When a young woman from Cornwall walked into the UK-based beauty store Superdrug, she wasn’t expecting to be mocked for her outfit by two employees. Unfortunately for Harriet Rae, that’s exactly what happened.
But instead of crumbling, Harriet chose to kill her haters with kindness. In a July 23 Facebook post, Harriet wrote an open letter to the two women who made rude comments about her appearance and the fact that she was wearing 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,” she wrote.
She continued, writing that the two employees had nothing to gain from making the rude comments, and even threw a few compliments their way:
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!
Harriet posted a photo of her (totally appropriate) outfit with her open letter:
The post struck a major chord. Since being posted on Sunday, it has been shared more than 50,000 times. The post also prompted a response from the store’s managers.
“I have spoken to the lovely people at Superdrug Head Office...who apologised for what happened in the Truro Store on Saturday,” Harriet wrote. “I re-enforced 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.”
Remember, people, it costs nothing to be kind.
The Huffington Post reached out to Harriet for comment but did not hear back before publication.