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(Daily Star)   New law says employers must provide "roly-poly" employees with reinforced office chairs, priority parking (link currently has some not safe for work photos promoting other stories)   (dailystar.co.uk) divider line 170
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2014-07-19 12:53:01 AM
These are the chairs we have in the lab at work. I have nothing else to say.

i57.tinypic.com
 
2014-07-19 01:25:59 AM
Do they get extra-big toilets with a turbo-flusher in their extra-large stall, too?

At what point do you stop making accommodations?

"We had to hire her a monkey because she couldn't wipe her ass and her colleagues were complaining about the smell."
 
2014-07-19 08:43:11 AM
Not a problem.
f.kulfoto.com
 
2014-07-19 09:59:42 AM
Now *I* want an ass-wiping monkey.....
 
2014-07-19 10:10:49 AM

xanadian: Now *I* want an ass-wiping monkey.....


Do you not have interns?
 
2014-07-19 10:14:33 AM
"Why don't you spend 5 minutes on a stair master you pudgy bastard."

"Edwards, if you were half the man I am..."

"Hey what you talkin' about I AM half the man you are."
 
2014-07-19 10:16:03 AM
Imagine seeing yourself as the stock photo in an article about obesity....
 
2014-07-19 10:16:13 AM

Snarfangel: Not a problem.


That actually looks comfy. Can imagine sitting in all sorts of weird positions on that.


As for article (which dnr), if I'm forced to do that, I'd make a mockery out of it. Put in the extra large chairs, but then put in troughs, signs requesting they tread lightly.

/would probably get sued out of business
 
2014-07-19 10:16:58 AM
 
2014-07-19 10:18:25 AM
davidbyrne.typepad.com
 
2014-07-19 10:20:46 AM
Make the priority parking 5 km away and don't have the lot open until 45 minutes before their shift starts.
 
2014-07-19 10:22:50 AM
It'd be nice if chairs with metal rods supporting the chair above the wheels were actually supported by more metal holding them in place, instead of crappy thin plastic "straps" wrapped around the base and shoddy plastic holding the metal rod in place. Getting a new chair every half year~year from Staples is not kind to the wallet.
 
2014-07-19 10:24:19 AM
About time! I've had just about enough of this thin privelege. Thin privelege is being able to comfortably fit in a chair that was designed to shame the above average sized person. Thin privelege is being able to order fast food without being condescended to. It's about time society start treating this like the disability that it is. Not everyone can be born with the genetics to stay skinny.
 
2014-07-19 10:28:20 AM

xanadian: Now *I* want an ass-wiping monkey.....


Gives trunk monkey a whole new meaning.
 
2014-07-19 10:28:34 AM
So if you're a useless blob, you can get a job as a child care worker, and you get to stand around and watch other people work because you can't bend over anymore to tie a kid's shoe?

The EU can't fail fast enough.
 
2014-07-19 10:29:13 AM
And I've been told all this time that it wass America who was the only country with an obesity problem.
 
2014-07-19 10:29:16 AM
As a big person, I actually find this to be stupid.

We need to lose weight, not do this kind of B.S.
 
2014-07-19 10:29:20 AM
www.troll.me
 
2014-07-19 10:29:28 AM
I qualify as a "roly poly" and this sounds a LOT better than diet and exercise. Where do I sign up?
 
2014-07-19 10:33:51 AM
I had a short stint in the hospital recently and the waiting rooms had lots of chairs like this:
 

www.arnoldsofficefurniture.com

/ Why encourage them?
 
2014-07-19 10:36:01 AM
An enlightened employer could deal with fatties the same way some deal with smokers. But to have some cheese-and-sausage regulating (crypto-government) bureaucracy on it is just asking for trouble.

Meanwhile, got distracted by "porn" calendar rowing team story. Great looking girls (rowers, after all), But naked-calendar gimmick is sooooo old by now.

Porn? Depends if one faps to it or not.
 
2014-07-19 10:36:27 AM
It would make far more sense to make the roly polys park as far out as possible.  Burning a few extra calories per day walking clearly wouldn't hurt them.
 
2014-07-19 10:36:35 AM
I'm 6'1" and weigh 180 lbs, but I'm lazy.  If I say that I'm motivationally challenged can I have priority parking too?
 
