While most of us respond with disgust or anger to comments or conversations with a racist tinge, this man in Australia did something unique — his generous response, after overhearing a racist conversation in a café in Perth, has won hearts on the Internet.
Jarred Wall, during his lunch, heard two elderly women talking about Aboriginal Australians in a manner, which, according to his post, was not tasteful. But not going by the usual way of giving insensitive people an earful, he decided to buy them a pot of tea and wrote them a little note on the receipt. His was a very small message, but a poignant one at that. He wrote, “Enjoy the tea. Compliments of the 2 aboriginals sitting next to you on table 26.”
When he later took to social media to write about his experience, the Internet gave his generous and out-of-the-box act, a warm response. His post has been shared about 2,356 times at the time of writing and has been “liked” widely.
Positive comments include kudos and #respect. One said, “One of the best things I’ve seen for a long long time… Well played Sir”, another “Good on you! What an amazing example you are to people EVERYWHERE!”, and yet another, “Good on you Jarred. A gentleman doesn’t do what he would like to do, he does what he should do. You’re a gentleman. All the best to you.”
Here’s the text of his post.
“Went out for lunch today. Food was great but to our misfortune we inadvertently heard two elderly ladies, seated next to us, chatting about aboriginals. The conversation was less than distasteful with words like assimilation thrown around willy nilly. I could have unleashed a tirade of abuse but that wouldn’t have helped. Instead, I did something nice and bought them a pot of tea and left a little note on the receipt. Maybe these ladies will be a little wiser and think before they speak. Hopefully there won’t be a next time! #blacklivesmatter #englishbreakfasttea”
Just another beautiful example that shows how mere generosity in place of furious exchange of words can do the magic.
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