Too fat to work, and the government is to blame


Stephen Beer and Michelle Coombe, are from Plymouth, where 60 per cent of adults are overweight. The couple, who weigh more than 354 kg between them and claim $4,000 a month in benefits ($48k per year), have wed in a $6,000 ceremony – paid for by the taxpayer.

They can’t work, and it is not their fault.  Apparently.  

A couple … have blamed the Government for making it too easy for them.

Mr Beer, who has been married six times, weighs 297 kg and has not worked in five years.

He can’t stand up for more than a few minutes at a time, he relies on a council carer to get washed and dressed  – at a cost to the taxpayer of $16,000 a year – and he can only get around on a specially adapted mobility scooter for the obese.

He struggles to chop vegetables for his beloved pasta dish without becoming out of breath.


A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: ‘Being obese itself does not entitle someone to disability benefits, but rather it’s the associated long-term health effects.

‘We are reforming disability benefits by introducing a new face-to-face assessment and regular reviews – something missing under the old system.

‘We are also re-assessing people on incapacity benefits to see what work they can do – with the right support – rather than just writing them off on sickness benefits as happened in the past.

‘Our welfare reforms will ensure that support goes to those who need it most’.

It is people like these that cause a drive for taxes on fat, taxes on sugar.  Once again, we all have to end up suffering in our life choices because these human animals have no self control.  It’s our fault for paying them free money, and our fault for giving them poor food choices.

The solution?  Everyone is to be taxed.


– Daily Mail


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  • RightofSingapore

    297Kg for one guy? He didn’t notice a problem at 120, 150, 180, 200, 220, 250 etc? I’d be following him around with a tuba or trombone when he walks.

  • ozbob68

    Flippin heck. Move the fridge progressively further up the stairs in their house; that will sort em. And if he can’t stand for more than a few minutes, how did he manage the entire wedding ceremony?

    • Wheninrome

      He might have only made it as far as the Wedding Breakfast.

  • Michael_l_c

    The taxpayer paid for the wedding? They hadn’t been living together prior? They haven’t got long to live then the tax payer will pay for the funeral.

    Oh yes who buys the food, cooks it & feeds them?

    • Tom

      The chippie up the street. He gets there on the fattie-mobile.

  • Rocket

    Got to be said. No apologies to those offended – in fact, get stuffed.
    There were no obese people in Belsen.

  • I.M Bach

    Who on earth authorised the spending of taxpayer money on a wedding? That is just sheer lunacy; sack them!

    • dgrogan

      No doubt, some scumbag NHS caseworker who probably argued that giving them a wedding would boost their self-esteem – thus encouraging them to lose weight. Yeah, right!

  • Ginny

    Nice leather lounge suite too.

    • Jafarma

      With arm rests suitable for resting his nice notebook and her remotes (for what’s the bet, the large flat screen TV they have to watch since they can’t work). It seems to me they get far more benefit funding than they need.

    • how about the laptop with his lotto tickets on the keyboard. If they win lotto – then WE have put up the funding pool.

  • I can’t believe this. Let’s hope they can’t breed. Maybe the tax payer will buy them a new iPhone so they can s_ex txt in lieu of the physical alternative.

    • Wheninrome

      They have outlawed sow crates, which in this case might be a pity as they do protect the young from being squashed.

    • Korau

      Won’t be able to breed, wouldn’t be able to figure which wrinkle to put it in!
      Would expect someone from the Gummint to aim it for him.

      • geoff2112

        Stop it….I am hurting myself laughing…

  • Nebman

    Just to be clear, we are talking about Plymouth, England. Presume if correct, there’s no Kiwi taxpayers dosh going to these Lounge loafing newly weds….

    • Chris EM

      Thanks for that, I read New Plymouth.
      The anger is subsiding now.

      • Nebman

        Yes, my initial response was apoplectic rage and then I realised that not even here have we reached this level of tax payer indulgence – yet!

    • Rick H

      Hah – Same here – I read “New Plymouth” as well.
      Goes to show what the mind can do when reading.

      I’ll have to be more careful in future.

  • Hard1

    These people would be much happier back in the sea….

