On July 23, Harriet Rae of Perranporth, England responded to cruel remarks from a couple of clerks at Truro Superdrug by writing a lovely Facebook post earnestly complimenting the women on their hair and makeup and requesting that, in the future, they refrain from saying mean things about their customers. Apparently Rae had heard the two female clerks snickering about her shorts, and instead of hiding her face in shame, she faced them and gave them a huge smile.
Her post reads:
To the two girls working in Truro Superdrug this afternoon.
Don't worry, I heard the comments you made to each other about my appearance and my shorts. You spoke loud enough for most people to hear. Its obviously not the first time you've had a giggle and a made comments about another girl but when you do it normally, the person you talk about probably looks away and you actually make them feel really sad inside. But today, by the looks on your faces you really weren't prepared for the massive cheesy smile I gave you!
Just so you know, your words didn't hurt me. The looks you gave me did not either.
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.
If somehow you end up reading this, as Cornwall is a very small place, 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.
So in response to your comments, I send back some love!
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!
Heres a photo of the cheesy smile and the shorts
Update: I have spoken to the lovely people at Superdrug Head Office today (25.7.16), who apologised for what happened in the Truro Store on Saturday. I reenforced that the intended message of the post was to spread kindness and positivity not embarrassment or hurt. They understood and accepted that I didn't want to give a description of the people or my location in the store when it happened. They have also said that my post will be used in training in the future to make sure it doesn't happen again.
Thank you to everyone who shared the post, sent friend requests and private messages.
I never imagined it would gain so much publicity and it has definitely shown me how powerful social media can be.
Lots of Love <3
Rae's post wasn't about getting anybody in trouble at work, it was just to draw attention to the fact that humans have feelings, and that other people capable of hurting those feelings could maybe try harder not to.
And what's wrong with those shorts anyway?