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Valet Calls Woman Fat On Ticket, Company Apologizes For Insult

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A South Florida woman got an unwelcome message when she picked up her car at Mizner Park in Boca Raton. There was a valet ticket sitting on her seat calling her fat.

Sharyn Peoples said that she was “mortified” when she saw the ticket, which had the words “play, red dress, and fat” written on it.

NBC Miami reports that Peoples is an actor and she was acting in a play at Mizner Park earlier this month. One of the valet’s apparently identified her as the woman in the “play” wearing a “red dress.” And just to make sure that the woman was correctly identified, the valet added the word “fat” for an extra reminder.

After the incident, Peoples contacted LAZ Parking. Peoples said that the company initially brushed off the incident saying that most of their employees are 18-20 year old kids.

Peoples said:

“It’s only words and it’s from some kid, and that’s one of the things the guy said to me on the phone. He said, ‘You know, we employ 18- and 20-year-old kids.’ I said, ‘Sir, they’re legally adults.'”

The company eventually issued a formal apology and said that it would tell its employees not to comment on a customers physical appearance. The company also offered Peoples free valet parking for the next year.

Luis Macedo, the general manager of LAZ Parking of Florida, said:

“We deeply regret this incident and the company has apologized to the customer and the employee has been disciplined … LAZ Parking continues to be committed to providing the best customer experience possible.”

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The company did not identify the employee who wrote “Fat” on Peoples’ valet ticket. Peoples may not know who wrote the insult on her ticket but she does have a message for the employee.

Peoples said: “I feel bad for you that your parents obviously didn’t raise you well enough, and I hope you understand this is not at all acceptable.”

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90 Responses to “Valet Calls Woman Fat On Ticket, Company Apologizes For Insult”

  1. Anonymous

    They are probably stupid 18yr.olds w/no background in manners in their upbringing and if it was a correct reference I would probably would consider a diet for the new year(and yes I have been down that road and lost the weight and felt better about myself).Usually when you get defensive it is because someone told the truth.sorry.

  2. Susan Leitao Pennacchia

    There is something wrong with you….are you related to this moron kid!

  3. David M. Patton

    Don't know who the attendant was? Just check the time on the ticket and the times of the employees and then compare writing samples. Sounds pretty simple to me if the company really wants to know who the cuprit was.

  4. Anthony Vee

    well,Teresa-I guess she COULD lose weight…but UNLIKE you,(someone who can't get another personality,except "Hurtful and Men"?)…at least she CAN change-YOU can't.
    SHAME ON YOU!

  5. Anthony Vee

    well,Teresa-I guess she COULD lose weight…but UNLIKE you,(someone who can't get another personality,except "Hurtful and Mean")…at least she CAN change-YOU can't.
    SHAME ON YOU!

  6. Dauria Jackson

    Instead of saying fat, he could of said, blond, redhead, short, tall. Fat is hurtful, as could skinny be depending on the person. Some people have low self esteem, and dont want to be reminded of how they look.

  7. Lauri Haney

    I'm fat- I have mirrors, I know this – I cannot imagine that this woman was "shocked" – did she really not know she was fat? Would "mustache" or "frizzy hair" have been more acceptable to her? OH MY! What if the kid had written"black", "oriental" or "latino"? She doesn't like being noted as "fat" bet she'd really hate it if she had to wait while those kids figured put which car was hers. What's the big damned deal – really? My tag would say "blonde" "short" "old" and "fat" – so what?

  8. Hoss Stile

    Really? All this attention for someone being called fat? Wow this world is full of tit bags. Whatever happened to "sticks and stones"? It a shame that adults can't handle name calling as well as small children.

  9. Susan Kohler

    This is the problem with the world these days…. it doesn't matter if she was fat, thin, blonde or brunette, it's a matter of respect. We wonder why kids talk and act the way they do, they learn from example and I see a lot of examples that I wouldn't want a child to follow. If some one is on the heavy side, I'm sure they know that, it isn't a surprise to them, but to say things that are just plain mean for the heck of it is wrong. She can lose weight if she choses to, but just remember, there's no cure for stupid.

  10. Lauri Haney

    really – was it intended to be "hurtful" or "mean" or simply DESCRIPTIVE??

  11. Lauri Haney

    Really Dauria? Fat is hurtful, skinny is hurtful? Descriptive, yes, hurtful – not so much. We're talking about an adult here, not some little kids pointing and bullying

  12. Dorothy Joanne Dyer

    Is it an insult if it's true – we all know if it's true, I've been there.

  13. Joanna Stair

    It is NOT ok to call anyone fat. Is it ok to use the N word? No, It is offensive. Just like using the word fat is offensive. Fire this idiot! Why is it that the only people that can be insulted like this are fat people. We're people too, and we deserve the same respect that is shown to any other person. This has got to stop!

