Why are people so cruel??
That’s what Natalie Hage wanted to know after she noticed that the man sitting next to her couldn’t stop texting mean jokes about her weight. She thinks he even took a picture for his friend on the other end! Ugh!
But the plus-size model, who was on her way to Los Angeles for a photo shoot, didn’t let the encounter break her. She handled it with dignity and strength.
If anything, she shamed HIS ass in the end, for being such an awful human!
She first shared the tale at the end of last week on her Instagram, writing:
“As soon as i sat down, the gentleman on my left began LOUDLY huffing, sighing, and readjusting himself in his seat. I see him furiously texting and then purposefully turning the phone away from me. So, naturally next time he texts, I take a look. The texts were about me and I’m almost positive he took photos of me.
Not only were the texts about me, but they were really mean and ugly, with even the recipient named ‘Linda’ chiming back with shaming retorts…someone who can’t even see the situation. If you can’t read the texts, It says ‘Hopefully she didn’t have any Mexican food’ and his response is ‘I think she ate a Mexican’. Then he proceeds to say he’s leaving a ‘neck mark on the window’ because he’s so smashed against the wall.”
See the pics and the whole story (below)!
i’m shaking right now. i’m on a flight to LA right now on @americanair. i paid almost $70 extra for this seat i’m in because i know i need a little extra leg room. i’m extremely flight anxious but there were only middle seats available so i had to take what i could get. as soon as i sat down, the gentleman on my left began LOUDLY huffing, sighing, and readjusting himself in his seat. i see him furiously texting and then purposefully turning the phone away from me. so, naturally next time he texts, i take a look. the texts were about me and i’m almost positive he took photos of me. not only were the texts about me, but they were really mean and ugly, with even the recipient named ‘linda’ chiming back with shaming retorts…someone who can’t even see the situation. if you can’t read the texts, it says ‘hopefully she didn’t have any mexican food’ and his response is ‘i think she ate a mexican’. then he proceeds to say he’s leaving a ‘neck mark on the window’ because he’s so smashed against the wall. from the photos, you can see i’m not in his space. he’s even taken over both arm rests on purpose, coming to my space and digging his elbows into my side…which is in my seat. his next text to her was ‘if the news reports a DFW airbus a321 leaving the runway without rotating, that would be my flight.’ another i see later? ‘if these seats don’t hold, it’s not going to matter.’ and that’s just a few of them. there were several more. i didn’t do anything to him. i’m in my seat, completely (see photos). i am crumpled into a ball trying to not bother. i’m just so upset. i asked the other man to my right if he’d switch me and told him what the man was saying about me and he said laughed and refused. that’s fine, it’s not his issue. this is a fat person’s daily reality and not just on a plane. this is on a bus, standing in line at the grocery store, at a concert, on the internet. you can be completely in your own space, not bothering anyone, and people will still fuck with you and try to hurt you. all you can do is know you haven’t done anything wrong just by existing and to move on. this just makes me a mixture of enraged and super sad.A post shared by natalie. (@nataliemeansnice) on Jun 29, 2017 at 9:55am PDT
Such a sad but true statement.
We really respect the attitude of “existing and moving on.” But you know what we respect even more? That she changed her mind and confronted the asshole! Get him, girl!
Natalie posted the video of their interaction on her Facebook, and it is SO cringeworthy to watch! We know the guy just wanted to get the hell out of there — good thing he wasn’t manning the emergency exit door.
Ch-ch-check it out (below)!
here’s the video i took with the man, eric, who did this shitty shit to me. i hope my voice isn’t too shaky and my voice doesn’t waver. not the best audio quality but i feel good about the interaction because you should have SEEN his ‘holy shit’ face when i called him out. i didn’t want to film his face that much because i didn’t want him to get me for filming without consent. he tried lying, but when i started quoting him, he knew i was for real. also, bonus gem – he went from immediately apologizing to calling me inadequate to be sitting in an exit row because i couldn’t possibly help anyone in an emergency because i’m fat but quickly shut him down with that bullshit. even more bonus gem? he apologized AGAIN and offered to take me to dinner ‘for the trouble’. WHAT WAS THIS INTERACTION?!
Posted by Natalie Hage on Thursday, June 29, 2017
[Image via Instagram.]
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