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A British Tanning Salon Is Now Fingerprinting Its Customers

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Thanks to the cast of Jersey Shore, we now know that tanorexia (tanning addiction) is a real thing. And a tanning salon in London has come up with a novel way to make sure that their customers aren't overdosing—they're fingerprinting everybody in order to keep track of how often people come in. The cleverly named chain The Tanning Shop has now placed a once-a-day cap on tanning sessions, which they track by scanning customers' right forefinger and saving as a secure text document in their database. Because apparently just checking your skin for singe marks wasn't enough.

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