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You may want to think twice before getting a manicure or pedicure.
In a recent sting operation in Bryan-College Station, seven nail salons were found to be in violation of state codes by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. A few received fines of up to $40,000.
When News 3 asked the nail salons about the violations, some of the salon owners were surprised, while others seemed unaware of the problem.
Super Nails on Texas Avenue in College Station was shocked when it received its notice.
"They checked my wax room and they said very nice, very professional and they just left," Trish Phan with Super Nails said.
Two weeks later, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation slapped the salon with a $17,000 fine. The state agency found five violations, including improper drills being used and dirty cuticle clippers.
"I did not agree," Phan said. "I got a lawyer and we have a hearing."
To read all the reports from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations concerning the seven salons, click on the Related Links at the end of this story.
Over at USA Nails on Texas Avenue in College Station, the response was a bit different.
"I've just been here only a couple of weeks, so that is why I don't know anything about it," the manager of USA Nails said.
The salon faces a $38,000 fine for violations including dirty wax and unclean foot spas.
Q-Nails, also on Texas Avenue in College Station, told News 3 they were shocked about the violation notice. The salon had 10 violations, including employees not washing hands before service and dirty buffers. It faces a $32,000 fine.
Fashion Nails and Star Nails both declined to comment. Fashion Nails on Harvey Road in College Station had four violations, including dirty foot spas. Star Nails on Texas Avenue had nine violations, including unclean nail files.
An owner was not available for comment at Happy Nails and Spa on Booneville Road in Bryan. It had two violations including expired licenses.
Nail Topia Spa, also on Booneville in Bryan, had four violations including dirty nail files. Employees say they will fight their $5,000 fine.
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation gives each salon 20 days to accept the notice. The recommended fines are not set in stone.
"The businesses have only received a notice of alleged violations," Patrick Shaughnessy with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation said. "That's a formal notification of the charges against them and it proposes a settlement. If they choose not to settle, they have the right to ask for a hearing."
That's what Trish, the owner of Super Nails, says she plans to do. She is still shocked at the findings and plans to take action because the hefty fine would put her salon, like many of the others, out of business.
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