This story is AMAZING. Not only that, but it can also teach us all a lesson about paying it forward.
A woman carrying her 22-month-old daughter walked into a Tim Horton’s in Michigan a few days ago. Her name was Dianne Hoffmeyer, and she stopped in the restaurant to buy some donut holes for her teething toddler and grab some coffee for herself. While waiting in line, Hoffmeyer says that two middle-aged women behind her started insulting her for absolutely no reason, with comments like:
“‘Oh look at her hair, its nasty looking and the roots are coming through.”
“‘Oh she’s a whale, oh the whale needs to eat”
For Hoffmeyer, the rude comments hurt. Especially because recently lost an astonishing 177 pounds, but of course the women who were absolute strangers had no idea.
“I instantly started to cry, because it hurts. I don’t know the women. I don’t know why they would choose to say something like that.”
However, what Hoffmeyer did next is absolutely amazing.
“I told the cashier, I’ll pay for their coffee.”
She then walked out of the store and cried over their hurtful words. But Hoffmeyer said that she really wanted to set an example by “paying it forward” rather than lashing out at the women.
Then, she shared her story on Facebook:
“To the 2 mean bitter ladies that were standing in line at Tim Hortons in Fort Gratiot behind me. I could hear you. I could hear the hurtful things you said about me. Sorry that my hair needs to be re-colored and the roots bothered you,but I have children that need to be taken care of. They come first. You both were right when you said I didnt need the small box of tim bits because I already looked… like a whale. Just so you know they were not for me. But for my sick 22 month old daughter who has kept me up all night crying and teething. I thought they might make her happy, yes I set aside the fact that they are not healthy because I wanted her to smile. You both made me cry. Then when I ordered a coffee that I RARELY get to treat myself to you both snickered and called me a “Retarded Lard Ass” I’ll have you know I’ve worked hard to lose 177 lbs in 22 months. I am proud of myself. You both should be ashamed of yourselves.
But to show that my mother raised me better, I’d like to say YOUR WELCOME. Because this “Fat Retarded Lard Ass” paid it forward and I bought your coffee’s this morning.”
Her story soon went viral…and for all the right reasons.
Let this be a lesson to all of us on not only “paying it forward,” but also in just being kind to one another. Because we never know what someone else is going through.
The world could use more women like Dianne Hoffmeyer.