  14. Alice C. Jones

    If they don't "get it" now, they never will. Some people are just ignorant and if he were smarter he might not be parking cars for a living.

  15. Lauri Haney

    these are young kids who have been instructed to add descriptions of the patrons to the tickets for ease of retrieval – no one called this woman anything – at least they are working and trying to do their jobs – really, what IS the big deal here – this woman was not disrespected by being described accurately as "fat" any more than if she had been described as "short" or "middle aged" – it's not subjective if she's fat, she's fat

  16. Crystal Taylor Schram

    Well, if you look at Teresa's picture you'd see that my description of her picture is "slutty". If you don't like that description then don't post a picture of your tits hanging out…..just sayin.

  17. Anne L Sayre Dodge

    It's rude to call people names regardless of whether the names are truthful or not. I can't imagine shoe or purse color couldn't have been added to describe the lady. Anytime you add in race or size, it becomes rude and unnecessary.

  18. Lauri Haney

    actually – they were told by their boss to describe the person's physical appearance – "nice" "smart" "kind" don't work in this situation – we're talking 45 seconds of interaction here. Black, white, Asian, tall, fat, thin, old – whatever – a brief description so that the valet can quickly match the patrons with their vehicles – this woman needs to grow up

  19. Anne L Sayre Dodge

    Lauri: Name calling is rude and hurtful no matter how old a person is. Just because words are descriptive doesn't mean they are not hurtful. Little kids learn by what they see from adults.

  20. Christine Jordan

    People should get pro active instead of complaining, if it bothers the person to be fat do something about it. There could be a positive side to this story if she wants there to be. Case in point: I'm 5'7" I got to almost 180 lbs once & someone at work asked me if I was pregnant, I was shocked but not offended at all.. I knew I was big & getting bigger & I wasn't happy either. I wasn't mad at that person but disappointed in myself that I had let myself go & get so friggin big & that was the best thing ever that person could have done. Thanks for the reality check..The next day after they said that, I got pro active worked out, ate better & lost 18 lbs & looked awesome & felt great. All I can say is THANK YOU STRANGER!:)

  21. Lauri Haney

    fat is a descriptive word, NOT a hate word – this kid didn't write "nigger" or "cracker" or "honkey" or anything like that – she wouldn't be complaining if the kid had written a word she liked – if she doesn't like being fat, that's her own deal, it doesn't change how she looks

  22. Krista Wilshire

    While she may be fat and there's no need to call her that to her face, did the lady really need to get the employee reprimanded or worse fired?

  23. Christine Jordan

    People should get pro active instead of complaining, if it bothers the person to be fat do something about it. There could be a positive side to this story if she wants there to be. Case in point: I'm 5'7" I got to almost 180 lbs once & someone at work asked me if I was pregnant, I was shocked but not offended at all.. I knew I was big & getting bigger & I wasn't happy either. I wasn't mad at that person but disappointed in myself that I had let myself go & get so friggin big & that was the best thing ever that person could have done. Thanks for the reality check..The next day after they said that, I got pro active worked out, ate better & lost 34 lbs & looked awesome & felt great. All I can say is THANK YOU STRANGER!:)

  24. Anne L Sayre Dodge

    Dauria: I agree with most of your statement. When I was going to college a number of years ago, our female college professor, a male student and myself were all all in our mid forties (and in varying stages of graying and coloring our hair). The professor made a comment about the male's graying hair. He spent about three hours after class fuming about the fact that his hair was not graying, was not colored, and was in fact a natural blond color. The lesson learned from this and a variety of other psychology classes was that most people don't want to be classified by physical properties that describe them unless it's something they are proud of or don't care about.

  25. Anne L Sayre Dodge

    I think places of employment that use systems of describing customers to match them with tickets should be trained properly. I don't think it is ever appropriate to use physical descriptions or race to describe a person. If employees don't "get" it, then fire them.

  26. Anonymous

    Damn, I agree with Teresa. Years ago I got a Taxi receipt with TT (not spelling it right because it will get censored) Bar on it. I didn't check. Got me in a lot of trouble. Didn't think of suing the company because when push came to shove it was the truth. How much does this women weigh? Would OBESE or OVERWEIGHT would have been ok. How about BIG or CHUBBY? I look in the mirror every day and right now I'm 54 and I know I'm FAT. New Years Resolution!

  27. Ebony Hinkel

    There are better ways to write some things. Is it illegal to call someone fat? No. Is it hurtful? Yes. They could have even wrote overweight. There isn't a negative association with any of the other words you wrote. However, there is with fat. Maybe if society didn't have such a fucked up view of the word then it wouldn't be such a bad word. Obviously, this guy was being a big dirt bag on purpose because there were probably a billion other ways to describe that lady.

