This Girl’s ‘Cheesy Smile’ Is All It Took to Shut Down a Group of Bullies Making Fun of Her Appearance

After bullies made fun of her appearance, this girl decided to spread love, not hate.

Some people can be just downright mean, for no good reason at all. Bullies are cruel, and they have the capacity to crush your self-esteem and in some cases even your will to live if you let them. But what most people fail to realize is that their behavior usually stems from an inferiority complex within themselves.

When we are hurt, our innate human reaction is to lash back, to get even—to bully the bully.

But Harriet Rae decided to take the opposite approach when a couple of girls at the local drug store started mocking her appearance.

She posted the response below on Facebook after the incident. It’s already been shared over 50,000 times in three days, and even better, it’s proof that love wins:

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. It’s 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 people’s skin isn’t as thick as mine has become and the next person’s might be very thin indeed.

So in response to your comments, I send back some love!
[epiphany] If you did your own hair and makeup for work today, you are both very talented. I could never get my winged liner or my ponytail that perfect!

#makelovenotwar #girlpower

Heres a photo of the cheesy smile and the shorts
Facebook/Harriet Rae

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 reinforced 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 ♥?

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Bri Lamm
Bri is an outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure. She lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese in between capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras.

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