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“Letting fatties roam the site is a direct threat to our business model”

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Posted By: The Booze at 9:30 am

5 Jan 2010

BBC – Dating and social network site has axed some 5,000 members following complaints that they had gained weight.

The members were singled out after posting pictures of themselves that reportedly showed they had put on pounds over the holiday period. The site allows entry to new members only if existing members vote them as sufficiently attractive to warrant it.

The US, the UK, and Canada topped the list of excluded members. The site has always been unrepentant about its selection process, calling itself “the largest network of attractive people in the world”. The move was reportedly prompted by members themselves, who police the membership of the site to maintain a high – if highly subjective – standard of attractiveness.

“As a business, we mourn the loss of any member, but the fact remains that our members demand the high standard of beauty be upheld,” said site founder Robert Hintze.

“Letting fatties roam the site is a direct threat to our business model and the very concept for which was founded.”

It was back in November that I first heard about this website. At the time, I thought they were bound for some sort of discrimination lawsuit. It’s only been about a month and half, but it’s nice to see they are still sticking to their guns. Where else will you hear a CEO use the term “fatties?” That is awesome, I’d love to work for that guy. 5,000 subscriptions is a big hit to their member base, but maintaining their competitive advantage was more important. I might experiment to see if they let me join the site. If I do, I’ll be sure to let you know the results.

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  • detroitplaygirl

    I am not offended by this decision. I took the thread's advice and read the Kindle mashup, The Art of War against Fat.
    Shit in your pants funny.

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