Walmart cashier paints disabled woman’s nails after salon refuses

Posted at 8:41 AM, Aug 07, 2018

(Courtesy CNN / WJRT)

A Walmart cashier’s act of kindness is going viral after she took time on her break to paint the nails of a customer with cerebral palsy who was turned away by an in-store nail salon. 

According to ABC News, Angela Peters is a regular customer at the Walmart where cashier Ebony Harris works in Burton, Michigan.

Peters was at the store to have her nails done when the salon, according to Angela, said that her shaking, which is caused by her cerebral palsy, would make painting them too difficult. She was turned away. 

Harris says that she has sometimes helped Peters shop and when she heard about Peters being turned away, stepped in to do her nails and make sure her day was not ruined. 

Taking time out of her break, Harris sat down with Peters at the in-store Subway and began painting her nails a sparkly shade of blue that the two had picked out together. 

A worker at the Subway, Tasia Smith, took a photo of the two and posted it to Facebook where it quickly went viral. 

Harris told ABC News that she is grateful for the attention that the story has received.

"I love it and it hit my soul in a very deep place," Harris said. "It makes me feel good, but it’s very overwhelming."

Walmart shared the following statement with ABC about Harris and her actions:

"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 two hope that the story will raise awareness for those with disabilities and want to make sure that the salon that turned Peters away doesn’t face any backlash.

"I forgive the nail people for not doing my nails," Peters 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."

Read the original story from ABC News, here.