After a nail salon refused to serve a customer with cerebral palsy, one Subway employee stepped up to help.
Sometimes when people see injustice in the world, they look away. They say to themselves, “oh well, at least that didn’t happen to me,” and then they get on with their day to day lives.
Not Ebony Harris. When she saw a woman in a wheelchair being turned away from the Walmart nail salon, she did something incredible. She went up to that woman and offered her services, free of charge.
If that wasn’t already incredible enough, Ebony sacrificed her break to help her out. She works at the Subway located inside of the Walmart in Burton, Michigan, and she’s proven single-handedly that there’s still good left in this world.
Angela Peterson was turned away from Da Vi Nails because she has cerebral palsy–a neurological disorder that prevents her from staying still. The nail salon refused to do her nails because of her condition, but it was a move that Harris wouldn’t stand for.
After picking out her color, Peterson and Harris went back to the Subway sitting area where Harris proceeded to paint her nails. "I just wanted to make her day special,” Harris said to ABC12 local news. “I didn't really want her day to be ruined. That's why I did it. And plus she's a sweetie.”
The whole event was captured on camera by Harris’ coworker, Tasia Smith, who later posted the story to her Facebook account. It then quickly went viral, being shared thousands of times around the world.
For her part, Peters has already forgiven the nail salon for refusing her service. In a post to her own Facebook page, she detailed the story and even requested that nobody be fired just because she wanted to get her nails done. She hopes to bring some attention to the problems that people with disabilities face and that with some visibility, people will be a little bit more understanding.
And naturally, Peters had only praise for Harris’ help. "I thought that was so nice of her and I already felt comfortable with her because, like I said, I shop at Walmart a lot," she said.
We are so thankful that Harris stepped up to make Peters' day extra special, and we certainly hope that many others would have done the same!