And now some good news to warm the heart.
When Ebony Harris, a cashier at a Walmart in Burton, Michigan, heard one of her regular customers was denied a manicure at a local nail salon, there was only one thing for her to do. She helped the customer, Amanda Peters, pick out a shade of sparkly blue polish and did the woman's nails herself.
Peters has cerebral palsy, which causes her hands to sometimes shake. The nail salon denied her service, feeling her unsteadiness would make it too difficult to complete the manicure properly.
Harris even went so far as to forego her break in order to try to make Peters' day.
She told ABC News:
I just wanted to do her nails and I didn’t want her day to be ruined.
As someone who has never skipped a break once in his entire career, I feel like I have some soul-searching to do here!
Harris' coworker, Tasia Smith, who works in the restaurant where the women took their beauty break, was moved to tears by Harris's act of kindness. She snapped a photo of the two and posted it to her Facebook, where it quickly went viral.
Harris was a bit overwhelmed by all the attention but said:
I love it and it hit my soul in a very deep place.
And Peters felt like she'd made a new friend, telling ABC:
Ebony is a nice person. I enjoy conversation with her.
In fact, the two have made plans to have dinner soon.
In a time where moments of kindness seem harder and harder to come by, people were understandably touched by the bond that formed between Peters and Harris.
Now we know where to find a true hero. Ebony Harris is a wonderful lady whose act of kindness and compassion represents the very best of us. If only more people could follow Ms. Harris' example.— Jerry Langer (@Langer_Jerry) August 7, 2018
To cashier: Thank you for being accepting, kind, open and so generous with your time! Your heart is beautiful!— Mama_dukes (@9th_chromosone) August 7, 2018
To customer: Thank you for sharing your story and helping others realize we are all the same in so many ways! You are beautiful and an inspiration to many! ❤️❤️❤️
Even celebrities were moved:
As for the nail salon that turned her away, Peters and Harris had nothing but kind words.
Harris told ABC News:
I forgive the nail people for not doing my nails. When people do us wrong we must forgive, if not we harbor bitterness.
Ebony Harris even took care to emphasize that they weren't criticizing the nail salon. What an outstanding example of grace.— MK (@itsfiniteform) August 7, 2018
"We're not tyring to bash the nail salon," Ebony said. "But maybe, spread awareness that no matter the person, who they are, what color they are, disability, whatever, they're people too."
Good advice. As one Twitter user put it: "Kindness costs us nothing!"
Great story. Humanity at its finest. Kindness costs us nothing.— Quefucious (@Que7us89) August 7, 2018