  • BlitzkriegNZ

    Give them more money, they might eat themselves to death faster. Saves money in the long run, less chance of them fighting through it if they get sick too so less hold ups in the hospitals. I have no sympathy for anyone in this condition, I’d be banned if I said how I really feel about it. Even worse when they do this to their kids too.

  • cows4me

    If they were skin and bone the left would be having a go at the welfare system, why is it any different if someone is crossly obese ? The system isn’t doing these people any favors. It would seem their biggest disability is the system that supports them.

    • Timboh

      I guess either of them are on the pig’s back as they used to say

  • Stuntman

    In the Daily mail article, he’s 31 stone. That’s 197kg not 297.
    Still pretty fat though!

    • Typo, I’m sure.

      • Rick H

        yes, she sure looks a wee bit heavier than 57KG.
        I’d say he’s 197, and she’s 157

  • Cadwallader

    Per earlier thread: This indolent fat prick deserves all the ridicule which can be mustered. At least he is not headed for the Antipodes at our cost.

  • Mickey M

    Some articles make my blood boil. This is one of them. Grrrr

  • Reid

    The UK is about to denote obesity as a disability, with all attendant benefits accruing therefrom to the poor widdle “victims.”

    As you all know, we’re not far behind the UK, once the lefties get back in.

  • dgrogan

    Chopping vegetables my cabbage. They didn’t get to the size of a small rhinos eating vegetables.

  • Timboh

    Well, I guess life imitates art. Homer was onto this scam and he is not that smart. see

  • Murray Smith

    There must be mental issues here. Even to go to the media……………………..

    • Pete

      The media would have gone to them, a bit like they do over here when they pimp the poor. Don’t forget, these people are just pawns in the long game, and the MSM are just using them to push this long term tax everybody for everything agenda.

  • steve and monique

    I read this this morning and couldn’t quite believe what I was reading, particularly the bit where they said they were too fat to work and yet they attempted to lose weight for their wedding – hhmm so they will lose weight for their wedding but not to slim down enough to find work – yeah that’s the governments fault alright

  • intelligentes candida diva

    Disgusting in two ways
    1 The cop out blame game disgusts me
    2 The lack of ownership for ones plight disgusts me!!

    • Dave

      A persona ltrainer i know of is quoted as saying: “Stop eating and start moving Fat Boy” I often think of it, seems appropriate, especially in this case.

  • Vaughan

    It’s probably John Key’s fault; I’m sure he has been to England…

  • Cadwallader

    I have just picked up that this is marriage #6! Were the first 5 wives smothered or consumed?

  • Imogen B

    I must have been mixed up and stumbled into cartoon of the day by mistake.
    Can’t stop laughing at the article or the comments. Thanks.
    (Not being the taxpayer this time!)

  • celebritydave

    if a sex tape of the honeymoon emerges, please god do not let me stumble across it.

  • Disinfectant

    If they were given water, and only water they wouldn’t die.
    I would lock them up where they could not access any food at all.
    After about a month they would still be alive, but would emerge mere shadows of their former selves.
    Not only that they would no longer have an appetite to get fat again.
    Problem solved.

  • JRyan

    Pathetic and stupid gullible government departments that fall to this crap.
    Just eat less, simple. Weakness.

  • Nz front

    I’m abit obese, but I’am starting to get my head together since I’ve been studying psychology. It’s effects is not just about physical, it is also mentally. Especially it can create personality disorders, major depression and can lead to suicide. But I find this article shocking, and classically shows they abuse the system to it’s core in so many ways. If they don’t get help from a psychologist. They should be done for fraud.

  • Citizen

    16k/year would pay for a dietician and personal trainer. Surely thats more productive than the enabling behaviour.

  • Nz front

    Because everything we do and act is from our neurotransmitters in our brains. It’s all about behaviours. Dietician’s just make plan’s and do their best to motivate.

  • Nz front

    The best action for these guys are is to get a stomach bypass.

    • The best action is to make it a condition of their benefit that they attend a gym for an hour 5 days a week.

      • Nz front

        They are out of control. it is not going to happen, you know that.

        • Its not going to happen for other reasons than they are out of control. Its not going to happen because they are so busy they don’t have time for that so to make them go to the gym would be an imposition on their lifestyle

      • EvoDriver

        So logical, and yet, so unlikely.