  28. Anonymous

    He or She is a parking lot worker. They are making minimum wage. What the hell is becoming behavior for a parking lot worker. Give the kid a break.

  29. Anne L Sayre Dodge

    It is rude to call someone a name. It is that simple. They did not need to add any other descriptive words to the ticket or they could have added her shoe color or purse color to describe her. It is rude to add words that are name calling. I'm sure there are other descriptive words that slimmer women would have taken offense to as well as words describing ones race. Size words are subjective.

  30. Ebony Hinkel

    All I can say is…get a grip. Stop making excuses for people's douche bag actions. Yes, maybe she would lose weight because some dude called her fat, but I doubt it. You don't know her story. Maybe, she has already lost weight or still on the weight lose journey. Maybe she has a medical reason for being that way. None of that even matters. What matters is that you turned it around on her. Like she did something wrong. All she did was go and do her job and some dumb ass had to hurt her for no reason! I am sure she ALREADY knows she is fat and needs to lose weight. She does not need other people reminding her. I am fat. I know I am fat and need to lose weight. I am currently on a weight lose journey but I have a LONG way to go. Even though I lost weight, I would still be considered fat. You really are the one that needs a reality check.

  31. Alisa Barnes

    Judge much? I'm fat but you can use so many other words to describe me. And by the way, you can lose weight but you can't change ignorance–and you Ms. Vincent, are really ignorant.

  32. Alisa Barnes

    Lady in the red dress in the play….lady, red dress, play. See what I did there? I described her without using the word fat. How many women wearing red dresses were in the play? And it's about respect–some younger folks don't have that. Trust me–if you had that ticket you'd not be that lovey dovey.

  33. Nancy Sazani

    yes I agree, its no secret that your fat if sumones calling u fat. its just a word get over it. why is this making the news and why am I reading and commenting even worse.

  34. Dani Deckard Zafiriou

    Lauri Haney Yeah, those little kids pointing and bullying are the ones who are behaving the same way as adults. No respect, no kindness, no compassion. It speaks volumes of their character and upbringing. It's sad that they only way they know how to communicate is to insult a stranger. And yes, I'm fat. And yes, the truth hurts but at least I can lose weight. I would rather be fat then be mean and cruel to a stranger for no other reason then to just do it. I was raised to treat others the way I would like to be treated.

  35. Dani Deckard Zafiriou

    In this society, fat is a rude insult. Skinny is not. That is why there is a problem. But I'm sure you know that. It's called social etiquette. It serves no purpose other than to boost ones ego to insult someone. The reality is that it makes the insulter look stupid and lacking in self-esteem. Fortunately, every fat person can lose weight but every person who feels superior by insulting them will still be jerks!

  36. Dani Deckard Zafiriou

    Dorothy Joanne Dyer Yes, it is. Try walking around a mall and call every fat person you see fat and see what kind of reaction you get. Why don't you make it more fun and include stupid & ugly people? Oh, let's add the handicapped…go ahead & call someone a retard. Is that an insult if it's true? YES IT IS!!

  37. Dani Deckard Zafiriou

    Lauri Haney Why are you defending their bad behavior? So what if it's true? It is not necessary to be mean and cruel in describing a person. They are old enough to know better if they were raised right? If not, then they need to be taught a lesson. No one deserves to be treated like this whether it is true or not. What if they wrote ugly? Or stupid? Or retarded? Or the mother with screaming brats? Or four eyes (an insult when I was growing up for people with glasses) What does it matter if it's true because describing a person (a customer!) like this is RUDE! It's not necessary and is a further degradation of the moral fabric of this country. I grew up with a couple saying that need to be taught again: " Treat others as you would have them treat you" and "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." Sometimes, even if something is true, doesn't mean you should say it. Try being nice, tactful and polite. It will take you a lot further then being cruel and mean…even if it is the truth.

  38. Angela Dawn Harris

    This is a matter of respect. People should have been taught that WAY before they were 18-20, so that's not an acceptable excuse. I'll bet if the ticket said something like "chink", "kraut", "raghead", "wetback", or "nigger", people would be singing another tune.

  39. Simone FM Spinner

    If you are hurt by someone saying you're fat then lose some weight! I don't get my feelings hurt when people say I am skinny.

  40. Jennifer Hunter

    This kind of behavior is a result of the media constantly screaming about "obesity epidemic".. Anyone who makes rude remarks about the way a person looks is nothing but scum, and should be dealt with accordingly.

  41. Jennifer Hunter

    Teresa Vincent, I have to deal with people like you calling my disabled daughter names every day.. If you don't want to be called a stupid disgusting whore, then don't act like one.

