A little before last Christmas, a New Zealand mom named Christine Burnie was standing in line at the hardware store when a man came up to her to talk about her backside. That's sadly common when a lone woman is out trying to buy drywall screws or anything else home-improvement related. What's uncommon is that the guy was actually being helpful! He wanted to let Burnie know that she had a black mole on her back that should get checked out by a doctor immediately, which would be a very weird pick-up line.
Stuff reports that Burnie posted to a New Zealand message board called Neighbourly about the encounter, because she wanted to let the mystery amateur diagnostician know that he was right. The mole was melanoma and the doctor Burnie saw told her that it was fairly advanced. The Bizarro World cat caller may have saved her life:
This message I hope will find the kind man who spoke with me at Mitre 10 Mega on Lincoln Road, Henderson at the Customer Services department before Xmas re the mols that he noticed on my back which had been black for quite some time.
I met you at Mitre 10 Mega on Lincoln Road and you stood behind me waiting for me to finish.
You spoke with me and advised me of the mole on my back, and suggested to me to get it checked out-which I did immediately after meeting you.
You told me that you had a niece at 25 die from a malanoma and recommended that I get my mole checked out-guess what I did immediately after speaking with to discover that I had invasive malignant malanoma.
Had you not bought this mole to my attention the doctor told me that another six months and my life would have been in a serious situation/ more likely my death.
So whoever you are that approached me- I am a mum with a young teenage boy THANK YOU for saving my life. I am truly appreciative of your advise. THANK YOU THANK YOU sire whoever you are...
It's an incredible story with a happy ending. But please, fellas, do not use this as an excuse to harass women about their backsides, unless they obviously need to see a doctor about dat booty.