A woman has claimed she was charged double for “eating too much” at an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Blogger Poppy Jones, who lives in the United Kingdom, told the story in a TikTok video on Tuesday, quickly racking up 76,000 views. She responded to another TikToker’s prompt asking for the “wildest way you have ever been fat shamed.”
“I once went to an all-you-can-eat buffet,” Jones said. “And when the bill came, I noticed they charged me twice. I questioned it and said why—and they said I ate too much.”
She added in the comments section that she was at the buffet with a former partner, but the staff singled her out for the double charge. She argued with them and walked out paying only the flat rate, she said.
Jones giggled through the clip, but told viewers in a comment that she has fought for her mental health through a “body positive movement/empowerment journey.”
“Luckily for me, I am able to laugh these comments off but I realize others can’t and it makes me sad,” she said.
COVID-19 lockdown measures in the United Kingdom directly increased “maladaptive eating habits and body dissatisfaction,” according to a 2021 survey from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Women were more likely than men to report increased struggles to regulate eating, greater preoccupation with food and worsening body image. Respondents with a current or past diagnosis of eating disorders also faced steeper psychological challenges related to body image during lockdowns.
Numerous female celebrities, including Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Silverstone and Billie Eilish have spoken out about how the public’s obsession with their bodies and expectation of extreme thinness have damaged their mental health.
Jones’s video prompted an outcry on TikTok, with many viewers pointing out the buffet’s fundamentally flawed logic.
“But it’s all you can eat? Looks like the restaurant doesn’t get the concept,” one user wrote.
Several others commiserated by recounting their own fat-shaming nightmare stories.
“Went into a Victoria’s Secret and a staff member came over to me, looked me up and down, said ‘we don’t sell YOUR size here,'” said one comment. “I left, never been back.”
“My mother in law said to me ‘if you eat so healthily why are you so overweight,'” added another. “Well she’s my ex mother in law now.”
A third viewer shared, “I had a lump in my stomach which was pretty scary. It was endo. One doctor just said I was fat.”
Newsweek reached out to Jones for comment.