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KTRK-TV

A Houston woman was denied a pedicure at a nail salon because she was deemed too big to fit in the chair.

Tina Lewis was shocked when she was told she couldn't fit in the salon chairs at Rose Nails salon in Houston.

"I was like, 'Can I get a pedicure? And what chair do I sit in?'" Lewis told ABC News affiliate KTRK-TV in Houston. "And [the employee] was like, the chairs were not big enough for me to sit in. And I was like, 'Are you serious?'"

KTRK-TV reviewed the video footage which captured the exchange without sound.

Lewis said her mother was as shocked as she was.

"She was like, 'What did she just say?'" Lewis told the station. "I said, 'Yes, mama, she just said that to me.'"

Salon worker Marie Bui confirmed Lewis's story.

"I said, 'I'm sorry I cannot serve you because my spa chair is very small,'" Bui told ABC News. She said she never intended to insult or hurt Lewis, but that another obese customer already broke one of their pricey salon chairs.

"After that, the spa chair and the machine broke underneath," Bui told the station, adding that the chairs are too expensive to replace or repair, especially with the salon's narrow profit margin.

Lewis didn't buy the worker's story and said she would not return to that salon, according to ABC News.