All May Not be Lost for Tanning Salon Customers Left in Dark

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Outraged customers left signs on the door of a tanning salon, they say, took off with their money. But FOX 4's Tess Koppelman heard from one of the owners minutes before her live report and learned at least one owner is willing to help.

The doors at Premier Tanning have been locked and the building has been dark since Sunday evening. That's because the two co-owners are in the process of getting a divorce. According to Barbara Stephen, her soon-to-be ex-husband, Mohamed Mahmud, took off with the money and equipment, leaving customers literally in the dark.

Alese Campbell signed up for a month-long tanning package at Premier Tanning last week, so she was shocked to come back on Monday only to see the closed sign.

"There is nothing, nothing inside, everything is gone," she said. "Posters on the wall and furniture and magazines, the computer, everything. It's vacant."

On Monday she took pictures of the notes that some left on the door -- people clearly angry and demanding their money back.

Alese said she's out $89.

"That's Christmas money right there," she said.

Premier Tanning is also known as MB Premier LLC, The Kansas Cosmetology Board says the license is in the name of Barbara Stephen and Mohamed Mahmud. The Kansas Secretary of State's office says the business license expired in July after the business failed to file renewal paperwork in time.

Campbell says she's just angry because the owners knew they were going to be closing for good and they took people's money anyway.

Stephen said customers who are concerned about their money can contact her bankruptcy attorney, Teresa Kidd at (913) 422-0610. Stephen added that her divorce attorney advised her that it may be possible for those who purchased tans with her salon to redeem them at another salon should another salon buy out Premier Tanning.

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