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She went to a tanning salon to get a little tan, when she was laying naked on the tanning bed, a man came into the room, lifted the cover and was staring at her. It's why she called Help me Howard with Patrick Fraser.

WSVN -- Amanda Messier is a busy young lady. A full time college student focusing on social media, working to on her skills to promote companies.

Amanda Messier: "What I do is I create contests. I come up with creative posts and get people to follow us."

The buzz she creates on social sites can bring customers to a company, but between school and work she doesn't have time to enjoy the South Florida sun. So before she headed home to Boston for the holidays, she headed to a nearby tanning salon.

Amanda Messier: "I went to one of the rooms and shut and locked the door. I got undressed and I got on the tanning bed."

Everything was fine. Then...

Amanda Messier: "I heard the door knob jiggling. I looked over, I didn't see anything."

That's when her 30 seconds of terror began.

Amanda Messier: "I felt weird and heard another noise so I turned and looked, and there was a man about a foot away from the tanning bed staring in at me, and I started screaming and everything. And he was smiling and he came towards me and he opened the tanning bed and I was trying to cover myself and yelling. He had this big grin on his face and he said, 'Oh, I am sorry wrong room.' And walked out and shut the door."

Patrick Fraser: "He opened the tanning bed?"

Amanda Messier: "Yeah. It freaked me out really bad."

Amanda got up, got dressed and walked out.

Amanda Messier: "And when I was walking out the owner of the tanning salon was like, 'Oh, I am sorry I sent him to the wrong room. He was looking for his girlfriend' and he was chuckling."

Amanda says the owner may have thought a stranger walking into her tanning room, lifting the cover and staring at her naked was funny but she didn't. And then he tried to blame her for it.

Amanda Messier: "And the guy tried to say it was my fault for not locking the door, which I am sure I did.

Patrick Fraser: "You did lock the door?"

Amanda Messier: "I did. I am very neurotic with locks and things."

Amanda had paid $39 for a month of tanning. She asked for her money back. The owner said no and never apologized for what had happened to her in his tanning bed.

Amanda Messier: "It's like you are cornered in this little room and you are in the bed, and there is only one way out and he is standing in front of it. And I had no idea what was going on."

Well Howard, is a business responsible when someone walks into a room where a person is tanning naked?

Howard Finkelstein: "Legally this would be hard for Amanda to win. The business has to provide a locked room. If the lock doesn't work, the business is responsible. If the customer doesn't lock it properly, the business is not responsible. However, the owner definitely shouldn't allow non patrons to wander into tanning rooms."

I called the owner of the tanning salon. He told me Amanda may have locked the door but didn't push it shut tightly. When I asked him why he let a man walk into a tanning room? He said it was an accident. That the man was looking for his girlfriend.

When I asked him to give Amanda her $39 back he said no refunds, all sales are final. But Howard says Amanda can respond.

Howard Finkelstein: "People may think they are powerless, but in this Internet age they are not. Amanda is becoming an expert at social media. Anyone can use that to detail their experience that's why a good business owner should keep his customers happy. And in this case, he should refund her money no matter what his own policy says."

Amanda won't get her money back but she wants to warn other women, be careful in the tanning salon.

Amanda Messier: "I would never go back there it scared me really, really bad. He should not be allowing men into rooms where women are laying naked. This guy said his girlfriend was in there but how do you know it's his girlfriend?"

Patrick Fraser: "Amanda could go after the tanning salon owner on Facebook or Twitter, but she wont. She said her goal in college is to learn to help businesses. She doesn't want to destroy him. She just wanted her money back and to warn women to be careful."

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