A Walmart associate who saw a disabled girl refused service at a nail salon was outraged, but what she did about it will warm your heart.
Walmart cashier Ebony Harris saw Angela Peters, 36, turned away from a nail salon in a Burton, Michigan, Walmart. Peters suffers from cerebral palsy and presumably the nail salon workers were afraid to try to deal with the young woman because she suffers uncontrolled tremors and arm movements.
Harris, though, decided not to let this stand. She approached the young woman and offered to do her nails for her. The two picked some nice polish and sat down in the Subway sandwich area of the Burton Walmart.
There is a lot of bad news, but when people indulge in a random act of kindness, it is important to note it.
Per ABC News:
After one of her regular customers, a woman with a disability that sometimes causes her hands to shake, was refused service at a nearby nail salon, Walmart cashier Ebony Harris decided to help.
Foregoing her break, Harris, 40, offered to paint Angela Peters’ nails for her. The pair picked out a shade of sparkly blue that Peters liked and sat down at the Subway seating area inside the Walmart in Burton, Michigan.
Peters said she felt happy when Harris was doing her nails and the two were talking.
“Ebony is a nice person,” she told ABC News. “I enjoy conversation with her.”
“I knew her from her coming in here shopping,” Harris told ABC News. “I’ve helped her shop a couple of times. I just wanted to do her nails and I didn’t want her day to be ruined.”
The story went viral after a woman that worked at the Subway kiosk put a photo on social media.
“She did great, barely moved & was just so sweet,” Subway restaurant worker Tasia Smith wrote on Facebook. “It’s an absolute shame that they denied her for something so little.”
Walmart also praised its worker:
“Ebony simply wanted to make sure our customer’s day was special, and that’s the kind of person she is — someone with a wonderful attitude who goes the extra mile each day to make those around her feel important. We’re not surprised at her act of kindness. Her service to customers defines the spirit of Walmart, and we couldn’t be more proud,” the company said in a statement to ABC News.
The women also appeared on Cars 108 radio:
For her part, the woman with the affliction said she did not hold anything against the nail salon people.
“I forgive the nail people for not doing my nails,” Peters said. “When people do us wrong we must forgive, if not we harbor bitterness. I don’t want anyone fired, I just [want to] educate people that people with different challenges like being in a wheelchair, we can have our own business and get our nails done like anyone else.”
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