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Forever 21: 'Oversight' Wasn't Meant to Body-Shame

Retailer sent diet bars out with orders of plus-size clothing
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2019 10:15 AM CDT
A "Forever 21" store is shown in this photo.   (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

(Newser) – Most people wouldn't complain if an extra treat was included with their clothing order, but some Forever 21 plus-size customers are miffed at what they're calling a "body-shaming" inclusion. USA Today reports that free samples of Atkins snack bars were found along with customers' delivered attire, with Jezebel noting that the low-carb Atkins treats are widely recognized as diet bars. Recipients of these particular packages immediately took to social media to register their ire, with one noting, per USA Today: "Are you kidding me?!?"

Other customers, however, note they also got the Atkins bars with orders for clothing in smaller sizes. Forever 21 confirms that the snacks were included in all kinds of orders. "From time to time, Forever 21 surprises our customers with free test products from third parties in their e-commerce orders," the company says. "The freebie items in question were included in all online orders, across all sizes and categories, for a limited time and have since been removed." (Personal trainer tries to body-shame bride-to-be.)

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