Archive for Thursday, November 8, 2007

Privacy concerns drive spa changes

November 8, 2007

Business owner Lori June was concerned when she recently learned the privacy of her customers was at risk.

And, just as she promised, she's doing something about it.

On Sept. 28, a Bask Tanning customer reported seeing a man looking over the wall into another tanning room. Basehor police officers were dispatched to the salon on Pinehurst Drive, and a 49-year-old Tonganoxie man was ticketed for eavesdropping in connection with the incident.

While June, who also owns a salon in Piper, said nothing like this has ever happened in either of her salons, she knew the 8-foot walls at the Basehor location were inadequate and immediately began researching ways to extend them.

"We put a partial drop ceiling along the walls of adjoining rooms that have beds in them," June said.

The heavy plastic grates that are the size of ceiling tiles lay horizontally on top of the wall forming a canopy, which prevents anybody from looking over the top of the walls.

The modifications are partially done, June said, but should be finished by this weekend. More materials are needed because the salon is expected to receive two new beds by the end of the month. The chairs, which were taken out of the rooms immediately after the incident, will also be placed back in the rooms.

"That will make it a little more comfortable for the customers," she said.

The man ticketed is expected to appear in Basehor Municipal Court at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, when a plea will be entered. His attorney can also choose to ask that the case be continued.

"I feel good that customers will feel safe," June said. "I feel pretty confident about that."

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