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An Open Letter To “Men” That Complain About Overweight Women On Airplanes

Posted by on May 22, 2013

I’ve seen dozens of posts or tweets expressing this sentiment:

I’m sitting on a plane next to a FAT person …she should have bought two seats …she’s on my seat

If this is the kind of stuff you complain about, you need to find a new hobby.
Sad and definitely not Old School.
This kind of complaining is unmanly, inelegant, rude, self-serving and more than a bit whiny.

I’d like it if the passengers next to these complainers could read minds and post this:

I remember when gentlemen had enough class not to make such painfully self-involved, whiny statements. Yes, I know I’m overweight. Hopefully I’ll lose weight some day. When will this putz next to me lose his hubris? There was a time when people barely noticed life’s inconveniences. Apparently men have become so soft they not only notice, but feel compelled to broadcast them online. Does he think this makes him look cool? Superior? No. It makes him look small, and not just in comparison to me.
I am sorry for the inconvenience I’ve caused.

And thank you, because the next time someone inconveniences me I will use
your example to remind me to respond more graciously than you.

And if overweight prospects or customers read what a “trial” this Nancy boy thinks it is to sit next to them, how likely is it that they will want to do business with this whiner?

Keep It Old School, My Friend

The Old Man

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