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350-pound Long Island firefighter sues over being taunted by fellow volunteers

Firefighter says his gear was tampered with after he asked for an investigation

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A Long Island volunteer firefighter is suing his fire company because he was fat-shamed. According to Kathianne Boniello at the New York Post, Firefighter John Munro of the Hauppauge Fire Department claims his gear, including a rescue rope, was tampered with we he complained to department officials and asked for an investigation into the harassment. The article says Munro weighs 347-pounds and has been a member for two-years. Munro is also a maintenance worker for the department.

Kathianne Boniello, New York Post:

“Have a doughnut,” they taunted, while calling him a “cow,” or “fat f–k,” Munro’s discrimination lawsuit alleges.

They also harangued him for taking up two seats in the fire truck, according to Brooklyn Federal Court papers.

Since he joined the force in October 2017 — presumably after passing its mandatory physical exam and an agility test — co-workers joked Munro would break the pool table if he leaned on it, consigned him to a broken recliner to sit in, and told everyone to call him “Billy Bob,” a “grossly overweight” film character, he claims.

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