NYDN – An obese Brooklyn woman whose photo was tweeted by an emergency medical technician along with the caption “Wide Load” — then splashed across the Internet — is suing New York City and the malicious medic. Teena Gamzon, 65, who uses a wheelchair, was surreptitiously photographed by Fire Department employee Timothy Dluhos, 35, who posted the picture with the slur appearing on her back. ”I’m devastated,” said Gamzon, of Bergen Beach, who suffers from diabetes and other ailments. “We’re made jokes of as it is.” The suit, filed Monday in Brooklyn Supreme Court, is asking for unspecified damages for “mental anguish, ridicule [and] emotional and mental distress.”Gamzon’s lawyer Robert Goldberg blamed the EMT for “making a mockery out of his job,” adding that his client is now confined to her home with shame.
If people aren’t allowed to make “wide load” jokes about fatties when their backs are turned anymore then I just don’t know what this country has turned into. I mean how can this chunky bitch even sue? You can’t see her face. Nobody knows it’s her. For all intents and purposes she’s just a nameless fatty being used as a vehicle for a wide load joke. And I mean c’mon, it was pretty funny. “Wheels couch.” That’s thinking outside of the box right there.
Honestly, I just don’t have time for anyone who can’t take a joke. Maybe if she learned to laugh at her condition a little bit then life would brighten up for her. Chuckle at your diabetes every once in a while. Life is hard, but it can be easier if you lighten up. Bottom line is that when you sit in that wheelchair, you’re a wide load. You’re wide. You’re a load. You’re a wide load. The best thing you can do is embrace that role and make the best of it. I have crooked teeth and a space monkey tattoo on my chest but you don’t see me suing anyone when those things get made fun of, do you?