Mother body-shamed while buying coffee has unusual, epic reaction

Woman's Response to Comments Goes Viral
Woman's Response to Comments Goes Viral

Earlier this week, Michigan mother Dianne Hoffmeyer walked into a Fort Gratiot Tim Horton's with her 22-month-old daughter to get donut holes to please the teething child and coffee for herself. As Hoffmeyer and her child stood in line, two middle-aged women who stood behind Hoffmeyer lobbed body-shaming insults at her. Instead of insulting them back, the mother astonished everyone by buying the two women's coffees for them.

Hoffmeyer said that the women were insulting her in a hushed tone. They were saying things like "Oh look at her hair, it's nasty looking and the roots are coming through," as well as, "Oh she's a whale, oh the whale needs to eat."

Hoffmeyer, who recently lost 177 pounds and has been extremely proud of her hard work, said that the insults stung. The mother, who had been up all night with her crying, teething baby, said:

"I instantly started to cry, because it hurts. I don't know the women. I don't know why they would choose to say something like that."

Just as Hoffmeyer prepared to leave the Tim Horton's, she turned back and told the employees that she wanted to buy coffee for the women behind her. She bought their coffees and walked out to her car, where she reportedly sat and cried.

Hoffmeyer then took to Facebook to share the awful incident, calling the two women "mean and bitter ladies." Tim Horton's manager Brittany Sanders said:

"None of my employees witnessed it, paying for the order behind you is kind of a regular thing here at Tim Hortons so they didn't think anything of it. I definitely think that she set a real example of killing it with kindness and not reacting and taking the high road about it."

After Hoffmeyer recounted the incident on Facebook, her post quickly garnered over 170,000 "likes" and thousands of messages showing support for Hoffmeyer. She's received hundreds of messages and friend requests from people all over the world. If Hoffmeyer ever encounters the women again, or if they ever read her viral post, she said:

"I'd like to buy them another cup of coffee, and talk to them. And explain to them how it made me feel."

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