Some people can't seem to help themselves from judging others in public, based on appearances. One woman was ridiculed for her choice in clothing at a local Kroger grocery store by a spiteful shopper who just couldn't keep her opinion to herself. So Charli Stevens, from Ohio, responded brilliantly with an emotional message after suffering from the public humiliation.
Stevens was hesitant about posting her body-shaming experience but felt it was necessary to have her voice heard.
I went to my local Kroger real quick this morning to buy some gift tags because I’m gonna wrap some presents today. While there, I notice this woman, who was probably in her 50’s, kept staring at me. I hate when people stare but didn’t say or do anything.
A reprehensible remark followed the uncomfortable examination.
A couple minutes later, she came up to me and said “I think your clothes are a little too small on you.” Completely caught off guard and baffled and also hoping she didn’t say what I thought she said, I said, “excuse me?” And she said, “well no offense but you’re just a bit big to wear those type of clothes.” Instant tears.
Stevens said she's usually one who speaks her mind and retaliates after being on the receiving end of rude comments, but in this situation, she was completely caught off guard and shut down.
The verbal assailant wasn't finished judging. She told Stevens, “I’m not trying to be mean but maybe just reconsider your outfit before leaving your house from now on.”
Stevens couldn't believe how people could be so incredibly heartless.
She walked away and I just stood there at the cart with Grayson looking at me. I was literally crying in the middle of the Christmas aisle at Kroger. I left without buying anything and sat in my car and cried.
It’s no secret that I’ve gained weight throughout life. I’ve birthed two kids so it’s bound to happen. Do I realize I’m overweight? Yes. Do I want to be smaller? Yes. But am I okay with the way I look? Yes!! Why would a complete stranger go out of their way to insult someone? What if I was severely depressed? Or what if I was constantly made fun of for my weight and that one comment from that stranger pushed me over the edge? Luckily, I’m neither of those things. But people have got to start being nice.
She added that she was relieved her 4-year-old wasn't subjected to the crude act, but she was still with her 5-month old, Grayson, in the shopping cart. The stranger wasn't aware of the fact that Stevens lost 50 pounds from her heaviest before giving birth to Grayson. "My clothes were tighter than what I would normally wear but so what?! It shouldn’t matter what people wear," she said.
So Stevens ended her post with a public announcement for people to think twice about making a rude comment.
Please, PLEASE, have some respect for people. You never know what someone is going through or if your one little comment, snicker, stare, whatever will be enough to break someone down or push them over the edge.
I’m not writing this for sympathy but just as a plea to anyone who might read this to just be nice and have respect for people. I fear for my daughter to grow up in this world. We’ve gotta set a good example for our children.
We think Charli looks great, and everyone should be able to wear whatever they feel comfortable in when shopping at a grocery store. Kindess is all that matters.
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