February 20, 2019
A social media user named BrainKatana took to Reddit to share a story that illustrated how some human beings believe in standing up for those who can’t speak for themselves.
He shared how he saw a woman abusing another man just because he was disabled. In his story, the social media user refused to stand by without saying a word.
BrainKatana recalled how one day he was queuing in a line waiting to buy tickets at a movie theater. In front of him, there was a man who had cerebral palsy or perhaps MS.
The Reddit user described the person as having “some other horrible thing that puts you in a chair and messed up your body.” The queue was taking long and the social media user saw the disabled man struggle with opening an envelope which he held “with his teeth and using his one functional hand.”
Not wanting to offend the man, BrainKatana wanted to offer to help but decided against it. The person in front of the disabled man was almost done with the cashier and the user noted that the man appeared to have done this before.
When the man got to the counter it took “him a minute to get out his Regal card and pay for the ticket.” A woman behind the social media user started making loud snide remarks saying “people like that shouldn’t be allowed to go to the movies.”
Her remarks “enraged” BrainKatana in a way he’d never gotten angry before. Initially, he didn’t know what to do with his rage until she said something else and another man in front of the social media user paused.
At that moment, the Reddit user turned around and spoke to the woman saying, “We should all be so lucky to wait in this line on our own two feet. Keep your disingenuous thoughts to yourself.” The woman was shocked and kept quiet.
The disabled man took a little bit longer at the counter and when BrainKatana got there the girl at the register told him he could go into any movie he wanted. The disabled man had paid for him and said, "Thanks.”
Speaking directly to the man, the Reddit user said:
“If you’re out there, disabled guy, I didn’t do it looking for a reward. I did it because sometimes people are real [expletive], and no one deserves to experience what you did today. Thanks for the movie ticket, though. ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ was awesome.”
In another show of support, a restaurant worker’s colleague had just come back from Europe, and had “gained a bit of weight.” On that same day, the boss’ wife came through and started complaining about the cost of food.
She told the staff they were wasting “so much bread” and that they used “too much lettuce.” Then she walked up to the colleague and said, “Wow you’ve gained so much weight! You should really eat less, you are getting really fat!”
It was obvious she was hurt by the comment but said nothing and the boss’ wife called to the restaurant worker to make her a sandwich. In spite, the staff member used 6 bread ends, the worst meat pieces, and the ends of tomatoes to make the snack.
The boss’ wife responded, “WHAT did you do to my sandwich? Why did you make it like this! This will be so hard to eat!” Her simple answer was, “You told us to not waste the ends, I’m just helping keep the food cost low!”
That shut her up even though she grumbled as she ate her sandwich. The co-worker who was called fat ended up buying her colleague a piece of cheesecake as a thank you “for standing up for her.”
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