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    dots Submission Name: You're Fat, Not Disableddots

    Author: hatredsmuse
    ASL Info:    23/f
    Elite Ratio:    3.01 - 3/13/5
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    Class/Type: Rant/Angry
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       WARNING: If your 'BMI' is higher than 30, you will probably be offended by this entry.

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    dotsYou're Fat, Not Disableddots

         ((Alright, before we begin... I believe it is important that you all understand this is an old entry from another online journal of mine. When I first posted it, I received a lot of flack for my honest observation. For fun, I decided to post the angry comments that I received at the very end of this entry. Enjoy.))

         I work retail, and have spent the last few years on a quest to restrict the usage of our store's electric wheelchairs. They are for the disabled and the elderly, but unfortunately every goddamn day a fat son-of-a-bitch enters the store and takes one (or both) of the wheelchairs because he/she gets too winded when they walk. Knock knock... um excuse me, dumbass... you are one of the few customers that should walk. You're fat, not disabled.

         I thought I had seen it all until this morning...

          A gigantic woman entered the store at the end of my shift, and asked me to go find an electric wheelchair for her. I (politely) told her that one chair was in use and another had been broken earlier that day. (Some fat piece of shit broke it; it wasn't designed to carry a ton of weight.) Well, she got pissed off (and winded) right off the bat, and told me that I should push her around the store in the one remaining manual wheelchair. To be honest, I was actually thrown when she demanded that I stop what I was doing and push her around so she could shop. Well, my tone of voice must have been oozing with disgust when I simply replied, "I'm not doing that" because she got even angrier and told me that she wasn't going to shop at "this store" ever again. (I hate to tell you shoppers, but that threat doesn't faze us in the least.) Of course, I just shrugged; anything I would have said at this point would have just pissed her off more.

          Well, needless to say, 'semi' lumbered back out the door.

         I have nothing against the heftier humans, but goddamn... don't be such lazy fucks!!!

    ((Alright... now the angry comments...))

    " Wow... why so angry? Seriously, your disdain for obese people is disgustingly hurtful. I can understand getting upset with the woman for demanding that you push her around, but to say all fat people are just "lazy f-s" is both intolerant and irresponsible. Just my .02

    " Oh, and define "disabled", please. If, say, a perfectly healthy young woman who is going on eight months pregnant and can't get from point A to B without being winded requested one of the wheel chairs, would she fall under the "disabled" people, or the "fat lazy" people? And then there are the people who are fat because they DO have a disability, not the other way around."

         " Who are you to pick and choose who is and is not disabled? A friend of mine had surgery once. She was in her early twenties, and the surgery wasn't an obvious one, yet she could not stand straight and needed to use one of those electric wheel chairs. Everyone glared at her because they assumed she was some punk just using the wheelchair to be an ass. My point is, don't assume you know what's going on.

         ((This entry was written quite a while ago, and I must admit that even I find it to be a little on the harsh side. I think I would have re-worded a few parts, and probably would have taken out the last line where I call fat people "lazy fucks". That term was not meant to include ALL fat people just the ones I run into at work. I don't think that was clear enough. Eh... live and learn.))

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      I understand the venting behind this piece and if you're slighty red-cheeked at your initial harshness, I think I can empathise. I've bitten the head off just about every peeve and foible going :p
    Sure, it's generalising to describe obese people as lazy [censored]s but at least you were writing from a moral standpoint and not merely from bigotry. It's frustrating in society that people can eat themselves to the point of physical deterioration and expect to be attended to with special treatment but fair play for standing up to her. Obviously you're limited in response by your employment obligations so it was a courageous move to stand up in the first place.
    I'd say that woman probably shopped there because of the freebie scooters. She'll be back, I'm sure of it
    It's humourous how almost anything can be justified. While it's true that not all obesity is self-inflicted, the old chestnut of dodgy glands or digestive disorders is over-used. As for comparing pregnancy to fatness; sheesh! The pregnant woman has a reason to eat and be tired; her energy reserves are specifically supporting the creation of a new human being.

    Ah, the mind boggles! Good on you though. It's a proper rant
    | Posted on 2007-08-29 00:00:00 | by Learah | [ Reply to This ]
      Don't worry, you're not an a.ss for observing this. I've noticed it, too. If you can't walk far enough to buy as many groceries as you'd like, maybe you'd be better off buying less groceries anyway.

    "Who are you to pick and choose who is and is not disabled"

    that made me snigger. If you can walk upright with no limp and stand there and have a conversation with them, you can stand upright long enough to buy your groceries. Now if someone's back is crooked while they're standing there, of course that's a different story, but seriously, people can be so selfish these days. I can't believe that woman seriously wanted you to push her around. There are a lot of crazies out there....

    Keep being honest. It's a good thing. :)

    | Posted on 2007-08-29 00:00:00 | by Venia | [ Reply to This ]

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