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Missouri Candy Store Offering Free Fudge to ‘Fatties’

WAYNESVILLE, Mo  – Mardi Gras is not just in New Orleans! A little candy shop in Missouri has decided to do a promotion based around the ‘fat’ part of Fat Tuesday.

Route 66 Candy Shoppe announced on its Facebook page yesterday that they’ll give free fudge to anyone tipping the scales at more than 300 pounds.

“FREE FUDGE for anyone over 300 pounds on Fat Tuesday! Walk, run, waddle or ride your motorized wheelchair down to the Route 66 Candy Shoppe! See you Tuesday!” says the store’s Facebook page.

As of 11:45 a.m. they had their first brave soul accept the offer.

But as you might suspect, not everyone is laughing.  Former customer Deb Czuprynski told CNN affiliate KSPR, “It may be a joke to them but to other viewers they can’t help it, some will die because of obesity, no one should ever make fun of it.”

Shop owner Charley Dill said he wasn’t try to offend anyone.  “We just thought it was a good way to invite people to come in and have a good laugh.”

Dill said “fellow fatties” from Columbia, Mo. — about 100 miles away — have told him they’re loading up the car and plan to flock to his shop.

If today goes well, Dill even suggested future specials, like free candy for pregnant women on Labor Day.