Maltese Customer Threatens To Sue Sliema Outlet After Fat-Shaming Comments

He was allegedly told they only serve 'slim, good looking guys'

Untitled Design 59

Noel Calleja went for a browse through Sliema's shopping centre at The Point on Saturday morning, and decided to check out some shirts in Pull&Bear he saw advertised in his size online. According Calleja, it all kicked off after he entered the store and asked salesman if they had a particular shirt in his size; a size large.

According to Calleja, the salesman then said, with an 'intentionally high enough volume' for all in the store to hear: "We only cater for good looking, slim guys."

Noel, clearly distraught after the ordeal, reported the inappropriate comment to the 44,000 strong on Are You Being Served? (Malta) - one of the island's top consumer report pages. 

Pb Noel Op

Comments flooded in with many different reactions to the whole thing.

Pb How People With Manners
Pb Swears
Pb Betterplace
Screen Shot 2017 09 12 At 15 34 54
Screen Shot 2017 09 12 At 15 34 31
Screen Shot 2017 09 12 At 15 34 44

Lovin Malta reached out to Pull&Bear, now in the midst of a heated scandal, and representatives from the Sliema branch stated that they are "gobsmacked this story is newsworthy". When asked if the salesperson had been sacked, they responded with a simple "We don't really want to comment on that."

"This is not the way things are done on our island," Noel Calleja told Lovin Malta. He then stated that Pull&Bear had essentially brushed the matter off with an impersonal, almost pre-scripted email from their Spanish headquarters, and was ignored entirely by manufacturers BigBon.

Big Bon Message
Pb Response

After these attempts were again pushed aside, Calleja started considering taking legal action, confirming that he had recordings to present as legitimate evidence in his forthcoming case against Pull&Bear (which he was advised not to release prior to his day in court).

Pb Sue
Pb Noel Confirms Suit
Pb Sue 2

Do you think legal action is the appropriate here? Let us know in the comments

READ NEXT: Pharmacy Shaming Is Now A Thing In Malta

Written By

Mike Finnegan

Mike Finnegan has never been great with photos.... He prefers reggae, rum, sitting in trees, and fighting on the front lines of the Vinyl Revolución!

Comments