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A spa owner in Colorado refused to give a woman a massage claiming that she was "too fat" and "would probably break the table."
Laura Smith, a 6', 3", 250 pound marathon runner, walked into the Natural Healing Center in Aurora, Colorado last month, when Penny Wells denied her, reported the Daily Mail.
ABC News stated that Penny Wells claims that a table recently broke under a 165 pound man, which is why she was hesitant about Smith.
Dr. Jim Kambeitz, of Kambeitz Chiropractic Health and Wellness in a nearby city known as Centennial, claims that he never heard of a massage table breaking and works on massive athletes for the Denver Avalanche NHL team.
Aside from Ms. Smith having just lost 47 pounds, she is still determined to continue working out and running marathons. In fact, she will be completing another 13 mile race in May.
As weight discrimination is an ongoing problem, Smith has used the incident to motivate herself and bring attention to the issue.
“I just want to be a voice for people who haven’t been able to speak up for themselves who are afraid to,” she said. “It could have been detrimental. It could have made me depressed.”