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Plymouth Man Told He's "Too Fat To Work"

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3:18pm 6th January 2015

A Plymouth man says he has been told he's "too fat" to work.

Stephen Beer is 31 stone.

Thousands watched him tie the knot with 23 stone girlfriend Michelle Coombe on Monday night.

The pair claim almost £2000 of benefits a month.

Stephen used some of the cash to help pay for his wedding.

The 45 year old told Channel Five's Benefits: Too Fat To Work he doesn't want to be on the dole.

He said: "I was brought up with the notion of that if you have a family then you look after them, and that doesn't mean sit on your ass and watch the world go by, you have to earn your keep instead of sponging off the benefits system.

"I have been to the job centre before, I went in one day and they said 'We can't do anything because you're overweight'. What can you do, be Father Christmas?"

Girlfriend Michelle said: "I reckon Stephen will be on benefits for most of his life because of his weight, I will have to be his carer for basically the rest of his life really."

3:18pm 6th January 2015

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