Last Friday, Rachel Taylor was shopping for a 4th of July outfit at Old Navy when she overheard a mother-daughter duo. The young girl picked up the plus-sized tank top and said to her mom, “Look! Me and so-and-so can fit in this tank top!” Her mom laughed and said, “Yeah, you could! That thing is huge!”
This upset Rachel because the exact tank top was her size. She then left the store crying. “I couldn’t help it; I started crying. I guess the girl and her mom walked away. I have no idea. My husband walked me out of the store to the car. I sat in the car crying for a long time but eventually went back inside to finish my shopping,” Rachel explained on Facebook. After reentering the store, Rachel decided to rise above the mother and daughter’s comments. She tried on the shirt and took a photo in the dressing room. She then wrote a letter to Old Navy via Facebook. Read it below:
“Posting a photo on social media is NOT an invitation to criticize, ridicule, or judge someone. Calling me a crybaby, telling me to save my shopping money for therapy, telling me to “do something” about my weight… what does that accomplish other than making yourself look like a fool? Sitting behind a keyboard commenting on someone else’s life doesn’t make you superior; it makes you a troll.”
Rachel hopes that this post will make people think before they speak and if someone’s words do hurt you, you have to move on. I wonder if the mother and daughter that said those comments have seen this and what they think!