A woman riding the subway in London was astonished to read a small card she was given by a stranger.
The front of the card has the word “fat” in big letters, while on the back is a message from a group called Overweight Haters Ltd.
“Our organization hates and resents fat people. We object to the enormous amount of food resources you consume while half the world starves,” the card says.
“We disapprove of your wasting NHS [National Health Service] money to treat your selfish greed. 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 beatiful pig is used as an insult [sic]. You are not a pig. You are a fat, ugly human,” it concluded.
Kara Florish posted the card online to try to get people to express outrage.
“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,” she wrote.
“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.”
Florish told the Stylist that she didn’t have time to confront the man who laid the card on her lap.
“I’m a size 12/14, always been what people call curvy, but I don’t consider myself fat,” she says. “I’m active and go to the gym at least twice a week, don’t smoke, hardly drink and don’t do drugs. I have no health issues (that I know of) and have never been seriously ill or in hospital (touch wood) so don’t consider myself ‘a drain on the NHS.’ In fact I’m currently employed by them,” she added.
“I work for a mental health organisation so am aware of how detrimental something like this can be to the wrong person. I hope they shut down all these negative websites, as they are encouraging antisocial and hateful behaviour and it is bullying.”
British Transport Police have launched an investigation into the cards, urging anyone that’s received one to call them.
Twitter user Sean Knox says he saw another woman receive one by a young man who got on the train then immediately jumped off. “She read it and cried,” he said, calling it a “random act of pointless cruelty.”