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London Underground Cards Targeting Overweight Passengers Under Investigation

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By    |   Wednesday, 02 Dec 2015 09:07 AM

Some London Underground riders have complained recently about receiving "fat-shaming" cards, leading to a British Transport police investigation into the practice.

A group called Overweight Haters Ltd. is allegedly handing out the cards to riders, according to The Guardian. One card reportedly 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 disapprove of your wasting (National Health Service) money to treat your selfish greed," it continues. "And we do not understand why you fail to grasp that by 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 beautiful pig is used as an insult [sic]. You are not a pig. You are a fat, ugly human."

One Twitter user, Kara Florish, posted a photo of the card on social media after she said she received it.


Florish, 30, told Stylist.co.uk that she was approached on the Tube by an "ordinary-looking middle-aged man" while she heading to Birmingham's Christmas market and to meet her family at Euston over the weekend.

"We had just pulled into Warren Street station when the man walked to get off the train and put the card on my lap before he got off," she said. "When I first read the card I thought it was some sort of joke and just put it down on the seat next to me, but when I thought about it a bit more I decided to do something about it, which is why I posted it on Facebook and asked people to share it."

Sean Thomas Knox posted a message on Twitter Monday saying that he witnessed a woman receiving one of the cards as well.


Steve Burton, of Transport for London, deemed the cards anti-social behavior and said they "would not be tolerated," according to the BBC News. Burton encouraged those who receive the cards to report them to a station officer.

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