Metro- A 17-stone (238 lb.) woman claims she was refused her money back on a ‘faulty’ sofa – because she is ‘too fat’.
Anita White, 51, from Derbyshire, complained to Harveys after her couch began sagging and discolouring just a year after she bought it.
But the store rejected the refund after their inspection report stated that the sofa, which costed £1,594 as part of a set of two, had lost its shape due to both customers being of ‘quite large build’.
Anita, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, then hired an independent inspector who claimed the sofa was ‘poorly manufactured’.
I don't want to be the guy that says this because shaming people with multiple sclerosis isn't exactly my thing, but there are just some rights that fat people aren't privy to based entirely on the inconvenience of their size. Unfortunately - much like cheap, comfortable airline seating and the respect of their peers - refunds on year old couches just happen to be one of them. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the basic physics behind being a 238 pound human being and repeatedly sitting on something makes that something's foundation inherently compromised. That's really as simple as science gets. I don't know whether or not the piece of furniture in question had a manufacturing flaw, but I do know it wasn't manufactured with the intent that one big ass woman would repeatedly slump into the exact same spot on it over and over again for the entirety of 365 days. Maybe that's a shortsighted operating procedure, or maybe overweight people just don't mix well with things that have legs and benefit from balance. That seems like a good lesson for this women and her apparently hefty life partner to learn, and it's a damn shame that now they won't have to...
Anita said that since the incident the company offered the couple a partial refund of £1,000, or store credit for the full price, however she refused as it would have left them out of pocket.
A spokesperson for Harveys said to MailOnline: ‘Following the independent report supplied by Mrs White, we were happy to offer a reselection allowing them to go into the store and select another range.