  42. Jennifer Hunter

    Lauri Haney, I think YOU are the one who needs to grow up. If you can't describe someone without using hateful words, then maybe you should permanently keep your disgusting mouth SHUT.

  43. Jennifer Hunter

    darkray1, what a person makes doesn't give them the right to be rude. People used to be grateful to have a job and used good customer service no matter what. What is wrong with you?

  44. Jennifer Hunter

    It's amazing how the comments defending the idiot parking lot attendant's actions are either teenagers or parents of awful teenagers who let them run wild. Sad to see what a horrible, rude society we've become. Thanks parents for producing rotten, nasty children.

  45. Jennifer Hunter

    It's amazing how the comments defending the idiot parking lot attendant's actions are either teenagers or parents of awful teenagers who let them run wild. Sad to see what a horrible, rude society we've become. Thanks parents for producing rotten, nasty children.

  46. Lauri Haney

    seriously – how is "fat" a slur? it's descriptive – which was the point

  47. Lauri Haney

    seriously – how is "fat" a slur? it's descriptive – which was the point

  48. Nila Atkins

    Regardless if the women was fat or not. It was still a rude and disrespectful comment to make. And it also showed a total lack of professionalisim. Siomething that some young people are not taught these days. And it was still inapropriate at a place of business.

  49. Meka OdonWeb

    very well put susan..i know tooo many people that call others fat just to try to hurt them but really they are the ones who are hurting inside

  50. Mitch Schuller

    And how does this crap make news? Yes, they are young kids and trying to do their jobs so they properly identify someone and, well, sometimes you must be descriptive enough. There was nothing wrong with it, only that they left the ticket behind. Makes it a lot easier so they don't give a wrong car to someone. And believe me, valets have done that and people have stolen cars. Fat woman, red dress. Whatever, get over it.

  51. Brittney Vasquez

    Jennifer Hunter when did fat become a hateful word? It's a descriptive word. They didn't put that there to be hurtful, I'm sure they never intended for her to see it.

  52. Martin Zurawski

    This is pretty funny,.. Not the note part,. but everyone's comments! At least he didn't write "friggin whale" or something! Maybe the guy who wrote it is fat! I agree he could've wrote something more thoughtful,. but I bet he didn't intend on hurting someones feelings! I bet now he knows better. Maybe this article will teach more people to not say or write dumb stuff like this in the future…

  53. Danny Meeks

    GEEZ! If she doesn't know she is fat by now she has more problems that someone pointing it out on a valet ticket! GET OVER YOURSELF LADY!

  54. Danny Meeks

    Anthony Vee Seems to me that YOU are the one with the personality problem.

  55. Danny Meeks

    Susan Leitao Pennacchia soooo…YOU can call HIM a "moron" but HE can't call HER "fat?" How's that work exactly?

  56. Janine Hahn

    what about writing the license plate number on the card? Teresa Vincent, maybe the next time you use a valet service, maybe they should put self absorbed b@#$h on the card. there are enough problems in this world without people like you adding to them. if you don't have anything nice to say, keep your mouth shut!

  57. Jon Bradshaw

    No doubt Ms. Peoples would also have been outraged if the valet had given her car to someone else. While not particularly bright of him to leave the ticket with his notes on it, they weren't intended for her… they were to help him connect the car to the correct owner.
    Sorry for the hurt feelings, but the real news here is that a young, minimum wage employee was caught actually trying to get his job right. McDonald's could use a few more like that.

  58. Renee Hudson Young

    Dani, how about medically correct terms like obese or even morbidly obese? Would that be more appropriate? If 2 women in red dresses parked the same model, wouldn't it be easier for a physical description? Yes I am fat but I don't get offended by being referred to as such. What other physical description would be easier to remember? Fat is an easier word (all of 3 letters) to write than anything else. People need to get their own minds correct and stop being such crybabies. If you don't pay my mortgage or own any of my stuff, then I don't owe you anything and I won't get upset by what you say or think.

  59. Adraina Poole

    Teresa, I hope you are the last Douche Bag I encounter this year.

  60. Jami White

    *Chubby. Tacky tattoos. 80's hair. Uses breasts to get attention.

    Just because something is true, Teresa Vincent, doesn't mean it should be stated.

  61. Charles Tenney

    Oh, they should tell that kid that he did nothing wrong. And they should also let him know there's nothing wrong when his paycheck has "stupid" written on it.

  62. Andrea Mcintyre

    if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck dam it its a duck!

  63. Teresa Vincent

    The difference is… she got her feelings hurt. You can call me whatever you want. I don't care. Why would a bunch of opinions from people who have never me me, hurt my feelings? I can simply just say " fuck you" and read the news and never think about it again