Community rallies around bullied ice cream worker called ‘disgustingly obese’

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LAYTON, Utah — A Utah ice cream store worker returned to an outpouring of love and support after a customer made fun of her weight.

What started as a typical Monday night for Justine Elwood at a Cold Stone Creamery quickly turned into a devastating experience.

The 19-year-old said she was scooping ice cream for a woman and her kids when that woman told her children, “If you have too much ice cream, you’re going to look like her.”

The bullying didn’t end there. The woman took it a step further and anonymously posted a review on Yelp.

It reads in part, “One of their female employees, Jessie? Jennifer? J-something, is disgustingly obese, and each time we come in, although she does her job, and is very polite, instantly makes my appetite disappear.”

The verbal abuse isn’t unfamiliar to the Cold Stone employee.

“Unfortunately, it wasn’t something that I’m not used to. I’m kind of used to it, which is horrible, but it’s just something that I kind of dealt with throughout my life,” Elwood said.

The community rallied around Elwood, who is going to school to become a doctor, and has even set up a GoFundMe page to help her reach her goal.