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This Woman Had The Best Response To A Sexist Sign Outside A P.E.I. Car Dealership

Stay kind, y'all.

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There were many people upset with Prince Edward Island car dealership owner's "humorous" sign about female drivers. But for one woman in Toronto, it hit even closer to home.

Posted outside of Mellish Motors, just east of Summerside, the sign said "women are like snowflakes, they can't drive."After a photo of the sign blew up on social media, owner John Mellish doubled down with two more signs. The first said “Sensitive women don’t read this sign, you know who you are!” and the second said “Attention drama queens, auditions for today have been cancelled!”
Megan Beairsto

Posted outside of Mellish Motors, just east of Summerside, the sign said "women are like snowflakes, they can't drive."

After a photo of the sign blew up on social media, owner John Mellish doubled down with two more signs. The first said “Sensitive women don’t read this sign, you know who you are!” and the second said “Attention drama queens, auditions for today have been cancelled!”

Josie Candito owns a Master Mechanic location in Toronto and she also likes adding a bit of humour to the shop's sign. After seeing Mellish's messages, she decided to post a reply: "Mellish Motors... My Canada includes respect for women!"

Josie Candito

Candito told BuzzFeed Canada that she feels it's the responsibility of business owners to be leaders in their community, funny signs included.

"As a business owner you mentor kids and the community. If you put something out in the public it's your responsibility to make sure people feel good," she said.While she said she understands that Mellish was aiming for humour, she thinks such a prominently-placed joke shouldn't come at the expense of women."I just want to focus on the positive part that I stood up to remind everyone to be kind to one another and respect each other."
Josie Candito

"As a business owner you mentor kids and the community. If you put something out in the public it's your responsibility to make sure people feel good," she said.

While she said she understands that Mellish was aiming for humour, she thinks such a prominently-placed joke shouldn't come at the expense of women.

"I just want to focus on the positive part that I stood up to remind everyone to be kind to one another and respect each other."

In fact, she's been using the sign to send inspirational messages to her community for almost two years.

Josie Candito

"I use that sign to inspire and motivate people and make them feel good," she said.

Josie Candito

Her signs are sometimes just little phrases that have inspired her, or appreciation for community members, or reminders to just be a little kinder to both animals and each other.

Josie Candito

Others capture her love of canine pals.

Josie Candito

"There’s a way to make people smile without using stereotypes or offending people."

Josie Candito
Josie Candito

"I hope I inspire women, anybody, to feel good, to be kind."

Josie Candito