This girl was bullied for her shorts by drugstore employees — her response is the definition of girl power

Bullying may still live on (much to our chagrin), but there are unsung heroes out there who battle this unfortunate form of intimidation in the most badass ways possible. The perfect example involves Harriet Kinton, a woman who was innocently visiting the drugstore when two employees shamed her for the shorts she chose to wear.

After arriving at Superdrug, that’s when Harriet unfortunately overheard two girls making fun of her shorts (which are actually quite cute!). Though we do not know exactly what was said about Kinton’s shorts, what we do know is this: She was unnecessarily subjected to an act of bullying.


While Harriet could have responded negatively or an in angry fashion, she didn’t. The woman instead took to Facebook to share the whole experience – without lashing out at the girls or seeking revenge. However, that doesn’t mean Harriet wasn’t brutally honest with those who took the time to read her post.

“To the two girls working in Truro Superdrug this afternoon. Don’t worry, I heard the comments you made to each other about my appearance and my shorts. You spoke loud enough for most people to hear.”

Harriet continued by revealing that it sounded as though this wasn’t the first time these two employees had a laugh about someone who was shopping there. Yet, despite the fact that they were the ones to involve a shopper in their conversation, both girls were completely taken aback when Harriet responded to them with a “massive cheesy smile.”

Just so you know, your words didn’t hurt me,” expressed Harriet. “The looks you gave me did not either.

“I do feel slightly saddened that you think it’s ok to speak about another female, or in fact anyone, in that way. I don’t believe you gained anything from it apart from looking a little bit silly when you realised I heard you.”

Harriet then urged these two employees to hold back on the bullying next time a girl comes through the store because “some peoples’ skin isn’t as thick as mine has become and the next person’s might be very thin indeed.” She then flat-out asked the girls to be kinder with their words, expecting they will somehow come across this post since their town is quite small.

To conclude, Harriet handed out some serious love to the girls, beautifully fighting bullying with kindness.

“If you did your own hair and make up for work today, you are both very talented. I could never get my winged liner or my ponytail that perfect! ‪#‎makelovenotwar‬ ‪#‎girlpower‬.”

Harriet posted an update to her post shortly after, letting everyone know that the drugstore contacted her and apologized for what happened. They’ll be using her post in future training sessions for their employees. Already, more than 37,000 people have viewed her post on Facebook.

Girl power, indeed.

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