A plus-size model who was 'fat shamed' by a fellow passenger on a plane confronted the man and filmed the whole exchange.
Natalie Hage says she was on an American Airlines flight to Los Angeles on Thursday, and shortly after being seated next to the man, he started 'huffing and sighing'. As the flight went on Natalie noticed he was texting someone, about her.
Sharing her experience on Instagram, Natalie wrote: "As soon as I sat down, the gentleman on my left began LOUDLY huffing, sighing, and readjusting himself in his seat. I see him furiously texting and then purposefully turning the phone away from me.
"So, naturally next time he texts, I take a look. the texts were about me and I'm almost positive he took photos of me. Not only were the texts about me, but they were really mean and ugly, with even the recipient named 'Linda' chiming back with shaming retorts...someone who can't even see the situation.
"If you can't read the texts, it says "hopefully she didn't have any Mexican food' and his response is 'I think she ate a Mexican'. Then he proceeds to say he's leaving a 'neck mark on the window' because he's so smashed against the wall."
What a dick.
Natalie was, understandably, pissed off about this, so asked the guy sat on the other side of her if he would switch, but he refused, leaving her stuck next to the texter.
She went on: "This is a fat person's daily reality and not just on a plane. You can be completely in your own space, not bothering anyone, and people can still fuck with you and try to hurt you."
Instead of quietly sitting there and fuming, Natalie decided to confront the man. Saying to him: "I couldn't help but notice before we took off you were sending really horrible text messages about me. Do you normally make fun of fat people?"
The man used the ol' 'I've been drinking' line to try and wriggle out of it, before apologising to Natalie, but then for some reason, he decided to dig himself even deeper by asking her if she'd be able to help people get off the plane in an emergency. Pretty sure that's not a passenger's job, mate.
Natalie calmly replied that she works out regularly, before adding: "My body is none of your business...don't ever treat anyone like that again."
Natalie posted the exchange to her Facebook account where it's been shared thousands of times and has had over a million views, so I guess the lesson is: don't be dick to strangers, if you don't want to end up splashed all the Internet.
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