Meaningful Manicure: Walmart cashier’s act of kindness goes viral
As a Walmart cashier, Ebony Harris meets people everyday from all walks of life. But it was a disabled woman’s heart-breaking situation that touched her heart and prompted her to perform an act of kindness on one particular day.
Angela Peters stopped by a local Walmart in Burton, Michigan to get her nails painted at the nail salon inside. But since her cerebral palsy makes her hands shake, the nail techs refused to service her. Harris stepped in and decided to take her lunch break to make Peters’ day and paint her nails herself.
The two picked out a bright blue nail color. Wheelchair bound Peters and the very caring Walmart worker, headed over to sit inside a Subway eating area so Harris could take up the task as a temporary nail tech and paint Peters nails.
A Budding Friendship
The two became fast friends.
“Ebony is a nice person,” Peters told ABC News. “I enjoy conversation with her.”
Peters is a Walmart regular and Harris said she has made herself available before to help her shop on previous occassions.
“I knew her from her coming in here shopping,” Harris told ABC News. “I’ve helped her shop a couple of times. I just wanted to do her nails and I didn’t want her day to be ruined.”
As Harris dabbed the polish on Peters’ nails, she apologized for shaking. But Harris told her not to.
“I was a little nervous and was shaking because I didn’t want to mess her nails up,” Harris told ABC News.
Tasia Smith, a bystander saw Harris’ act of good will and decided to take a pic and post it on Facebook.
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“She did great, barely moved & was just so sweet,” Smith wrote on Facebook. “It’s an absolute shame that they denied her for something so little.”
Walmart is proud of their kind employee and released this statement about her act of kindness.
“Ebony simply wanted to make sure our customer’s day was special, and that’s the kind of person she is — someone with a wonderful attitude who goes the extra mile each day to make those around her feel important. We’re not surprised at her act of kindness. Her service to customers defines the spirit of Walmart, and we couldn’t be more proud,” the company said in a statement to ABC News.
As for the nail salon turning away a disabled person, Peters said she doesn’t harbor any ill will against them.
“I forgive the nail people for not doing my nails,” she told ABC News in a statement.
“When people do us wrong we must forgive, if not we harbor bitterness. I don’t want anyone fired, I just [want to] educate people that people with different challenges like being in a wheelchair, we can have our own business and get our nails done like anyone else.”
Harris said she’s overwhelmed by all of the supportive responses she’s received.
“We want people to look at the positive side of the story, that there are a lot of good people out here,” Harris said.