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A co-worker at the restaurant came looking for my wisdom the other day. “What do you say when a fat customer jokes about their weight?” This happens a lot in booth sections, by the way. Fat people struggle to squeeze into booths and, because they are embarrassed about it, make light of their size. I have a friend at work who makes jokes about being big. I don’t bite by lying and automatically saying that she’s skinny. She’s not fat, but she’s not skinny. I just don’t want to play that game so I tell her, jokingly (yeah, I cop out), that it’s not right to put people on the spot like that. You’re either begging for a lie or making that person feel like a jerk for agreeing. But this is becoming common enough that I’m at the point where I’m just going to start agreeing and amplifying self-referential fat jokes. “God, I’m so fat.” “Yeah, you’re huuuuuge. You want Diet Coke with that tub of alfredo sauce, right?”