London Commuters Given Cards Criticizing Their Weight

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
Cards For Tube Riders.Cards For Tube Riders.

Several passengers on London’s Underground transportation system, locally known as The Tube, have been handed cards telling them they are a "fat, ugly human.”

The group listed on the cards Overweight Haters Ltd. and one of the cards recipients was National Health Service worker Kara Florish, Mashable reported.

“Was handed this card on the underground. [It] is hateful [and] cowardly [and] could potentially upset people struggling with confidence,” she wrote on her Twitter account, along with a picture of the card. 

The card reads: 

"It's really not glandular, it's your gluttony...

"Our organisation hates and resents fat people. We object to the enormous amount of food resources you consume while half the world starves. We approve of your wasting NHS money to treat your selfish greed. And we do not understand why you fail to grasp that y eating less you will be better off, slimmer, happy and find a partner who is not a perverted chubby-lover, or even find a partner at all.

"We also object that the beatiful [sic] pig is used as an insult. You are not a pig. You are a fat, ugly human.”

The other side of the card simply reads "fat."

Florish wasn’t the only one who received the card. Writer and journalist Sean Thomas Knox wrote on Twitter that he witnessed a similar incident. “Young man just got on train at Oxford Circus, gave printed card saying “YOU'RE FAT” to overweight girl. He jumped off. She read it (and) cried,” he wrote, decrying it in a later tweet as a “random act of pointless cruelty.”

Florish wrote online that she hoped the cards went viral. “I am not upset myself. I am smaller than the national average and not exactly obese, but this is hateful and cowardly and could potentially upset people struggling with confidence and eating disorders. Please tweet and share this if you are also outraged. Plus — to the person who wrote this card, go back to school, you can’t spell ‘beautiful.’”

British Transport police are investigating the matter, The Guardian reported.

Sources: Mashable, Kara Florish/Twitter, Sean Thomas Knox/Twitter, The Guardian / Photo credit: Kara Florish/Twitter