’s been working with a self-styled skin guru, Dana Ramos, on launching her own line of self-tanners under the name Real Tan Mom Healthy Glow.
For the record, she said, she never once put her child in a tanning bed. The fair-skinned redhead would lie on towels on the floor, sometimes with a mask over her eyes, while her mother soaked up the UV rays, she said. At one point, she was offered a plea deal with 60 days of probation and turned it down, deciding she’d take her chances with a jury if it came to that “They made a mockery of me,” she said. “But I stood by my beliefs and said, ‘I did not do this.'”
Poor thang. But on a more serious note…who in the hell is going to buy a self-tanning lotion from this broad???