This obese man,Stephen Beer and his wife Michelle Coombe , were featured in a documentary, “Benefits: Too Fat To Work” about people who claim disability benefits because of their weight, say neither of them is in any condition to hold a job. For this reason, on top of supporting them, taxpayers also ended up paying for their wedding.
The wife weighs more than 320 pounds, says she’s never had a job in her life, and the husband, tipping the scales at more than 430 pounds, hasn’t worked in five years. It is documented that the husband relies on caretakers that come in multiple times per day to clean and dress him, as he is too big to take care of himself.
At this moment the couple also gets just over $3,000 per month in government benefits.
The documentary has been criticized by many people, but in a recent interview, Beer defended himself, saying that he has been turned down for jobs because of his weight, but ultimately acknowledging that he doesn’t deserve benefits from the government.
“The government are making it easy for people like us,” Beer said pint blank. “I don’t think I deserve benefits — I put myself in the situation. I’m trying to sort myself out.”
In the show, producers followed Coombe and Beer as they planned their wedding, which, in total, cost more than $4,500 that came directly from government benefits, which are ultimately covered by the taxpayer.
The Channel Five show features others in similar situations, but Beer and Coombe have received a lot of criticism for the situation they find themselves in.
What do you think should they get government benefits?
Source: Daily Mail