Child has purest response for cashier who questioned the color of her doll
A mother of two from South Caroline took to Facebook on March 31 to share an important interaction she had during a recent family outing to Target.
Brandi Benner says she and her husband promised their daughter, Sophia, that "after 1 whole month of going poop on the potty, she could pick out a special prize at Target."
"She, of course, picked a new doll," Benner wrote in her post. "The obsession is real."
But the family trip hit a small snag at the cash register, when a confused employee questioned Sophia's choice of doll.
"While we were checking out, the cashier asked Sophia if she was going to a birthday party. We both gave her a blank stare," Benner wrote.
The cashier continued with her line of questioning, asking Sophia if the doll was for a friend before Benner interjected to explain that the toy was a prize for her daughter's successful potty training.
"The woman gave me a puzzled look and turned to Sophia and asked, 'Are you sure this is the doll you want, honey?'" wrote Benner. "Sophia finally found her voice and said, 'Yes, please!'"
The cashier then replied, "but she doesn't look like you. We have lots of other dolls that look more like you."
Benner explained that just as she started to get angry, her daughter stole the show with the purest answer imaginable.
"Yes, she does," Sophia said. "She's a doctor like I'm a doctor. And I'm a pretty girl and she's a pretty girl. See her pretty hair? And see her stethoscope?"
Benner says after that, the cashier dropped the argument, replying with a simple, "Oh, that's nice."
"This experience just confirmed my belief that we aren't born with the idea that color matters," Benner concluded. "Skin comes in different colors just like hair and eyes and every shade is beautiful."
Since she shared it on Facebook, Benner's story has received a staggering 500,000 reactions and over 200,000 shares.
Benner even shared an update on her Facebook days later, thanking the Facebook community for being so supportive.
"Our family has received so much love, support and encouragement from complete strangers and that is just proof to me that there is SO MUCH good in the world," she wrote.
However, she did address one problem she has observed in people's reactions to her story.
"As I explained before, the cashier was an elderly woman and I believe she was completely ignorant to what she was truly saying," Benner explained. "I feel like in her mind she was being helpful and making conversation with my daughter."
She says she would rather people focus on the positive aspects of the exchange, rather than harp on the negative.
"I feel like the media is so addicted to negativity that we tend to harden ourselves and assume the worst in others," she wrote. "But you guys, all I have seen and felt from all of this is pure LOVE!"