Walmart cashier steps in after nail salon turns away woman with cerebral palsy

Mary Scott
Aug 30, 2018
08:53 P.M.

A Walmart cashier offered to paint Angela Peters’ nails after the latter was turned away by nail salon attendants who did not want to deal with her shaky hands. Random acts of kindness like this always restore your faith in humanity.


When Peters left for the nail salon, she had no idea it was Ebony Harris that would eventually do the job. Harris and Peters were not total strangers and it wasn’t the first time the cashier would help Peters. For about a year, Harris had been helping Peters with her shopping at the store.

So when she heard that Peters, who had cerebral palsy, was turned away at the nail salon, she didn’t think twice about stepping in.


Harris set up a makeshift salon within the store and got to work on Peters’ nails. Harris recalled how excited Peters got while they bought nail polish and other materials for the task:

“Angela was very excited, she started smiling and laughing and was super happy. After she got her nail stuff, we just sat down at Subway and I painted her nails.”

The duo attracted another Walmart staff who promptly became Harris’s assistant. The cashier narrated:


"One of our other associates saw what was going on and got some white polish and some glitter polish, so we gave her a cute little simple design."

But it was neither Harris nor the other Walmart staff that told the world their story of kindness. Tasia Smith, who works with the Subway, was only passing by when she saw what the women were up to at the makeshift salon.

Smith took a photo and posted it on Facebook. Within two hours of posting, Smith recalled, the post had been shared 1,000 times.


“I wasn't expecting it to go viral. …I just wanted people to know what happened. It was nice to see someone helping Angela. She's like everyone else.”

Since the first time, Harris has volunteered to paint Peters hand on another occasion. The young lady said though, that she would have done the same thing if it involved someone she didn’t know.

Speaking with TODAY Style, she said:

"My heart is full of compassion for anybody and everybody. I would have still painted her nails even if I had never met her before. I stepped in because I didn’t want her feelings to be hurt and her day to be ruined.”


Meanwhile, Peters is not bitter about the horrible treatment she got. In a Facebook post, she wrote:

“I forgive the nail people for not doing my nails and Walmart has never treated me wrong don’t think bad of Wal-Mart and when people do us wrong we must forgive if not we harbor bitterness I don’t want anyone fired.”

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