Anorexia survivor slams east London café over ‘disgusting’ note


‘Smile, you’re losing weight’: Anorexia survivor slams east London café over ‘disgusting’ note penned on toilet seat that could tip a sufferer ‘over the edge’

  • Sian Bradley was working in Vintage Rooms Café near Brick Lane, east London
  • She went to use the toilet and found note saying ‘smile, you’re losing weight’
  • Ms Bradley, who suffered from anorexia, said she was ‘disgusted’ by the sign
  • The cafe, who post ‘numerous positive messages’ around the building, said they had removed the sign










A café in East London has come under fire after an anorexia survivor found a note on a toilet saying ‘smile, you’re losing weight’.

Sian Bradley was working in Vintage Rooms Café near Brick Lane on Thursday when she went to the ladies toilet.

But the writer was left ‘disgusted’ when she found a note saying ‘smile, you’re losing weight’ written on the toilet seat.

It is believed that a member of staff did the drawings, though they were not working at the time so were unable to comment.

Sian Bradley was working in Vintage Rooms Café near Brick Lane, east London when she found the 'smile, you're losing weight' note on a toilet seat in the women's bathroom

Sian Bradley was working in Vintage Rooms Café near Brick Lane, east London when she found the ‘smile, you’re losing weight’ note on a toilet seat in the women’s bathroom

Bradley said: ‘I was working from Vintage Rooms Café in Brick Lane yesterday. I went to use the toilet and was greeted with this.

‘If I had found this while I was purging because anorexia recovery scared me, it would have tipped me over the edge. I’m disgusted.’

Twitter users joined her outrage saying ‘Christ alive this is awful’ and ‘Ugh no this is so wrong’.

Sarah Rose McCann said: ‘This is horrendous! So sorry that you had to see this & that it exists in the first place.’ 

The homemade graffiti was still there the next day and all over the bathroom, suggesting it was intended as a permanent feature and not the work of a rogue customer.

The cafe post 'numerous positive messages' on their walls. They said they have since removed the note

The cafe post ‘numerous positive messages’ on their walls. They said they have since removed the note

In a statement Vintage Rooms said: ‘We have been made aware of this and have taken appropriate actions to remove the writing from the toilet seat, though we would like to put forward the toilet have numerous positive messages that have not been shown.

‘We did not intend to cause any harm to any of our customers in fact the whole café is full with positive quotes, we do apologise for any harm this may have caused, it was never intentional.

‘We fully support anyone suffering from anorexia and would not want to exacerbate the situation in any way shape or form.

‘All writing in the café is was written with the intention of pure humour and not to cause any discomfort to anyone.

‘We have taken measures to educate our staff on this issue going forward.’

The café describes itself as a ‘coffee shop by day and bar by night’ that ‘offers a cosy atmosphere where you can have a quality taste of the good old times’.

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