Austrian hotel charges fatter guests more, U.S. prospects slim

Posted March 12, 2008 by Zak Patten

Not long ago, we learned that certain passengers felt they had been discriminated against for being too good-looking by Southwest Airlines. Our latest story of unfair, biased treatment comes out of Austria, courtesy of the U.K.'s Times Online: a wellness hotel, the Bioferienhotel Mandler's Landhaus, is offering "bargain deals" to skinnier guests while its pudgier clientele find themselves paying heftier rates.

According to the Times' article, "The prices at the all-organic food hotel, which describes itself as an “oasis for health-conscious and nature-loving people,” are determined on arrival, when visitors are weighed at reception." Now I'm all for organic food and exercise, but this might be taking those ideals a little too far. I'm trying to imagine how successful this would be on these shores, where 66 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, and somehow I don't see the concept taking off. Maybe it's the fact that we love our Applebee's, where even a salad, albeit a grilled steak Caesar, has 1,190 calories and 75 grams of fat.

I wonder, if Mandler's Landhaus is pricing guests by weight alone, how much would our own most famous Austrian (circa 1975) have paid to stay?

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