Harriet Rae was running a quick errand in Superdrug, a convenience store in Truro, located in the UK. She wasn’t dressed to impress – it was just a normal day as she went about her normal life. Until she realized that the two girls working in the store were talking about her. Most people would have probably pretended not to hear or put their items down and left without a word.
You see, Hariet has developed a pretty tough skin throughout her life, and when she heard the remarks the girls were “whispering” to each other, she stared them down and gave them the cheesiest smile that she could muster. The girls instantly stopped talking and had the sense to look at least a little bit ashamed.
But she knew that this wasn’t the first time these girls had shamed another customer because of the way they looked or how they were dressed. The girls had become cocky and were talking loudly. Other customers could hear what they were saying, and Harriet didn’t want the incident to just blow over.
She shared her story on Facebook and had this to say to the girls (whom she knew would see her post, as the town isn’t that big.):
I do feel slightly saddened that you think it’s ok to speak about another female, or in fact anyone, in that way.
I don’t believe you gained anything from it apart from looking a little bit silly when you realised I heard you.
Can you be a little bit kinder with your words? Some peoples skin isn’t as thick as mine has become and the next persons might be very thin indeed.”
She goes on to return the “compliments” with a few of her own:
If you did your own hair and make up for work today, you are both very talented. I could never get my winged liner or my ponytail that perfect!”
The company apologized on behalf of the employees, but Harriet thinks that they have probably learned their lesson and only wanted to use the incident to reach out to others who have ever felt shamed because of the way that they look, not to get the girls into any trouble.
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