London Coffee Shop Slammed Over ‘No Fatties’ Signs

A London coffee shop has been slammed for displaying a string of offensive signs at their eatery, including one which says ‘sorry, no fatties’.

Along with fatphobia, F*ckoffee, which is based in Bethnal Green, has also been accused of racism as another sign reads: “This is the longest that something made in China has ever lasted.”

The owners have since responded to the backlash, insisting it was just ‘dark humour,’ but customers are now scolding them on social media.

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The London coffee shop has been slammed for racism and fatphobia. Credit: @f**koffee/Instagram

One person wrote: “Hi @F**koffee_HQ wtf is this? Just got sent this by a friend & before you defend it as ‘dark humour,’ it’s not – it’s fatphobia.

“If the bench isn’t strong to be sat on then don’t put it outside your coffee shop, or alternatively make it strong so anyone/multiple people can sit…”

Pitching in, writer and presenter Chanté Joseph dubbed the place a ‘rotting pile of bricks’. 

She penned: “F*ckoffee is an aged coffee shop in Bethnal Green that thinks fatphobia, racism and rape jokes are a unique form of humour.

“If you live in that area I suggest you find somewhere else to buy your coffee.”

Following the outrage, the shop’s owner posted a response on Instagram.

The coffee shop has issued an apology. Credit: @f**koffee/Instagram

It reads: “I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any racially insensitive imagery that has been posted on behalf of F*ckoffee. I take full responsibility.

“As a black person, I saw this as satirical and mocking the stereotypes with which society stigmatises us.

“My perspective is not yours, and you should not be forced to view it.”

“I will stress that our humour may cut close to others’ sensitivities, but at no point does it emanate malicious intent.”

Another post was then shared but then deleted. 

It stated: “We are not racist. We are not sexist.

“You guys have spoken and we listened. But it really is down to choice. F*ckoffee never seeks to exclude and encourages freedom to express.

“This account has adult content and humour and we make ‘jokes’ because the world can be a harsh place to live in and so we mock ourselves.”

Featured Image Credit: @f**koffee/Instagram & Pexel

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.