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Floor collapses at Swedish Weight Watchers clinic

Floor collapses at Swedish Weight Watchers clinic

Published: 14 Jan 2010 08:22 GMT+01:00
Updated: 14 Jan 2010 08:22 GMT+01:00

The floor of a Weight Watchers clinic in Växjö in south central Sweden collapsed on Wednesday night beneath a group of about 20 participants in the diet programme.

The Weight Watchers participants had gathered in the group’s facilities to see how much weight they had lost.

As it turned out, however, people’s weight was not the only thing to fall.

“We suddenly heard a huge thud; we almost thought it was an earthquake and everything flew up in the air. The floor collapsed in one corner of the room and along the walls,” one of the participants told the Smålandsposten newspaper.

Then floor then started to give way in other parts of the room. Shortly thereafter, the smell of sewage began to waft up into the room.

"We're going to have to find a replacement premises," Weight Watchers consultant Therese Levin told the newspaper.

But the Weight Watchers didn’t let the damaged floor stop the evening's weigh-in.

When everything had calmed down, the participants instead moved the scales to a nearby corridor and set about seeing how many kilos they had shed. And this time the floor held.

No one was injured in the incident, the cause of which is still under investigation.

TT/David Landes (news@thelocal.se)

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08:46 January 14, 2010 by xenyasai
Oh the irony.
09:16 January 14, 2010 by daniel_15
actually more funny coincidence than irony.
09:19 January 14, 2010 by StockholmSam
Oh, the huge manatee.
10:00 January 14, 2010 by peropaco
how about reinforcing those floors with steel..
10:11 January 14, 2010 by Graeme.H
Surely you don't need scales....I think the floor collapsing would clearly indicate the answer as to how much weight you have lost......"Not ENOUGH!" =)
10:22 January 14, 2010 by Decedo
ROFL!!! That headline tag was right out of the 'Nation Enquirer'. Way to grab attention The Local, hehe
11:05 January 14, 2010 by Tennin
Almost thought this was an April Fool's joke.
13:08 January 14, 2010 by Twiceshy
Who says it was a coincidence?
14:52 January 14, 2010 by Beynch
This is too easy.
18:27 January 14, 2010 by glaciator
"And this time the floor held" haha, awesome!
22:27 January 14, 2010 by fridayz
let see, these people could not have been heavier than 200 kg each, so it means this building could not stand 40 people :)
22:45 January 14, 2010 by AlbionKyle
This just in, a small village outskirt of New York, full of fat car driving Americans, just turned into a small & unstable black hole.
04:32 January 15, 2010 by Chuy
I guess they need to lose some more weight before trying that group weigh in thing again...
14:18 January 15, 2010 by jose_s
Beynch- yes... this one is way too easy, and even easier to throw in a "fat american" joke. Poor people are actually trying to make a difference in their lives.
16:50 January 15, 2010 by soultraveler3
It is funny that it just happened to happen there. Good for those people though, they're trying to become more healthy. :)
17:56 January 15, 2010 by losungen
Earth shattering news. Danke.
22:39 January 15, 2010 by wxman
In other news, bear reportedly poops in the woods and the Pope is rumored to be Catholic. Film at 11.
20:38 January 16, 2010 by kmbr
>>New York, full of fat car driving Americans,>>

Yes, maybe someday you too will have a car and not have to ride the ghetto sled tbana.
21:49 January 18, 2010 by calebian22
Percent of noninstitutionalized adults age 20 years and over who are overweight or obese: 67% (2005-2006) Source: CDC.

Alot of Americans are fat. Apparently some Swedes are too.
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