The challenge of accommodating obese passengers is expanding, with an indignant tourist complaining that he was forced to miss a scenic train ride he had booked and paid for, because a “fat family” took up all the space.
Anthony Poppel told Britain’s Daily Mirror he booked a return trip up Mt Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. He was due to ascend the famously picturesque mountain on the equally famous narrow-gauge Snowdon Mountain Railway steam train.
When Poppel arrived at the platform, eager to board, he was told there was no room.
A letter of apology sent to Snowdon and quoted by the Mirror read: “Your ticket was valid for the departure at 12 noon but unfortunately it seems that other occupants of the carriage were large in stature and refused to move their family group to accommodate you more easily in your allotted carriage.
“Our carriages accommodate 10 people but the issue of obesity in our country is leading to more incidents of this type every year.”
Poppel, 69, said he had been looking forward to the train trip, had no time to rebook and had no option but a refund, spoiling his holiday trip.
An investigation by the paper found that on the day of Poppel’s visit a family of four took up the full width of his carriage “due to their physical size and weight”.
Would they make room for Poppel? Fat chance.
“We requested that they sit opposite one another but they refused,” the railway operator said.
Written by Peter Needham