2014-07-19 10:37:17 AM
fark that.  Try some exercise, fatty.  Don't make those of us with self control pay for your lack of discipline.
 
2014-07-19 10:38:31 AM

trevzie: About time! I've had just about enough of this thin privelege. Thin privelege is being able to comfortably fit in a chair that was designed to shame the above average sized person. Thin privelege is being able to order fast food without being condescended to. It's about time society start treating this like the disability that it is. Not everyone can be born with the genetics to stay skinny.


You tried too hard. Next time, play the victim card and whine about how it is of your control. Be subtle, like Calista Flockhart sneakily eating a piece of lettuce, not loud and obnoxious like John Goodman and Adele fighting over who gets the last of the mashed potatoes in a buffet line.

And learn how to spell 'privilege'.

No scores from me. This is not the Olympics; however, due to new government laws you do get a trophy for participating.
 
2014-07-19 10:39:26 AM
Priority parking? The bigger you are the farther away you have to park.

/you're welcome
 
2014-07-19 10:41:22 AM
How "progressive" of them to transfer the responsibilities and consequences (to include costs) of an individual's actions to others (businesses/tax payers) and then call them rights.
 
2014-07-19 10:41:27 AM
A co-worker has a chair like that.  He's easily pushing 4 bills if not achieved it.  He makes comments about how much his chair has cost the company.  I'm happy I only have to be in his presence once a week and it's on Fri and he always leaves early thank goodness.
 
2014-07-19 10:43:37 AM

jaytkay: I had a short stint in the hospital recently and the waiting rooms had lots of chairs like this:
[www.arnoldsofficefurniture.com image 300x272]
/ Why encourage them?


Because if the fatties come into the place and plop down on the floor because it is simply too hard for them to stay vertical, it takes six nurses to pick them back so they can make their appointment to get something to help them with their aching knees, they don't know why their knees hurt so farking much, but they need something for it.
 
2014-07-19 10:45:28 AM
In my last job, I managed a courier company and while we had a couple of 'stout' drivers, no one was obese.

The main job requirements were that they had to be able to get in and out of the delivery van, grab the freight and move fast to keep up the time constraints.

I didn't hire anyone who looked like they'd weigh enough to tilt the van to one side or who might not be able to climb a flight or two of stairs.

I don't think it's right if employers are forced to hire people whose size makes them a liability for the company.

I also didn't hire people who couldn't manage to read maps -- which, pre-cell phone GPS, was necessary.

This reminds me of a Bill Cosby Show episode, where his oldest, cute daughter took a job in a restaurant and then didn't want to wear the required, skimpy, sexy uniform. The whole show wound up being based around her personal rights to not wear the outfit and I wondered why she took a job as a waitress in a place where she knew the staff wore skimpy uniforms. She knew what was required before applying. This was the daughter whose fashion sense mainly consisted of wrapping herself up in layers of miss-matched clothing.

What irritated me is that the show mainly defended her right not to dress in the required way, while forgetting that she knew it was a condition of employment.

Employers have rights also.
 
2014-07-19 10:49:40 AM
Just give business a reason not to hire them for reasons other than the obvious.
 
2014-07-19 10:53:26 AM
Oh HELL no! The chairs maybe, but take the cost outta their paychecks. As for parking..... Do fat people really need to be parking closer? I mean, really? That short walk may do em some good. And don't think I'm some skinny gym buff who hates fat people, i have always and still do struggle with my weight. I'm 5 foot 10 and 280 lbs. kinda chunky. I don't work out much but I do little things to help, like not park so close to places and take stairs over the elevator.
 
2014-07-19 10:56:20 AM

Dirty J1: I'm 5 foot 10 and 280 lbs. kinda chunky


www.sylumclan.com
 
2014-07-19 10:56:48 AM

K3rmy: trevzie: About time! I've had just about enough of this thin privelege. Thin privelege is being able to comfortably fit in a chair that was designed to shame the above average sized person. Thin privelege is being able to order fast food without being condescended to. It's about time society start treating this like the disability that it is. Not everyone can be born with the genetics to stay skinny.

You tried too hard. Next time, play the victim card and whine about how it is of your control. Be subtle, like Calista Flockhart sneakily eating a piece of lettuce, not loud and obnoxious like John Goodman and Adele fighting over who gets the last of the mashed potatoes in a buffet line.

