When a biker stopped for a break at a Tim Horton’s restaurant, he noticed that a little girl was looking in his direction. Luc Perreault found the little girl to be very cute, but otherwise, he did not think much about her attention. He had just been test-driving his mother’s motorcycle before stopping at the coffee shop and still had the open road on his mind – until the little girl’s mother said something that pulled him back to the cold, hard ground.
Eventually, the little girl said hello to Perreault, and he replied in kind. However, the girl’s mother quickly rushed over and scolded her daughter for taking a chance to speak to “dirty bikers” who were considered a threat.
The following day, Perreault wrote about the woman’s comment in a Facebook post that quickly went viral for the astounding approach he took to the incident.
“Yes, I am a big 280 lbs guy with motorcycles and full of tattoos, I am a welder, I am loud, I drink beer, I swear, and I look like I would eat your soul if you stare at me wrong,” he wrote, continuing:
“What you don’t know is that I have been happily married for 11 years, my kids call me daddy, I am a college graduate, my mother is proud of me and tells everyone how lucky she is to have such a wonderful son, my nieces and nephews are always happy to see there m’noncl Luc, when my daughter broke her arm I cried more than she did. I read books, I help people, I go out of my way to thank war veterans, and I even cried at Armageddon.
“So next time I smile and say hi to your little girl, and you grab her and tell her, ‘No, no dear, we don’t talk to dirty bikers,’ remember that even though you hurt my feelings, this [‘dirty biker’] would be the first person to run into your burning house to save your little girl’s goldfish so she wouldn’t be sad!!!!”
Many people took notice of the “dirty biker’s” Facebook post. And most of those people either liked his post or shared a comment in response because they wanted to applaud the way he handled the situation, given the mother’s rude comment about his appearance.
“Nice man, never judge, everyone’s on their own path, lift people up!” one Little Things reader commented.
“Well, too bad for that person…. missed out on a new friend!” another wrote on the man’s Facebook post.
It’s not every day that someone can take a negative situation and turn it so positively – but that’s exactly what Luc Perreault did. And in the process, he also may have opened up the minds of a few people who were previously judgmental about those who enjoy riding motorcycles.
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