A California woman is suing Subway restaurants after she says a worker at her local franchise wrote “Big Mama” on the back of her order.
45-year-old Allison Brown says she was humiliated when she received her food order and noticed that instead of writing her name on the box, an employee wrote the cruel nickname as an obvious jab at her weight.
"I just broke down crying,” said Brown. “I couldn't eat it. I kept thinking, 'Big Mama' doesn't need to eat. It started really messing with me. I started thinking, 'Maybe I need surgery. Do I really look that bad? What's wrong with me?'"
Brown says that when she contacted the store’s owner, he was less than helpful to her.
“The owner said the employee didn't know better, that he just didn't get it," Brown told The News. "He begged me not to go to the media, so I tried to work with him, but then nobody was calling me back. It's not right. This really hurt me."
Now, Brown is suing the company, insisting that it’s not about the money, but instead about trying to get them to start sensitivity training.
"This isn't about money," she said Friday. "This breaks my heart. Here Subway promotes itself as a place for people who need help eating better, then this happens. What if the wrong person got a box like mine? What if they saw that and tried to commit suicide?"
Restaurant owner Sanjiv Mehta released a statement, saying he tried to do the right thing.
"As a small business owner, I do not tolerate discrimination of any kind,” said Mehta to 10News. “When I learned of this incident I immediately investigated and disciplined the employee involved. I also made contact with the customer in an effort to resolve this matter.”
Brown says she will move forward with her lawsuit and has vowed never to eat at another Subway restaurant again.
11Overweight Man Forced to Buy Two Plane Tickets To Accommodate Size and Discovers Seats are in Different Rows
It’s pretty normal for an overweight person to have to buy more than one seat on a flight because they can’t fit in just one, but for a 500-pound man flying round trip from Wales to Ireland, the two seats didn’t do him any good.
Les Price, 43, says he was flying to Ireland from Wales when he realized the two seats he purchased were not next to each other. One of the seats was next to the window, and the other was on the aisle. Another passenger occupied the seat in between, so Price had to switch. On the flight back to Wales, Price found out that the seats weren’t even in the same row. One was in row 17, and the other was in row 19.
“When I got to the airport I had to explain to all the staff why I had two tickets, they didn’t have a clue,” said Price. “When I finally got on the plane one was an aisle seat and the other was by the window – in a three-seat row. On the way back from Ireland one seat was in row 17 and the other in row 19.”
Price says that his weight started to get out of control after he injured himself and was forced to be bedridden for three months. Then, after his wife died of cancer in 2009, the situation became much worse.
Now, the man is set to star in BBC’s Live Longer Wales, a television program that chronicles the weight loss journeys of overweight people in Wales, and provides a commentary on the increasing weight problem in the country.
A new study is reporting that Mexico has taken away America’s title to become the Most Obese Nation.
The study claims that 70% of Mexican adults are overweight and a third of them are VERY overweight (read: big ol tub of lards). Childhood obesity has tripled and a third of teenagers are fat despite the body image issues we try to instill in them.
This is unacceptable. How did we let this happen. How could we let this happen. First they take our jobs. Now they take our obesity? Where will it end?!