Response to A Mom Says A Sales Clerk Told Her 13-Year-Old Daughter She Was “Fat” And “Needed Spanx”:
I think the mom is worse than the sales clerk for opening this up for an incredibly publicly debate. Children are going to encounter bullies of all shapes and sizes in all sorts of environments and the mother should have dealt with the situation privately. I can understand talking to a manager about the employee or emailing someone in a position of power at Dillards but don’t think it needed to go global. The fetishization of playing the victim in situations that really don’t warrant the time or attention is startling.
When I was three I wanted to share my mom’s McDonald’s salad and ran around the table with a plastic fork to grab a bite. Unfortunately, I fell and the fork went right into my eye. My mom, who is terrified of bridges, couldn’t drive me to the hospital because it was across a bridge and had to get a neighbor to take us with the fork still hanging out of my eyeball. Sidenote: My childhood best friend told this story to her elementary school class and a girl fainted. A boy in that class grew up to be a friend of mine and still remembered it when we met in college.
How dare you ruin Grumpy Cat for me.