What would you do if a pair of complete strangers started insulting you in public?
Most of us probably wouldn’t react well to that situation. Some of us might even get aggressive and fight back. But Dianne Hoffmeyer of Fort Gratiot, Michigan did just the opposite. She bought them coffee.
It started out as a normal day for Dianne, who was running errands with her 22-month-old daughter. They made a routine stop at the local Tim Horton’s–a doughnut and coffee shop–when the nearly unthinkable happened.
Two middle-aged women behind Dianne and her daughter in line began insulting the mom under their breath. “Look at her hair,” they said, “it’s nasty looking and the roots are coming through.” But their schoolyard insults didn’t stop there.
“She’s a whale.” As Hoffmeyer ordered her cappuccino, the women remarked, “The whale needs to eat. The whale needs to have liquids, maybe she should go back into the water.” That’s when Dianne started to cry. Little did the two strangers know that Dianne had always dealt with weight issues, recently losing over 177 pounds. Even as she started to cry, Hoffmeyer decided to turn the situation around.