Shopper claims store owner told her ‘she’d rip dress because she was too fat’

A woman says she was left in tears by a shop owner who told her she would "rip" a dress because of her size.

Shopper Sophie Roberts was told to try a larger size after claiming she was fat-shamed at Lillie’s, a boutique in Southampton.

The 20-year-old had her heart set on the dress but told she had "no chance" of fitting into the smaller item.

Owner Mr Arora, who served the landscaper, denied the claim but other customers have backed up her version of events.

According to The Sun , Sophie even offered to put up money if she ripped the dress but still wasn't allowed to try it on.

She claimed: “He said ‘You are too large for this, you are not trying it on’.


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“I said ‘Excuse me’? to which he replied, ‘Sorry love, you are not a size 10 or 12’.

“Normally I am a 12 or 10 and every shop is different but that’s not the point really.

“He said ‘You’ll rip the dress’. I know 100 per cent it was not going to rip. He then said “you clearly aren’t a size 10 love – it might fit your mate but not you'.


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“I went from being angry to really upset. I didn’t want to cry, but it just suddenly started. I said ‘You clearly don’t have daughters as you’d never speak to a woman like that’.”

Owner Mr Arora accused Sophie of making up “total lies”.

He said: “She picked up four dresses, three were 10-12 and one was a tiny dress, 6-8.

“I said ‘Let me go and get the right size for you’. Her friend said ‘Are you calling her fat?’

“She kept repeating it and I told her we’ve been in business 20 years, we don’t use these kinds of derogatory terms.

"I was just trying to sort her size out and they blew it out of proportion.”

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