And learn how to spell 'privilege'.

No scores from me. This is not the Olympics; however, due to new government laws you do get a trophy for participating.



Typical white cis-male response. Very important to get a dig in on Adele who has shown she is comfortable in her own body and is a heroine to all womyn who don't fit into societies definition of beautiful.-+
 
2014-07-19 10:57:14 AM
"I'm sorry, I don't think you'll be a good fit with the company"

"I'm sorry, but as much as we liked you, we decided to go with someone who was a better fit for the position."

Try not to snicker.

/BMI of 40? Geez, and I thought I was fat...
 
2014-07-19 10:57:41 AM

Rik01: In my last job, I managed a courier company and while we had a couple of 'stout' drivers, no one was obese.

The main job requirements were that they had to be able to get in and out of the delivery van, grab the freight and move fast to keep up the time constraints.

I didn't hire anyone who looked like they'd weigh enough to tilt the van to one side or who might not be able to climb a flight or two of stairs.

I don't think it's right if employers are forced to hire people whose size makes them a liability for the company.

I also didn't hire people who couldn't manage to read maps -- which, pre-cell phone GPS, was necessary.

This reminds me of a Bill Cosby Show episode, where his oldest, cute daughter took a job in a restaurant and then didn't want to wear the required, skimpy, sexy uniform. The whole show wound up being based around her personal rights to not wear the outfit and I wondered why she took a job as a waitress in a place where she knew the staff wore skimpy uniforms. She knew what was required before applying. This was the daughter whose fashion sense mainly consisted of wrapping herself up in layers of miss-matched clothing.

What irritated me is that the show mainly defended her right not to dress in the required way, while forgetting that she knew it was a condition of employment.

Employers have rights also.


I agree. Technically employers have alot of leeway in discriminating while hiring. It's firing people where all these employee rights come in to play. An employer may simply not like their attitude during an interview even though they are remarkably qualified. Then they can say they found someone more qualified as an excuse not to hire the person with poor attitude.
 
2014-07-19 10:58:48 AM

trevzie: About time! I've had just about enough of this thin privelege. Thin privelege is being able to comfortably fit in a chair that was designed to shame the above average sized person. Thin privelege is being able to order fast food without being condescended to. It's about time society start treating this like the disability that it is. Not everyone can be born with the genetics to stay skinny.


Yup. Telling a fat person to just go to the gym is usually as useful as telling a depressive to man the fark up or a gay guy to just get some pussy. If it were that farking simple there wouldn't be anybody who wasn't "normal."
 
2014-07-19 10:58:50 AM
Rik01:

Employers have rights also.

Not for long, if the progressives have anything to say about it.
 
2014-07-19 10:58:54 AM
i am 6'1" and about 200lbs if i could just put on 100lbs i could get a closer parking space which would mean i could put on more weight...at what point do i get to park inside the building or at a desk???
 
2014-07-19 11:00:33 AM

trevzie: K3rmy: trevzie: About time! I've had just about enough of this thin privelege. Thin privelege is being able to comfortably fit in a chair that was designed to shame the above average sized person. Thin privelege is being able to order fast food without being condescended to. It's about time society start treating this like the disability that it is. Not everyone can be born with the genetics to stay skinny.

You tried too hard. Next time, play the victim card and whine about how it is of your control. Be subtle, like Calista Flockhart sneakily eating a piece of lettuce, not loud and obnoxious like John Goodman and Adele fighting over who gets the last of the mashed potatoes in a buffet line.

And learn how to spell 'privilege'.

No scores from me. This is not the Olympics; however, due to new government laws you do get a trophy for participating.


Typical white cis-male response. Very important to get a dig in on Adele who has shown she is comfortable in her own body and is a heroine to all womyn who don't fit into societies definition of beautiful.-+


Adele is fat? I gotta get out of the midwest.
 
2014-07-19 11:06:21 AM
By parking space, do they mean something on the far end of the lot, so that these people get at least some exercise?
 
2014-07-19 11:08:46 AM

Pichu0102: It'd be nice if chairs with metal rods supporting the chair above the wheels were actually supported by more metal holding them in place, instead of crappy thin plastic "straps" wrapped around the base and shoddy plastic holding the metal rod in place. Getting a new chair every half year~year from Staples is not kind to the wallet.


