It can happen to each of us to make wrong assumptions about someone we see for the first time and later feel sorry because of our fast and usually unfounded judgement. However, the person we misjudge can be offended and it can deeply affect their self-confidence.
And although we are aware we shouldn’t do that, it’s in the human’s nature to form opinions for others the moment we stumble upon them. We should always let people speak and act so that we know what type of person we are dealing with and learn not to judge a book by its cover.
The following is a story of what misjudgment can lead to.
A man named Luc Perreault walked into a Tim Horton’s in Alberta, Canada.
Luc is a big man, both in appearance and heart. With his 280 pounds and the tattoos, he strikes an imposing figure. When he walked at Tim Horton’s to grab some coffee, his presence was noticed by a mother accompanied by her young daughter. The little girl was a real cutie. She approached Luc and said “hello” but that bothered the mother a great deal.
Without looking at Perreault, the mother told her daughter that: “We don’t talk to dirty bikers.”
Luc was very hurt by the rude comment.
He didn’t want to stand against that lady but somehow felt the need to defend himself and tell the world how these types of comments affect people. He posted on Facebook about the whole thing saying:
“To the family in the red SUV at Tim Horton’s today,
Yes I am a big 280 lb guy with motorcycles and full of tattoos, I am a welder, I am loud, I drink beer, I swear and I look like I would eat your soul if you stare at me wrong.What you don’t know is that I have been happily married for 11 years, my kids call me daddy, i am a college graduate, my mother is proud of me and tells everyone how lucky she is to have such a wonderful son, my nieces and nephews are always happy to see there m’noncl Luc.When my daughter broke her arm I cried more than she did. I read books, I help people, I go out of my way to thank war veterans and I even cried at Armageddon…..So, next time I smile and say hi to your little girl and you grab her and tell her ” No no dear we don’t talk to dirty bikers” remember that even though you hurt my feelings this “dirty biker would be the first person to run into your burning house to save your little girls goldfish so she wouldn’t be sad!!!!”
The post had been shared around 4,000 times, but many viral outlets shared it with their followers as well.
It’s obvious Luc didn’t feel comfortable with what he experienced and he hopes other people won’t be disrespected because of their physical appearance the way he was. The moral of the story is that we should always keep in mind that there is a story behind the life of every person and we should always keep an open mind for the new people that enter our life or just cross our path.
And no matter how we feel about someone, we can always keep our opinion for ourselves instead of being rude and cruel as this mother.
Although he won’t get the “I’m sorry” he deserves, at least he got the chance to tell the world how great of a person he is.
Maybe this story will teach us how we should be kind to everyone even when no one is watching. Does it take a lot to smile at the man at the register, or the person waiting the bus next to you? It might be just a smile, but it can mean the world to someone.
Thanks for sharing your story with the world, Luc!
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