Huh. I've had mine for about 10 years. Go figure.
 
2014-07-19 11:08:48 AM

jaytkay: I had a short stint in the hospital recently and the waiting rooms had lots of chairs like this:

[www.arnoldsofficefurniture.com image 300x272]

/ Why encourage them?


cdn.ebaumsworld.com

Better?
 
2014-07-19 11:09:11 AM
Came for King-Size Homer pictures. Left disappointed. :(
 
2014-07-19 11:09:28 AM

K3rmy: trevzie: About time! I've had just about enough of this thin privelege. Thin privelege is being able to comfortably fit in a chair that was designed to shame the above average sized person. Thin privelege is being able to order fast food without being condescended to. It's about time society start treating this like the disability that it is. Not everyone can be born with the genetics to stay skinny.

You tried too hard. Next time, play the victim card and whine about how it is of your control. Be subtle, like Calista Flockhart sneakily eating a piece of lettuce, not loud and obnoxious like John Goodman and Adele fighting over who gets the last of the mashed potatoes in a buffet line.

And learn how to spell 'privilege'.

No scores from me. This is not the Olympics; however, due to new government laws you do get a trophy for participating.


They are actually parroting a tumblr site that promotes fat ass acceptance instead of daring to lose tonnage. I think its just called This is Thin Privilege and its pretty pathetic what they say triggers their fat bashing signal.
 
2014-07-19 11:11:04 AM

Dr Jack Badofsky: fark that.  Try some exercise, fatty.  Don't make those of us with self control pay for your lack of discipline.


I agree with you. Though some people are fat due to legit medical conditions, alot just need discipline. I'm kinda fat myself but I don't blame anyone but myself, and I wouldn't ever expect special treatment at work. And I'm proof that fat people can change with some hard work. I was pretty fat when I joined the marines and then had to do alot more working out on my own time since the little platoon PT we did wasnt nearly enough. Then dieting was another issue i had to have discipline for. I want from eating whatever I wanted and drinking beer to living literally off of fresh fruit, light tuna, v8 juice, plain oatmeal, and vitamins. It was very difficult but worth it in the end when I went from spare tire and man boobs to 6 pack abs and pecs. My genetics were against me too since literally everyone else in my family is fat or obese. I've been out for over a year and put some weight back on, but I try to be active as possible in what little time i have. I don't like fat people referring to themselves as victims and whining about unfair treatment.
 
2014-07-19 11:11:29 AM
He can eat an apple pie and never even bat an eye. He likes anything from soup to hay
 
2014-07-19 11:18:32 AM
Closer parking spots?  They should get the ones farthest away.

And 40 isn't  THAT high of a BMI, 5-10, 275 is large, but not 'can't walk twenty feet' fat.

/just saw that with a 26 BMI I'm  "overweight" at 5-10, 185
//best shape of my life, even have a four pack
///can't seem to find the last two abs
 
2014-07-19 11:23:12 AM
i1.ytimg.com
 
2014-07-19 11:32:25 AM

Dirty J1: Dr Jack Badofsky: fark that.  Try some exercise, fatty.  Don't make those of us with self control pay for your lack of discipline.

I agree with you. Though some people are fat due to legit medical conditions, alot just need discipline. I'm kinda fat myself but I don't blame anyone but myself, and I wouldn't ever expect special treatment at work. And I'm proof that fat people can change with some hard work. I was pretty fat when I joined the marines and then had to do alot more working out on my own time since the little platoon PT we did wasnt nearly enough. Then dieting was another issue i had to have discipline for. I want from eating whatever I wanted and drinking beer to living literally off of fresh fruit, light tuna, v8 juice, plain oatmeal, and vitamins. It was very difficult but worth it in the end when I went from spare tire and man boobs to 6 pack abs and pecs. My genetics were against me too since literally everyone else in my family is fat or obese. I've been out for over a year and put some weight back on, but I try to be active as possible in what little time i have. I don't like fat people referring to themselves as victims and whining about unfair treatment.


Ah yes, the mythical people who are fat due to "legit" medical reasons. I've heard stories about them... They live with the Leprechauns.
 
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